Richtersveld & West coast 2020

Overview

Yes, it is true. I often get comments about, “why do you want to join a group?” Well I think the biggest reason for joining a group is for sharing experiences with our fellow humans. We are social creatures after all. What is better than enjoying a glass of wine after a day with 4×4 driving, spectacular views and finally peace and quiet, camping in an ancient setting.

You find yourself again. You also find a few pieces of yourself that was missing for a long time. You have the opportunity to measure yourself against the magic of our planet, walking amongst the rocks admired by ancient tribes for the last 80 000 years.

The “fishing contest” has reached its conclusion and a clear winner was not even discussed. It did not matter. It was fun.

This tour has the perfect balance of a bit of 4×4 driving, stunning campsites, geological wows and yes a bit of fishing if you want. One of the only places to catch the small mouth Yellowfish, and we had some big ones!

Following the great Orange river in its final thrushes to get to the Atlantic, adds to the romance and the contrast. 

Early arrivals and late departures to our campsites just gives a real feel of holiday, relaxing and rest. Alternated with a bit of 4×4 driving, ending on the magnificent Atlantic shores and enjoying a seafood meal with freshly baked bread, this tour is fast becoming one of my favourites.

The Itinerary

Day 1.

We all make our way to the starting point of our journey. We meet at our overnight accommodation at Kakamas.

Day 2.

After breakfast we head to the Augrabies waterfall.  We spend a bit of time at this waterfall and enjoying lunch on the premises.  After the visit we continue on the road to Pofadder. Just off the main road at Klein Pella we find our evening accommodation.

Day 3.

We start our backroad journey and hug the Orange River for the day. We camp close to the Orange River for the night. The Spectacular scenery of this area takes up most of our time.

Day 4.

After breakfast we continue our journey and follow the Orange River further west.  We exit the 4×4 section near Vioolsdrift.  Again we Camp on the river Banks for the night.

Day 5.

We take the tar road and travel via Port Nolloth and Alexander Bay towards the Richtersveld. We stock up with food and fuel before we enter the Richtersveld.

Day 6.

We sleep in the Richtersveld for 3 nights. We spend the two days exploring the area and viewing the magnificent rock formations and geology of the area. Campsite is on the river bank.

Day 8.

After spending a glorious 2 days in the Richtersveld,  We leave the park and head back towards Alexander Bay and Port Nolloth. We turn south and travel past Kleinzee, the De Beers diamond mine. We had towards Hondeklip bay for the night.  Tonight we will sleep in the Hondeklip Bay accommodation and eat in their restaurant if you don’t feel like cooking.

Day 9.

After breakfast we head South towards the Groenrivier mouth.  We enter the park and drive along the beach to our campsite. This area is well known for the Vygie flowers.

Day 10.

Our last full day on the tour we travel further down with the coast passing the Namaqua Sands plant.  We accept the coastal route and head towards Vredendal. Lunch in a restaurant, and maybe catch up on some shopping. From here the tour concludes and we all go our separate ways.

Tour specific comments

Vehicle:

A normal 4×4 with low range as you buy them from the shop floor. No special kit required.

Drivers:

No experience required, I personally guide the tour and will give you everything you need as we go.

Towing:

You may bring your off road trailer or a small off road caravan.

Other:

No passport required for South Africans

Here is a video of the route, 2020 will be the same as 2019.

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