Namaqualand trip notes

Route Schedule
Contains approximate distances and estimated driving speeds for each section. Note however that you must add time for stops for viewing, taking photographs, lunch, tea etc.  Allow generous amounts of time on the more interesting routes!

Date Day From To Section Kms Average Speed Driving Time Fuel litres Notes
1-Sep-01 Sat Randburg Muldersdrift 19 60 0.32 2.66
Tarlton 26 80 0.33 3.12
R500 25 80 0.31 3.00
Ventersdorp 69 100 0.69 9.66
Coligny 53 100 0.53 7.42
Sannieshof 61 100 0.61 8.54
Delareyville 41 100 0.41 5.74
Vryburg 82 100 0.82 11.48
Kuruman 132 100 1.32 18.48
Totals for day: 508 5.33 70.10
2-Sep-01 Sun Kuruman Hotazel 61 100 0.61 8.54
Sishen 80 60 1.33 11.20
Upington 208 100 2.08 29.12
Kakamas 88 100 0.88 12.32
Augrabies 36 100 0.36 5.04
Totals for day: 473 5.26 66.22
3-Sep-01 Mon Augrabies N14 29 100 0.29 4.06
Pofadder 134 100 1.34 18.76
Springbok 165 100 1.65 23.10
Steinkopf 48 100 0.48 6.72
Port Nolloth 94 100 0.94 13.16
Totals for day: 470 4.70 65.80
4-Sep-01 Tue Port Nolloth Alexander Bay 85 100 0.85 11.90 West-most point of South Africa
Beauvallon 18 80 0.23 2.16
Brandkaros 9 80 0.11 1.08
Brandkaros 3 22.1 60 0.37 3.09
2 6.3 60 0.11 0.88
1 19.2 60 0.32 2.69
Sendelingsdrif 18.5 60 0.31 2.59 Gate; NBB Use toilets here!
Sendelingsdrif R1 4.4 20 0.22 0.79
R2 10.1 20 0.51 1.82
R3 11.3 20 0.57 2.03
R4 5.1 20 0.26 0.92
R5 4.7 20 0.24 0.85
De Hoop 7.3 20 0.37 1.31 De Hoop camp, Orange river
Totals for day: 221 4.43 32.12
5-Sep-01 Wed De Hoop R5 7.3 20 0.37 1.31
R4 5.1 20 0.26 0.92
R13 4.1 20 0.21 0.74
R14 8.8 20 0.44 1.58
De Koei 4.3 20 0.22 0.77 De Koei camp
R15 0.7 20 0.04 0.13
Helskloof gate 12.8 20 0.64 2.30 Note: Helskloof gate has been moved and is now less than 2 km from point 1.
1 2 70 0.03 0.24
1 2 21.2 50 0.42 3.18
4 4.5 50 0.09 0.68
6 7.8 50 0.16 1.17
7 19.4 50 0.39 2.91
8 16.1 50 0.32 2.42
9 20.9 50 0.42 3.14
10 2 50 0.04 0.30
Eksteenfontein 50 0.00 0.00
Totals for day: 137 4.02 21.78
6-Sep-01 Thu Eksteenfontein 11 7.8 60 0.13 1.09
13 5 40 0.13 0.80
Nababeep nature reserve 11 40 0.28 1.76
Peace of Paradise 15.5 40 0.39 2.48
Spes Bona 11.8 60 0.20 1.65
Vioolsdrif 11.1 60 0.19 1.55
Steinkopf 67 100 0.67 9.38 N7
Springbok 48 100 0.48 6.72 Wedding Anniversary
Totals for day: 177.2 2.45 25.44
7-Sep-01 Fri Springbok Goegab nature reserve 10
Kamieskroon via back roads 100
Springbok 67
Totals for day: 177 60 2.95 24.78
8-Sep-01 Sat Springbok Pofadder 165 100 1.65 23.10
Kakamas 142 100 1.42 19.88
Upington 80 100 0.80 11.20
Olifantshoek 165 100 1.65 23.10
Kathu 36 100 0.36 5.04
Kuruman 50 100 0.50 7.00
Totals for day: 638 6.38 89.32
9-Sep-01 Sun Kuruman Vryburg 140 100 1.40 19.60
Delareyville 82 100 0.82 11.48
Sannieshof 41 100 0.41 5.74
Coligny 61 100 0.61 8.54
Ventersdorp 53 100 0.53 7.42
R500 69 100 0.69 9.66
Tarlton 25 100 0.25 3.50
Muldersdrift 26 100 0.26 3.64
Randburg 19 100 0.19 2.66
Totals for day: 516 5.16 72.24
Kms Litres Litre / 100 km
Totals Estimated 3317.2 467.80 14.10
Actual 3660 572.00 15.63

Some Notes

Weather This trip took place over 1-9 September. The weather can be variable at this time of year.  Namaqualand and the Richtersveld is essentially under the influence of the winter rainfall pattern, even though it is so far noth, so watch the weather patterns coming in from the Atlantic ocean for closer predictions. The SA Weather bureau has excellent medium-term weather forecasts on the web at www.weathersa.co.za 
We had some excellent sunny days, but also rainfall in Port Nolloth and later at Eksteenfontein. 
It can be quite cold.  Temperatures varied from 8
C to 24 C in the daytime.
Prospect for flowers Some years are better than others, aa the flowers depend on the rainfall which has occurred during the winter. Generally, more rain will mean better flowers.
Actual showing of flowers will depend on the temperature each day.  On cooler or dull days some flowers may not open properly; warm sunny days can be outstanding.
Driving conditions Within the Richtersveld National Park:
Definitely only for vehicles with a good ground clearance.  Four wheel drive and low range gears will make it much easier, although not essential.
Good advice is to carry an extra spare wheel - There are many sharp rocks on the mountain sections which could damage tyres.  However, we had no difficulty.  Careful driving can avoid a lot of potential problems!
Some sections could be very difficult if heavy rain falls.
We did not attempt the river route from De Hoop to Richtersberg - Recommended only if travelling in convoy.

Outside the park:
The secondary roads down to Eksteenfontein and across to Peace of Paradise are not good, and in places were heavily corrugated.
Some sections could be difficult if heavy rain falls.

Travelling alone It is always recommended to travel in convoys in case of accidents or getting stuck. We travelled alone, and did not feel uncomfortable.  However, this leads one to be careful, and to not take chances... Always good advice! We passed very few other vehicles, especially within the Park.
As insurance we did have short wave radio communications in the car, and could have made contact with civilisation at any time if required.

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