South Africa :: Northern Cape (Richtersveld)
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SENDELINGSDRIF IS A BORDER CROSSING on the Orange River between Namibia and South Africa. The Namibian side has no facilities other than a small border post building but on the South African side of the river you’ll fi nd accommodation, fuel and a small shop.
|Address :||Richtersveld, South Africa|
|Host Website :||Click Here|
|Cellphone Reception :||Intermittent||Main Cellular Network :||MTN. Vodacom and MTC(Namibia)|
|Tourist Information :||Yes|
|Petrol :||Yes||Petrol Type :||Hi Octane, Low octane|
|Diesel :||Yes||Diesel Type :||50ppm|
|Facilities :||Shops, General Dealer, Tour Services, Lodging, Camping, Restaurant, Airstrip|
|Game Viewing, Game Drives, 4WD Trails, Tours and Excursions, Hiking Trails, Guided Walks, Mountain Biking, Horse Trails, Fishing, Swimming, Canoeing, Boat Trips, White Water Rafting, Bird Watching, Stargazing|
No cell phone reception inside the park.
There is not a police station here, but customs police. (+27(0)76 892 2387). No doctor or hospital, but a mine ambulance is available, the sister on duty can be reached at +27(0)82 8977 5474.
You have to use a pont to cross the river at this border crossing, it’s a memorable way to leave or enter Namibia! The pont operates the same hours as the border post, 08:00-16:15, and costs R160 per vehicle and R60 for a trailer (2019 pricing).
Take note: Garage or Petrol cards will no longer be accepted as a legal tender for purchase of fuel, spares or repairs in Namibia.
Cash, Debit and Credit cards are legal payment instruments, but many fuel stations choose NOT to accept Debit and/or Credit cards. But generally credit cards are accepted at garages in bigger and touristy towns. Take extra cash with still in case!
Roads are badly corrugated, deflate tyres to around 1.6bar. Lots of rocky intersections in the park, be careful not to cut deflated tyres on rocks. Second spare wheel may be prudent.
Travel with satellite phone if outside contact is required.
There is no internet café, and tour services which are available must be booked in advance. No banks or ATMs. No tyre or mechanical repair.
Nearby Border Control point.
The shops sell only necessities, like bread, homemade biscuits and rusks, basic vegetables and fruit, tinned food, cooldrink, wine, beer, spirits, curios, limited meat, flour, sweets (chappies and lunch bars) and no gas.
Bundles of wood with blitz and matches can also be bought.
Most people do their shopping at Rosh Pinah, 25km away.
Tourist info is available at Sanparks reception (+27(0)27 831 1506).
Border post: +264(0)63 274 926.
Occasionally, the pont is out of action so call ahead if your travel plans rely on this border post being functional. Particularly during December to April, when the river is prone to flooding.
“- 2 single beds - Aircon - Ceiling Fan - Helskloof closed. Access through Sendelingsdrif. - Kitchenette - NOTE: Construction in progress at Sendelingsdrif - Units overlook the Orange River - Wc and shower Base rate: R535.00, Adult share rate: R144.00, Child share rate: R72.00 Base rate number of people: 2, Max number of beds/people: 2” - Brian Lipschitz, 2009/10/23
“|Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier National Park Vital Information Climate Please note that heavy dew sometimes occur at night. The |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld climate is harsh and dry, with extreme temperatures of up to 53 degrees Celsius having been recorded in mid-summer. Activities should be restricted to early mornings and late afternoons. Nights are cool, but may become chilly during winter. Heavy night-time dew occurs in the park. Day Visitors Because of the great distance involved in getting to the park, day visitation is not recommended unless some form of accommodation is secured in the area. Petrol and diesel Diesel and 97 and Lead Replacement petrol are available at Sendelingsdrif. Note that Lead Free Petrol is not available. The nearest supply of Unleaded Petrol is at Alexander Bay - 80km. â¢Fuel Station hours: Everyday from 08:00 to 16:00 â¢Vehicle fuel is available in all parks (or is available on the park periphery. â¢South African legislation stipulates that fuel stations will accept legitimate petrol/fuel/garage/credit/debit cards or cash as a form of payment for any fuel purchase. Telephones A Public Phone (Coin Operated) is available at Sendelingsdrif. Cellular communication is not available in the Park. If you have international roaming you can call from a few spots around Sendelingsdrif on MTN Namibia (beware the bill). Office Hours 08:00 â 16:00 at Sendelingsdrif Hints & Tips â¢Insect Repellent is strongly recommended â¢Binoculars and cameras are a must â¢Cotton sheets will keep insects at bay. â¢Plastic refuse bags are essential as all rubbish must be removed on departure. â¢Firewood and kindling may not be collected in the park. â¢Gas cookers are recommended due to evening winds. â¢Extra spare wheel, tools, spares, enough food and extra water containers are essential. â¢Make sure that you always have a good supply of water. Fresh water is available at Sendelingsdrift. â¢Do not sleep on the bare ground as the park is ideal scorpion habitat. â¢Driving off indicated routes and outside camping sites is a serious offence. It is harmful to the park and dangerous to the visitor. â¢Scarves protect against dust and wet towels from extreme heat. Provide clothing for extreme temperatures. â¢No pets, generators or outboard motors permitted. â¢Picking of plants, removal of seeds, rocks, crystals or driftwood is an offence. Please help us to preserve the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveldâs wilderness atmosphere. Contact InformationFor enquiries e-mail |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park or phone us on the following numbers: Park Tel: +27 (0)27 831 1506 (Park Manager and Reception) Fax: +27 (0)27 831 1175” - Brian Lipschitz, 2009/10/23
“|Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier National Park Natural and Cultural History An international treaty, signed on 1 August 2003, incorporated the AiâAis Hot Springs Game Park in Namibia and|Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld National Park in South Africa, resulting in the establishment of the Ai-Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier National Park. One of the main features of the combined park is the worldâs second largest canyon â the Fish River Canyon. At Sendelingsdrift, on the South African side, a pontoon has been established to ferry people and vehicles across the Orange River. The pontoon has a carrying capacity of a 32-seater bus or two fully loaded double cab 4x4 vehicles.” - Brian Lipschitz, 2009/10/23