Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2020
    Location
    Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)
    Posts
    5
    Thanked: 0

    Question Roads to & from Richtersveld

    We are due to travel to the Richtersveld National Park in April. Our planned route was Steinkopf, Port Nolloth, Alexander Bay & an overnight stop at Brandkaros. After a 5 day stay in the Park we had planned to leave De Hoop & go into Namibia at Sendelingsdrif & then north to Aus where we are meeting friends. At the moment the borders at Alexander Bay & Sendelingsdrif are still closed & the Sendelingsdrif pont will not operate for some months due to the high & fast flow of the Orange River. It seems we have only 2 options to enter Namibia.
    1) Returning to Alexander Bay, Steinkopf & then on to Vioolsdrif
    2) Driving via Sendelingsdrif, Eksteenfontein, Helskloof Pass to Vioolsdrif
    We do not know this area, have no idea of the road conditions or travelling times & will be travelling alone. To add to the problem is the fact that we have to obtain PCR Covid tests to enter Namibia & have no idea where this can be done. It seems that time is against us & we will have to cancel our Richtersveld bookings. I would appreciate any info. on the routes, road conditions, travelling times & border crossing regulations with regards Covid.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Bloemfontein
    Age
    56
    Posts
    1,927
    Thanked: 333

    Default Re: Roads to & from Richtersveld

    The quickest route would be over Alexander Bay.

    The route via Eksteensfontein is scenic but rough at spots and you have time constraints.

    Cannot advise you on Covid testing facilities.

    Why not do the Richtersveld at the end of the trip, eliminating the Covid-test issue?


    Bostoe
    Last edited by bostoe; 2021/02/28 at 03:04 PM.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Walker Bay
    Age
    77
    Posts
    9,522
    Thanked: 1271

    Default Re: Roads to & from Richtersveld

    I hear testing is available at the State hospital in Upington also Upington Mediclinic (Pathcare) if you wish to enter Namibia. Ariamsvlei border post is open. May be worth checking this option.
    Last edited by Paul Dold; 2021/03/01 at 01:59 AM.

    ďAfrica changes you forever, like nowhere on earth. Once you have been there, you will never be the same." - Ernest Hemingway

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2020
    Location
    Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)
    Posts
    5
    Thanked: 0

    Default Re: Roads to & from Richtersveld

    Thank you for the feedback. We are re-planning our route.
    For anyone who may be interested I have discovered that there is a Pathcare in Springbok. The PCR Covid test, which is required by Namibia, can be done there. It is necessary to book in advance as they have limited hours - Monday to Friday - when they do the test. Also the results will take 48 hours before one can cross the border.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •