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Richtersveld Sept '15

Chris B

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We had a tour to the Richtersveld 8-12Sept'15. It was hosted by Richtersveld Challenge with Rey JvRensburg the tour guide. We were 7 vehicles in the group which include our G300 CDI and a G350 BT.

Day1 we went from Springbok to Goodhouse and camp in the Kamgab river bed. Day2 we went west to the Richtersveld conservation area past Eksteenfontein and camp at Tierhoek. Day3 we enter the park via Sendelingsdrif, Akkedis pass and camp at Richtersberg. Day4 we went for a tour through the eastern part of the park and then exit the park via Helskloof pass and camp at the overhang in the Kook river. Day5 we went west along the Orange river to Alexander Bay, Port Nolloth and back to Springbok.
 

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Hi Chris,

Looks like you had a good trip. Did I your G perform well? I look forward to hearing more about it over a beer this weekend.

Antony
 

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Thanks Antony, Riaan, Pieter and Andrew.

We decided to take the G solo as it was only the 2 of us and not nessesary to prepare foods as 3 meals per day was supplied by Richtersveld Challenge. We had to take own tent, sleeping and shower arangements. With tent, jerry cans and 2nd sparewheel on roofrack, fridge, matresses and 60l water tenk inside vehicle it was pretty full in volume but not really heavy loaded.

The Professional performes well and only problem was dust entering the inside via the airvents. The GUD AG 1261 filter was installed as priority when arrived at home :).

The solar panel works well but on this specific tour was not nessesary as we where driving from 9.00 - 17.00 (with many stops) every day with the PBE split charge system the dual battery was always full. The solar panel will show its benefit when staying over a day or 2 at one place.
 

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Chris,

Did you see those ancient boscia (witgat) trees that you find from place to place in the Richtersveld? And every so often a flash flood washes their roots open and then they just make those roots deeper.

I wrote a story about this once, called "The great god - Bitsy Bob." (Bitsy Bob lives in a hole in the Richters, and is the reason why there are so many cairns of white rocks to be seen there.) Those witgat trees taught me a lesson about living in a tough place. I can learn from them.

Thank you for the pictures.
 

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Thanks Alan and Andrew.

I had to google and seen then its the Shepard's tree that was shown and introduced to us. So much still to see, experience and learn from the Richtersveld......I can go back many, many times.....

Photo from internet
 

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Thanks Alan and Andrew.

I had to google and seen then its the Shepard's tree that was shown and introduced to us. So much still to see, experience and learn from the Richtersveld......I can go back many, many times.....

Photo from internet
That is him.

Did you know that there are arums (varkore) there also?

I did not believe it and so I looked for them. I could not find them so I still do not believe it but I have it on my list for next time.

Got more pictures?
 

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That is him.

Did you know that there are arums (varkore) there also?

I did not believe it and so I looked for them. I could not find them so I still do not believe it but I have it on my list for next time.

Got more pictures?
"Varkore " on my list for next time also :)
 

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Chris
What was the state of the Quiver ( spell ? ) trees? When I was there years ago many were dying. I believe there are proper camp sites there now. BAck then there was nothing .
 

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Chris B

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What was the state of the Quiver ( spell ? ) trees? When I was there years ago many were dying. I believe there are proper camp sites there now. BAck then there was nothing .
Nice photos Peter. The Quiver trees looked good and Rey did not mention anything about them not in good state now. We camped only at Richtersberg camp which is an official SANParks camp. At Richtersberg you camp along the river and only facilities is an ablution block with toilets and cold showers :shock:
 

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