A main tarred road traces the outskirts of the Richtersveld Route area – the R382 that leaves the N7 at Steinkopf and travels to Port Nolloth and then north along the coast to Alexander Bay. Dirt roads criss-cross the area between the tar road and the Orange River. The condition of these roads is variable, so it is always best to enquire with the locals should you be driving a non-4x4. If you are heading for the Richtersveld National Park, you have a number of options besides the tarred road along the coast.  
From Cape Town travel north on the N7 until you reach Steinkopf. Turn left towards Port Nolloth and head to Alexander Bay. From Alexander Bay travel inland to the park, following the signs of the Sanparks.

From Johannesburg and Bloemfontein, travel on the N14 through Upington to Springbok. At Springbok, turn right onto the N7.

The quickest way to get to the Park from N7 (RSA) and B1 (Namibia) is to turn off at Steinkopf and approach via Port Nolloth and Alexander Bay with only the last 80km being on dirt.

For those wishing to vary their route and get a broader picture of the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld the road from Vioolsdrift, via Kotzehoop, through spectacular scenery to Eksteenfontein and then on to Sendelingsdrift is one well worth traveling. (If you take this route please respect the interests of the Kotzehoop farmers whose crops are affected by the dust from speeding vehicles.)

  • The scenic route via Kuboes, Lekkersing and Eksteenfontein provides an additional dimension of what the region has to offer.
  • Another spectacular route, recommended for 4x4 vehicles only, is over the mountain pass via Helskloof Reserve between Eksteenfontein and Vioolsdrift.
  • Admission and overnight permits must be obtained at the park office at Sendelingsdrift before entering the park.
  • Overnight visitors must arrive before 16:00 to reach camping sites before dark.
  • Internal roads are ‘farm tracks’, mainly suited to 4x4 vehicles, but vehicles with high clearances such as kombis and LDV’s do travel in the park. Sedan vehicles are not permitted.
  • Due to deep-sanded riverbeds and rough mountain passes, driving in convoy is recommended.
  • Single vehicles must sign an agreement to report back to park headquarters on departure.
  • The old pont, that was last in service in 1988, when South West Africa (now Namibia) was still governed by South Africa, has been restored and offers an unusual and convenient way of crossing the Garib (Orange) River that separates the two countries. Before the opening of this border a very inconvenient 485km detour and about 4 hours drive had to be undertaken to cross from one side of the Park to the other.
  • Driving in the park at night is not permitted.
Driving in the Park
The Richtersveld National Park provides a genuine offroad adventure and can only be travelled by 4x4 with high ground clearance. Particularly difficult are some riverbeds with soft sand and the rocky mountain passes. You should drive in a convoy. Drivers of single vehicles have to check out at the park office when they leave. One must be at the park office before 16:00 to reach the campsites before dark. Night drives are not permitted.
  Cape Town - 875 km
Upington - 720 km
Johannesburg - 1 595 km
Durban - 1 992 km
Springbok - 320 km
Port Nolloth - 180 km
Alexander Bay - 90 km
  Sendelingsdrif – Helskloof Entry Gate - 22 km (25 min)
Helskloof Gate-Kokerboomkloof - 78.3 km
Helskloof Gate-Richtersberg - 68.5 km
Helskloof Gate- De Hoop - 53.7 km
Richtersberg – De Hoop - 8.1 km (Deep sand and sharp rocks)
Sendelingsdrif-Potjiespram - 9 km
Sendelingsdrif-De Hoop - 38.2 km
Sendelingsdrif / Richtersberg / Kokerboomkloof / Helskloof / Sendelingsdrift - 203 km (9 hrs)