Year in the Wild Blog

The Richtersveld…nothing can compare

Today was our first full day in the Richtersveld National Park. It was intense – physically and visually. We drove 80 kilometres the whole day on some tough 4×4 tracks, and saw one other vehicle. But we arrived safely at Tatasberg Wilderness Camp on the Orange River, with golden mountains to our left, right and centre.

It’s hard to think it’s a Monday evening. Conventional time seems irrelevant here. Geological time reigns. I am now writing this blog with the stars above me, and the half-moon sliding across the sky, and the sound of the river’s rapids below. The Richtersveld is hypnotic…the mountains pull you into its embrace with an awesome fascination. But it’s not a place to take lightly. It may be South Africa’s most remote wilderness area. Our Ford Everest and Conqueror Trailer brought us here safely today. I’m simply happy to be here. There’s a fine line between ending up dead, and enjoying these desert mountains. If you’re prepared and informed, it can be an amazing experience. But if not, then it can turn tricky.

Tonight this quote from Edward Abbey seems really appropriate to me…

“The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach. It is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only home we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need – if only we had the eyes to see.”

Tomorrow, we hope to climb into the mountains to see if we can find some “kokerboom” trees to photograph.

Enjoy the pics…I just wish you were able to see this place for your selves…

The road to Richtersveld National Park

The road to Richtersveld National Park

 

The first view of the Orange River

The first view of the Orange River

 

Unless you weren't sure...

Unless you weren't sure...

 

The road into the Richtersveld mountains

The road into the Richtersveld mountains

 

Sunset...

Sunset...

 

The Orange River at Sendelingsdrif, the entrance to Richtersveld National Park

The Orange River at Sendelingsdrif, the entrance to Richtersveld National Park

 

The pont from Namibia to South Africa across the Orange River

The pont from Namibia to South Africa across the Orange River

 

Why you don't sleep on the ground here...

Why you don't sleep on the ground here...

 

Petroglyphs near Sendelingsdrif...that is Koos Josop's hand, field ranger at Richtersveld

Petroglyphs near Sendelingsdrif...that is Koos Josop's hand, field ranger at Richtersveld

 

Flowers in Richtersveld National Park - the winter rains change this very dry landscape into a smorgasbord of colours

Flowers in Richtersveld National Park - the winter rains change this very dry landscape into a smorgasbord of colours

 

The hand of God...and Gareth's hand!

The hand of God...and Gareth's hand!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White dorper sheep in the Richtersveld...

White dorper sheep in the Richtersveld...

 

The Richtersveld is a community-owned reserve...and Joseph Obies is a shepherd of 50 white dorper sheep

The Richtersveld is a community-owned reserve...and Joseph Obies is a shepherd of 50 white dorper sheep

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oom Willie at Tatasberg...with a yellow fish from the Orange River!

Oom Willie at Tatasberg...with a yellow fish from the Orange River!

 

Our river view at Tatasberg in Richtersveld National Park

Our river view at Tatasberg in Richtersveld National Park

 

To the Southern stars...thank you for getting us here safely

To the Southern stars...thank you for getting us here safely

Thanks again to my sponsors for making it all possible. CapeNature, South African National Parks, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, Eastern Cape Parks, iSimangaliso Wetland ParkFord, Total, Evosat, Conqueror TrailersVodacom, Digicape, Lacie, Frontrunner, K-Way, EeziAwnNational Luna, Nokia , Goodyear, Global Fleet Sales, Hetzner and Clearstream Consulting.

3 comments

  • Looks amazing! Cant believe that you guys touched Gods hand… must have filled you with energy and love… Tell G not to be such a poser… flexing those muscles and such (; Flowers look grogeous.
    Look forward to hearing the stories.
    Its a beautiful sunny day here in cape town… alas I am in the office tho
    hope to hear from you guys soon
    xK

  • The white Dorper sheep that you photographed are actually Boer Goats

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