Richtersveld is one of the direst areas throughout South Africa, but it has a vast array of plants compared to any other desert in the entire world. The early morning fog called the “lhuries” or “Malmokkies” is the reason for this life-sustaining moisture.
Among the 2,700 plant species available at Richtersveld, 560 are indigenous only to this place. The whole region is composed of Port Nolloth, Steinkopf, Alexander Baay, Lekkersing and Koeboes, Eksteenfontein, and the renowned Richtersveld Natural Park.
The community in Richtersveld is a combination of Aboriginal Nama and Khoi people. There are also Bosluisbasters who are descendants of the Koi and white unions, adventure seekers, prospectors, and missionaries. At about 15 kilometers outside of Koeboes, there is what locals believe to be an eerie and mythical sink hole. Legend has it that this hole is said to be the habitat of a huge snake with a diamond-like shape on the forehead. Aside from the culture, people often come to this area to go diving as it is considered as one of the deepest dive sites all throughout South Africa.
Once in Richtersveld, tourists should not miss going on a 4×4 adventure driving along the Springbok flats. One should be on the lookout for some Jackal Buzzards, Ground Squirrels, Hartmann’s Mountain Zebras, Rock Hyraxes, and the half-human or “halfmens” ( Pachypodium namaquanum). Make sure that you have a camera within reach in case you spot various species of the quiver trees and the appealing rust-red or brown aloe.
Travelers can put up tents at Kokerboomkloof or stay at the numerous chalets near the Orange River in Sendelingsdrift, Ganakourie Wilderness Camp, or Tatasberg if you want a bit of comfort and luxury. If you want to experience desolation, fun, and life then come to Richtersveld where these three are mixed in a very unique environment.