Richtersveld Wilderness Camp

Sunday 25 September 2022

It was a lovely, warm and sunny day today. We spent the day enjoying the camp. There are a variety of birds to watch and Earl did a spot of fishing. We saw lots of fish jumping but they stubbornly refused to bite.

Never happier than with a rod in his hand
Mountain Wheatear
Mountain Wheatear
Familiar Chat
Common Waxbill
Cape Wagtail
White-fronted Bee-Eater
Cape Bunting
A family of Egyptian Geese

Some river rafters came by which was lovely to see. There were young couples, parents with kids and older folk too. They all seemed to be having a lot of fun. I shouted out to one of the guides who told me they were on a three-day paddle.

A guide transporting the supplies
To make up for not braaing on Heritage Day we had one this evening.

Monday 26 September 2022 Exploring the Richtersveld

Today we braved the very rough roads of the Richtersveld. We wanted to find the Petroglyphs and were successful in our quest. We enjoyed the dramatic scenery too. The highlight was seeing the cairns that so many tourists to the area have built. Cathy and I also built one each but she was far more skillful than I!

Construction workers hut? Nothing else in sight
A single shack in a very harsh environment

It was sad to see that both the Petroglyphs that we stopped to look at were covered with graffiti. It is beyond belief that modern man would want to deface something dating back from prehistoric times.

A sign asking people to show some respect
Many centuries ago this was beaten out with a sharp rock
Amazing colours
There were thousands of these cairns all over the landscape
It was an amazing sight
Cathy’s cairn
The Earl thought he could be a cairn
We found this interesting bug – no idea what it is

In spite of it being a very harsh environment, the Richtersveld is dramatically beautiful. It was a worthwhile visit which we all very much enjoyed.

Tuesday 27 September 2022 Richtersveld Wilderness Camp to Vanrhynsdorp Caravan Park

Early morning reflections – Richtersveld Wilderness Camp

We left Richtersveld Wilderness Camp at 8:30 am and made our way to Springbok where we had breakfast. We then continued to Vanrhynsdorp Caravan Park and arrived at around 3:30 pm. It is hot and dry here.

After the long drive, we did not feel like cooking so we went to the camp’s restaurant – ZAR – for dinner. It is very popular with the locals and the food is fantastic. ZAR stands for Zuid Afrika Restaurant

Alec had Chicken Schnitzel, Cathy had Sirloin with bacon and cheese sauce, Earl and I had Sirloin with cheese, onion and spinach sauce

Tomorrow, Cathy and Alec will return to Napier but the Earl and I will continue to Langebaan and spend two nights at Leentjiesklip Caravan Park. We will be visiting a friend who lives in Langebaan before making our way back to Struisbaai.

Thanks for following along on our journey.

9 thoughts on “Richtersveld Wilderness Camp

  1. de Wets Wild

    Such a harsh environment, and yet so breathtakingly beautiful!
    Sad to read though that some people who visit such a wonderful place feel the need to deface it. Why go so far to do such damage?

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  2. Mary Craig

    It all looks very interesting but really very barren. All those rocks I must say I’ve never seen that part of the world before. The birds are beautiful and u all seem to be having a great time. Thanks for photos from Langebaan was great to see.

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  3. wetanddustyroads

    The Common Waxbill looks as if he/she was near the red paint … so many beautiful birds! Yes, we were also saddened to see the graffiti on the Petroglyphs 😔. That is a great stretch of road to drive … when you have the right car and plenty of time!

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