Vioolsdrif to Alexanderbaai along Orange River




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    Default Vioolsdrif to Alexanderbaai along Orange River

    Last year we did a route with a group of people from Pella to just before Vioolsdrif.

    This year December (yes I know its crazy hot) we would like to do Vioolsdrif to Alexander Bay all along the Orange river as well.


    Is this similar to the Pella stretch where one can drive all along the Orange river and sleep anywhere, not specifically in the paid campsites, and can utilise the 4x4 routes vs the busier tar routes.
    From what I have seen the "Part 2" of the Namakwa Eco route cuts down in the south of Richtersveld from Viools to Alexander. We would be interested in spending a few nights in Richertsveld area moving along the Orange River and possibly more North, before making the straight line to Alexander bay.




    Does one need a permit for this route(who do we contact and costs)?
    How long would it typically take following the Orange river from Vioolsdrif to Alexanderbaai?

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    Default Re: Vioolsdrif to Alexanderbaai along Orange River

    If you want to keep close to the river, you have to travel along the Namibian side. There is only a short section where the road turns away fron the river. Close to Noordoewer there are several camp sites, mostly belonging to the river rafters. No wild camping. Further along there is formal camping at Narotshama and Ausenkerr, as for wild camping, I am not sure where you are allowed to camp or not to camp on the Namibian side. Re-eneter SA at Sendelingsdrift with the ferry. Make sure thet are up and running.

    On the SA side you can only stay close as far as Modderdrift, then, no matter what, all tracks lead away from the river. Along that short stretch there are many camp sites but no wild camping. The next place you can get to the river is at Sendelingsdrift where you have to enter the Richtersveld National Park. You cannot enter it from the east. Spend time in the park, move back Eastwards along the river, Potjiespram, De Hoop, Richtersberg, then backtrack and exit again at Sendelingsdrift and then drive along the river to Alexander Bay. This is mostly a mining area and as far as I know, no good places to camp.

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    Default Re: Vioolsdrif to Alexanderbaai along Orange River

    Quote Originally Posted by tsapers View Post
    ...we would like to do Vioolsdrif to Alexander Bay all along the Orange river as well...
    In short, there isn't a route like this. As said above the closest to this is on the Namibian side, although a plain gravel road. On the SA side you'll have to enter the Richtersveld and stay at their campsites.
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    Default Re: Vioolsdrif to Alexanderbaai along Orange River

    Thanks Guys!

    From what I can see that area is split into the Richtersveld World Heritage Site and then Sanparks Park in the North. Is this one Sanparks area just split on the map or two seperate parks? Sanparks I understand we will have to pay for permits to enter and book accomodation beforehand to stay in the park, what about the Richtersveld WHS, is this also access controlled with permits to be booked beforehand as well as accommodation?

    Any idea on time\distance from Vioolsdrift > Modderdrift > Sendelingsdrift and would there be options to wild camp if needed?

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    Default Re: Vioolsdrif to Alexanderbaai along Orange River

    We did the full trail last year July. The second part (that you wish to do) is inland, away from the river to the south, in the conservancy—not SanParks. We took two easy days. The Bakkrans campsite is unique as you can park your vehicle and tent inside the cave. We made it from there to Senelingsdrif in a day comfortably, and on to De Hoop campsite as well in the same day.
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