|The Richtersveld World Heritage Site|
|Written by Craig Heath|
|Wednesday, 11 May 2011 11:31|
The Richtersveld World Heritage Site and Trans-frontier National Park is a place I've always wanted to explore. The 4x4 terrain, rare botanical diversity and amazingly rugged Landscapes, not to mention the Stars is nothing short of breath taking. This National Park provides self catering camping so you need to book in advance and is only open for the parts of the year due to the extreme heat.
The Quiver tree or Kokerboom is a Aloe species Aloe dichotoma and indigenous to Southern Africa, specifically in the Northern Cape and Namibia and gets its name from the San people which practice hollowing out the tubular branches of Aloe to form quivers for their arrows. Planning is crucial and the distances in the park can be far so you don't want to miss out on the unique flora and fauna, get out the car and explore the surroundings other than around your camp site.
Vygies - Root System - Aloe dichotoma- Quiver Tree
Hand of God
We were delighted to spot the Klipspringer and the Springbok from afar but the Hartmann’s mountain zebra and various other small Antelopes also roam the Park.
Unfortunately we didn't spend the night at Kokerboom camp ( image 1 ) which in my opinion is the best camp in the park, high up in the Mountains with Quiver trees everywhere and huge rock formations, a Photographers dream!! Following much debate and some awesome 4x4 roads we headed back down to De Hoop on the Orange River.
This was our final night, the River was running strong and my desire to return was even stronger. If you enjoy Camping and Photography the Richtersveld World Heritage Site and Trans-frontier National Park is a Top destination so book early!
The importance of protecting these lands and the Eco systems that live in them from Mining should be our top priority.
Until next time, enjoy!
|Last Updated on Thursday, 12 May 2011 18:14|