Potjiespram Restcamp - Richtersveld Transfrontier Park National Park| safari.com
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Overview

Potjiespram Mountains are one of the Richtersveld Transfrontier National Park's most endearing and popular sights, and also, the source of the beautiful Potjiespram Camp Site's name. Resting gently along the sandy banks of a local river, surrounded by a thick, lush, riverine forest area, Potjiespram gives guests a true feeling of seclusion and privacy - a unique and thoroughly enjoyable camping experience, the water. 

Accommodation

Accommodation at Potjiespram is provided in eighteen six-person camp sites, all linked back to communal ablution facilities. Cold water showers are provided, and the Environmental Education Centre's traditional Nama huts are available for overnight visits from school groups. 

Activities & Facilities

Outdoor activities at Potjiespram range from camel and horse riding trails, mountain biking, to river rafting, canoeing and guided vehicle tours of the immediate area, and hiking and walking trails. The park at large has no shops, but guests can use the filling station and purchase supplies at the general store in Sendelingsdrif, open on weekdays only.

Sendelingsdrif's restored pontoon provides a convenient crossing point the Garib (Orange) River - a trip around which a four hour drive is required.

Regulations are as follows:

Maximum carrying capacity is 6 Metric Tones or:

• 2 standard 4x4 vehicles without trailers
• 1 standard 4x4 vehicle with trailer
• 2 standard light motor vehicles with trailers
• 1 bus with a seating capacity of less than 20

Hours:
Summer and winter: 8:00 – 16:15 (weather permitting)

Important Information

Day visits to the park are not recommended, due to the large distance required to actually arrive at the park itself, unless accommodation nearby is acquired.

Sendelingsdrif filling station is the closes source of petrol for visitors:

Fuel Station hours: Everyday from 08:00 to 16:00

Wildlife

Mammals to spot while out on safari in the Richtersveld area include caracal, Black-backed jackal, Porcupine, Chacma baboon, Brown hyaena, Duiker, Klipspringer, Steenbok, Leopard, and Dassie, out of many others. Potjiespram has the best of both worlds with mountains and a river, providing lush vegetation.

Birding here often yields Ostrich, Purple Heron, Darter, Booted Eagle, Martial Eagle, Osprey and Peregrine Falcon, African Black Duck, Curlew Sandpiper, Cape Eagle Owl, and the Pied Kingfisher, although many others can be found.

Directions

To Richtersveld Transfrontier National Park:

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.

Also an option for travel:

• 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 Sendelingsdrif before entering the park.

• Overnight visitors must arrive before 16:00 to reach camping sites like Potjiespram 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.

Gate Hours:
• 1 October to 30 April: 07:00 – 19:00
• 1 May to 30 September: 07:00 – 18:00

GPS: -28.0547 (latitude), 17.0349 (longitude) 

Reviews


Christo Gerber

We changed camping to Sendelingsdrift instead, which was a huge plus on our schedule as it was late when we arrived.

Gert Kalis

We stayed in Potjiespram in December and now again in April. One word AWESOME!! We'll be back.......De Hoop is next!

Suzette Kleinhans

To me this was the best camp site. Very quiet and well protected from the wind. The apes were a problem and nowhere were signs up to warn people about them. Lots of birds. We stayed 3 nights.

L Grassow

the camp was basic as expected and obviously the river had changed the area during the rainy season, so the camp was enclosed by thick bush and river not easily accessed. Noise from mining activity was intrusive.

gary vasconcellos

The lady at the Transformation Gate was a huge embarrassment to myself and my felow guests. She was unappreciated unfriendly and rude. I mentioned that to reception thereafter where we signed in and make other payments.

Gert Kalis

In general the experience was awesome. Maintenace of ablution facilities is a problem and can improve.

Johan van Vuuren

Not for the faint hearted but a wonderful camp particularly when the mountains are a rockery of flowering plants. The protection of the natural bush makes sheltered camping and the Nama style ablutions are great (the water is cold). We will visit again.

William H van Dongen

A lot of vervet monkeys at Potjiespram, which are a real nuisance

Paul van der Merwe

A lot of vervet monkeys at Potjiespram, which are a real nuisance

Paul van der Merwe

Potjiespram Mountains are one of the Richtersveld Transfrontier National Park's most endearing and popular sights, and also, the source of the beautiful Potjiespram Camp Site's name. Resting gently along the sandy banks of a local river, surrounded by a thick, lush, riverine forest area, Potjiespram gives guests a true feeling of seclusion and privacy - a unique and thoroughly enjoyable camping experience, the water. 

Accommodation at Potjiespram is provided in eighteen six-person camp sites, all linked back to communal ablution facilities. Cold water showers are provided, and the Environmental Education Centre's traditional Nama huts are available for overnight visits from school groups. 

Outdoor activities at Potjiespram range from camel and horse riding trails, mountain biking, to river rafting, canoeing and guided vehicle tours of the immediate area, and hiking and walking trails. The park at large has no shops, but guests can use the filling station and purchase supplies at the general store in Sendelingsdrif, open on weekdays only.

Sendelingsdrif's restored pontoon provides a convenient crossing point the Garib (Orange) River - a trip around which a four hour drive is required.

Regulations are as follows:

Maximum carrying capacity is 6 Metric Tones or:

• 2 standard 4x4 vehicles without trailers
• 1 standard 4x4 vehicle with trailer
• 2 standard light motor vehicles with trailers
• 1 bus with a seating capacity of less than 20

Hours:
Summer and winter: 8:00 – 16:15 (weather permitting)

Day visits to the park are not recommended, due to the large distance required to actually arrive at the park itself, unless accommodation nearby is acquired.

Sendelingsdrif filling station is the closes source of petrol for visitors:

Fuel Station hours: Everyday from 08:00 to 16:00

Mammals to spot while out on safari in the Richtersveld area include caracal, Black-backed jackal, Porcupine, Chacma baboon, Brown hyaena, Duiker, Klipspringer, Steenbok, Leopard, and Dassie, out of many others. Potjiespram has the best of both worlds with mountains and a river, providing lush vegetation.

Birding here often yields Ostrich, Purple Heron, Darter, Booted Eagle, Martial Eagle, Osprey and Peregrine Falcon, African Black Duck, Curlew Sandpiper, Cape Eagle Owl, and the Pied Kingfisher, although many others can be found.

To Richtersveld Transfrontier National Park:

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.

Also an option for travel:

• 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 Sendelingsdrif before entering the park.

• Overnight visitors must arrive before 16:00 to reach camping sites like Potjiespram 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.

Gate Hours:
• 1 October to 30 April: 07:00 – 19:00
• 1 May to 30 September: 07:00 – 18:00

GPS: -28.0547 (latitude), 17.0349 (longitude) 

Christo Gerber

We changed camping to Sendelingsdrift instead, which was a huge plus on our schedule as it was late when we arrived.

Gert Kalis

We stayed in Potjiespram in December and now again in April. One word AWESOME!! We'll be back.......De Hoop is next!

Suzette Kleinhans

To me this was the best camp site. Very quiet and well protected from the wind. The apes were a problem and nowhere were signs up to warn people about them. Lots of birds. We stayed 3 nights.

L Grassow

the camp was basic as expected and obviously the river had changed the area during the rainy season, so the camp was enclosed by thick bush and river not easily accessed. Noise from mining activity was intrusive.

gary vasconcellos

The lady at the Transformation Gate was a huge embarrassment to myself and my felow guests. She was unappreciated unfriendly and rude. I mentioned that to reception thereafter where we signed in and make other payments.

Gert Kalis

In general the experience was awesome. Maintenace of ablution facilities is a problem and can improve.

Johan van Vuuren

Not for the faint hearted but a wonderful camp particularly when the mountains are a rockery of flowering plants. The protection of the natural bush makes sheltered camping and the Nama style ablutions are great (the water is cold). We will visit again.

William H van Dongen

A lot of vervet monkeys at Potjiespram, which are a real nuisance

Paul van der Merwe

A lot of vervet monkeys at Potjiespram, which are a real nuisance

Paul van der Merwe

Accommodation options

Camp Site (CK6)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
06 Oct 2019 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 16 $ 5 $ 2 6 people
01 Nov 2019 — 31 Jul 2020 $ 17 $ 6 $ 3 6 people
01 Aug 2020 — 30 Sep 2020 $ 18 $ 6 $ 3 6 people
01 Oct 2020 — 31 Oct 2020 $ 17 $ 6 $ 3 6 people
From $ 16

For 2 people

- Ablutions - Access through Sendelingsdrif - COLD water shower - No power - Very rustic