The Richtersveld is a desert landscape characterised by high mountains and rugged gorges, situated in the north-western corner of South Africa.
It is full of changing scenery from flat, sandy, coastal plains, to craggy sharp mountains of volcanic rock and the lushness of the Orange River, which forms the border with neighbouring Namibia.
The Richtersveld offers habitats to a diverse range of mammal, reptile, and bird species. Approximately 4 849 plant species, 40 percent of which are endemic, have been documented in the Richtersveld which mainly comprise succulent and aloe species.
The climate is characterised by harsh summer temperatures which have been recorded to reach approximately 53 °C in mid-summer. Nights are cool and bring with them heavy dew.
NOTE: A 4x4 vehicle with high ground clearance is compulsory to traverse the Park. 2x4 Vehicles are permitted to cross the Sendelingsdrif border only.