Activities in the Richtersveld National Park include hiking, 4x4 trails, bird watching, mountain biking and donkey-cart rides.
Artists, seafood lovers, geologists, photographers and those interested in indigenous culture, diamond mining and desert-living will all find the Richtersveld enchanting.
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Experience the Richtersveld from a canoe. Join us for 4 day Orange River Rafting through the Richtersveld Desert. Visit for more information.

Adventure and Outdoor Activities

  • Flowering season – experience the springtime floral splendour of the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld area (between June and October, depending on good rains).
  • Bird watching – almost 200 species in the park.

Guided Trails

  • Vensterval Trail (4 days, 3 nights)
  • Lelieshoek-Oemsberg Trail (3 days, 2 nights)
  • Kodaspiek Trail (2 days, 1 night)
  • The above mentioned are only available from 1 April to 30 September
  • Guided walking trails will be conducted from a base camp called Hakiesdoring hiking camp soon.

Hiking Trails Base Camp

The Hiking Trails Base Camp, which is situated in the panoramic Ganakouriep Valley and accommodates 9 people opened in mid-July. Gas stoves, fridges and hot showers are available. The hiking trail itself is not open due to a shortage of qualified guides but groups under the control of an appropriately qualified guide may be allowed to hike. It is strongly recommended that they take a person with extensive knowledge of the area with them to enhance their experience and minimize the risks associated with this terrain and climate. Bookings for this unit will be taken three months in advance until such time as the trails issue has been resolved. It is also an ideal location from which to explore the Park by vehicle. Note that the water is not suitable for drinking and it is recommended that guests should bring their own drinking water.

4x4 Driving in the Richtersveld:
Unique route to watch birds, rare succulents and the rugged landscape of the Richtersveld National Park.
Flower Season in the Richtersveld