Frequently asked Questions

• Is the Richtersveld Wilderness Camp on the SA or Namibian side of the river?
o On the South African side – approximately 22km from Vioolsdrift.
• Do I need a passport?
o No, not if you are visiting from within South Africa. Yes, if you are booked to do a river rafting trip, as the trips finish on the Namibian side of the river.
• Is a 4×4 necessary to reach the camp?
o No. The gravel road from Vioolsdrift to the camp may be driven in a normal car, however, it is corrugated and stony in parts so please drive with due care and check that your spare wheel is in good order beforehand.
• Is there a shop/restaurant or bar at the campsite?
o No, we offer only tranquil, tree-shaded campsites. There are NO bar, restaurant or shop facilities at our camp.
• Is there a swimming pool?
o Nope, just the Orange River. There are no crocodiles we promise.
Where is the nearest shop for groceries and supplies?
o The superette and liquor store at Vioolsdrift (approx 20km from the camp) stocks the basic groceries, ice, frozen braai-packs, cooldrinks etc. There is also a roadside café about 10km from our camp where you can buy ice, bread and basic items.
• Do you have chalets or cottages available to rent?
o Our campsite offers only self-catered camping – so you’ll need to bring your own tent and be completely self-sufficient.
• Is the campsite dog / pet-friendly?
o Sorry, No dogs or pets allowed.

How close is the camp to the IAi-Iais / Richtersveld Transfrontier Park?
o Geographically we are virtually neighbours, however, the Park entrance is at Sendelingsdrif – approx. 125km (4-5 hours) by road from our camp.
• What about malaria?
o The Richtersveld is a malaria-free area.
Is the tap water at the camp drinkable?
o The tap-water provided at the camp is untreated river water. It is recommended that guests bring their own water for consumption.
• Are there snakes and scorpions?
o Being a wilderness area snakes and scorpions, although seldom encountered, may be present in the environment. We advise wearing closed shoes, particularly after sunset when scorpions become more active.
When is the best time to visit the Richtersveld?
o Spring and Autumn offer warm, sunny days and mild nights. Winter is mild to cool with little rainfall, however, the night-time temperatures can drop considerably in Winter and Mid-Summer daytime temperatures can get uncomfortably hot!
• Is there cell phone reception at the camp?
o No. There is no South African cellular coverage at the camp although there is sometimes sporadic Namibian cellular service connectivity on international roaming.