April 19, 2019 – May 1, 2019
Richtersveld Conservancy Easter Outing – Ice Cream Valley & Pinnacle Point
We are planning a Richtersveld trip from the Easter Weekend till the end of the month or the 1st of May. (Haven’t yet decided if the trip will end on Sunday the 28th or will end on the 1st of May which is a public holiday.) As many of you plan your Easter trips in advance, you may be glad to find out about this trip now.
The plan is to traverse the wildest part of the conservancy visiting an old mine or two and hopefully find Ice Cream Valley. (If we get there, you’ll know why they call it that!) After exiting at Helskloof, we will pass through Eksteensfontein and up to the top end of the conservancy and work our way down a riverbed that can only be described as breathtakingly scenic with mountains towering up to 1000m above us before reaching Pinnacle Point where we will camp on the Orange River for a few days.
Pinnacle Point is on a long stretch of deep water that is ideal for fishing and swimming.
This trip will be covering two of what we consider the most scenic parts of the greater Richtersveld area. The driving is mostly non-technical but on rough tracks though there are areas where reasonable ground clearance will be an advantage (If you have aluminium sidesteps, it would be best to remove them beforehand). This is a bush camping trip and we will need to be fully self-sufficient. However, we will be able to top up with water in Eksteensfontein and use river water for washing up when at Pinnacle Point.
What to take
All food and water
All camping gear for bush camping
Plenty of wood and then some more!
Walking gear to explore
Fuel for at least 1000 Km of dirt / track driving (no fuel in Eksteensfontein)
Usual sense of humour!
We will be traversing some wild country and far from civilisation so it is important to ensure your vehicle is in sound condition before the trip.
Meeting place & time
This will be communicated with those going.
As we will be entering the Richtersveld Community Conservancy, we will obtain permits in Eksteensfontein. (Not expensive – last time we were there I think it was R75 entrance fee and R50 per vehicle per night.)
Want to book your spot or have any questions?