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 4x4 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.