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

Richtersveld Transfrontier National Park is equal parts authentic bush getaway, and historic charm, with Sendelingsdrif Rest Camp at the meeting point between nature and man made history. Self catering, and constructed in a style reminiscent of the area's mining history, Sendelingsdrif Rest Camp lies at the centre if this national park's gorgeous natural heritage, with stunning views and easy access to a wealth of stunning safari sights. 

Accommodation

Accommodation at Sendelingsdrif comprises of two and four-bed air conditioned chalets, complete with a full range of kitchen utensils and utilities, cold water showers, and access to the camp's swimming facilities.

Activities & Facilities

Guests can enjoy guided tours (a particular treat during the park's amazing flowering season), walking trails in the park conducted over different time periods, and stunning bird watching excursions. Guests have access to a filling station and small general store, both of which are 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 closest 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 Transfrontier National Park area include caracal, Black-backed jackal, Porcupine, Chacma baboon, Brown hyaena, Duiker, Klipspringer, Steenbok, Leopard, and Dassie, out of many others.

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 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


We had a good stay in Sendlingsdrift.

Brigitte Klose

Great service from friendly staff. Neat and comfortable houses. Beautiful vast area.

Hester Nel

The accommodation was perfect, the staff very friendly and helpful. The Richtersveld was an experience of a lifetime. I enjoyed it all. Thanks for everything.

Deon van Staden

We had a comfortable stay at Sendelingsdrif, with all the basic essentials necessary in our chalet and a nice hot shower! What did concern us however was a lack of sign in when immediately entering and exiting the Richetersveld. Given its remoteness, we think it would be a simple enough exercise to have a book available for visitors to enter car type and expected exit from park at which entrance and then sign out. Certainly would have given us some peace of mind as solo travellers. Beautiful scenery made for an exciting and amazing experience.

Jane Fenner

Late arrival was arranged. Only one chalet was given while two was booked. The next day refund was promised and initiated

Ben Peyper

The campsite at De Hoop is was very nice. The ablution facilities was clean and in good working order. It makes a big difference to have proper toilets and a shower (even though cold)

Visagie J

We enjoyed the peaceful setting. The chalet was very comfortable with all the mod-cons, and a really nice shower! The staff were very friendly and helpful.

Keith Kovachi

we found the mine noisy but cottages clean and well equipped. The ferry experience was good and well managed

gary vasconcellos

We had a great experience and will go back to Richtersveld. The staff were very helpful and friendly, the chalets and surroundings were comfortable and clean and we were dazzled by the beauty of the place. We did find it a bit hard to read the map in relation to the signs but after some puzzling we figured it out and managed to be on the roads we needed to be on. They signposting could be a little clearer I think! Our only complaint was one lady at the shop who was the rudest and least helpful person I've come across in a long time! She went out of her way, it seemed to us, to be as obnoxious as possible... She clearly had some kind of problem but she needs to grow up and keep it to herself!RegardsKen Hagens

Ken Hagens

Disappointed to say the least. Arrived at pond on Saturday 18 at about 12 noon. Nobody operating the pontoon. I also have not been told that there is only certain operating hours for the pontoon coming in from Rosh Pinah side. Had to find other accomodation and left Namibia the following day via Vioolsdrift.

Piet

Richtersveld Transfrontier National Park is equal parts authentic bush getaway, and historic charm, with Sendelingsdrif Rest Camp at the meeting point between nature and man made history. Self catering, and constructed in a style reminiscent of the area's mining history, Sendelingsdrif Rest Camp lies at the centre if this national park's gorgeous natural heritage, with stunning views and easy access to a wealth of stunning safari sights. 

Accommodation at Sendelingsdrif comprises of two and four-bed air conditioned chalets, complete with a full range of kitchen utensils and utilities, cold water showers, and access to the camp's swimming facilities.

Guests can enjoy guided tours (a particular treat during the park's amazing flowering season), walking trails in the park conducted over different time periods, and stunning bird watching excursions. Guests have access to a filling station and small general store, both of which are 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 closest 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 Transfrontier National Park area include caracal, Black-backed jackal, Porcupine, Chacma baboon, Brown hyaena, Duiker, Klipspringer, Steenbok, Leopard, and Dassie, out of many others.

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 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)

We had a good stay in Sendlingsdrift.

Brigitte Klose

Great service from friendly staff. Neat and comfortable houses. Beautiful vast area.

Hester Nel

The accommodation was perfect, the staff very friendly and helpful. The Richtersveld was an experience of a lifetime. I enjoyed it all. Thanks for everything.

Deon van Staden

We had a comfortable stay at Sendelingsdrif, with all the basic essentials necessary in our chalet and a nice hot shower! What did concern us however was a lack of sign in when immediately entering and exiting the Richetersveld. Given its remoteness, we think it would be a simple enough exercise to have a book available for visitors to enter car type and expected exit from park at which entrance and then sign out. Certainly would have given us some peace of mind as solo travellers. Beautiful scenery made for an exciting and amazing experience.

Jane Fenner

Late arrival was arranged. Only one chalet was given while two was booked. The next day refund was promised and initiated

Ben Peyper

The campsite at De Hoop is was very nice. The ablution facilities was clean and in good working order. It makes a big difference to have proper toilets and a shower (even though cold)

Visagie J

We enjoyed the peaceful setting. The chalet was very comfortable with all the mod-cons, and a really nice shower! The staff were very friendly and helpful.

Keith Kovachi

we found the mine noisy but cottages clean and well equipped. The ferry experience was good and well managed

gary vasconcellos

We had a great experience and will go back to Richtersveld. The staff were very helpful and friendly, the chalets and surroundings were comfortable and clean and we were dazzled by the beauty of the place. We did find it a bit hard to read the map in relation to the signs but after some puzzling we figured it out and managed to be on the roads we needed to be on. They signposting could be a little clearer I think! Our only complaint was one lady at the shop who was the rudest and least helpful person I've come across in a long time! She went out of her way, it seemed to us, to be as obnoxious as possible... She clearly had some kind of problem but she needs to grow up and keep it to herself!RegardsKen Hagens

Ken Hagens

Disappointed to say the least. Arrived at pond on Saturday 18 at about 12 noon. Nobody operating the pontoon. I also have not been told that there is only certain operating hours for the pontoon coming in from Rosh Pinah side. Had to find other accomodation and left Namibia the following day via Vioolsdrift.

Piet

Accommodation options

Camp Site (CK6)

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

For 2 people

- 1 bathroom with wc and bath - Access through Sendelingsdrif - No power point - NOTE: Construction in progress at Sendelingsdrif 

Chalet (CH2)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
06 Oct 2019 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 60 - - 2 people
01 Nov 2019 — 31 Jul 2020 $ 64 - - 2 people
01 Aug 2020 — 30 Sep 2020 $ 71 - - 2 people
01 Oct 2020 — 31 Oct 2020 $ 64 - - 2 people
From $ 60

For 2 people

- 2 single beds - Access through Sendelingsdrif - Aircon - Ceiling Fan - Kitchenette - No Smoking - Some units with TV's - Units overlook the Orange River - Wc and shower 

Chalet (CH4)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
06 Oct 2019 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 60 $ 17 $ 8 4 people
01 Nov 2019 — 31 Jul 2020 $ 64 $ 18 $ 9 4 people
01 Aug 2020 — 30 Sep 2020 $ 71 $ 18 $ 9 4 people
01 Oct 2020 — 31 Oct 2020 $ 64 $ 18 $ 9 4 people
From $ 60

For 2 people

- 2 bedrooms, each with 2 single beds - Access through Sendelingsdrif - Aircon - Ceiling Fan - Helskloof closed. Access through Sendelingsdrif. - Kitchenette - No Smoking - Some units with TV's - Units overlook the Orange River - Wc and shower