Highlights of South Africa

Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park

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The only true desert in South Africa, receiving less than 50mm annual rainfall, this transfrontier park spans part of the border of north-west South Africa and southern Namibia. The Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park is formed by the merging of South Africa’s Richtersveld National Park and Namibia’s Ai-Ais Hot Springs Game Park. The temperatures are extreme (over 50 degrees C in summer), the landscape dramatic and inhospitable and the sandy roads and tough mountain passes are only to be attempted by experienced drivers in suitable vehicles. Wildlife is scarce, though leopards are present and lizards and klipspringers may be seen. The best time of year to visit is August/September when the succulents are in bloom. Activities include gentle canoeing along the wide Orange River (best for birding) and simply exploring this ruggedly beautiful landscape by 4×4 vehicle.

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