Please note that heavy dew sometimes occur at night.
The |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld climate is harsh and dry, with extreme temperatures of up to 53 degrees Celsius having been recorded in mid-summer. Activities should be restricted to early mornings and late afternoons. Nights are cool, but may become chilly during winter. Heavy nighttime dew occurs in the park.
Because of the great distance involved in getting to the park, day visitation is not recommended unless some form of accommodation is secured in the area.
Petrol and diesel
Diesel and 97 Octane Petrol is available at Sendelingsdrift. Note that Lead Free Petrol is not available. The nearest supply of Unleaded Petrol is at Alexander Bay - 80 km
A Public Phone (Coin Operated) is available at Sendelingsdrift. Cellular communication is not available in the Park. If you have international roaming you can call from a few spots around Sendelingsdrift on MTN Namibia. (Beware the Bill)
Insect Repellent is strongly recommended
Binoculars and cameras are a must
Cotton sheets will keep insects at bay.
Plastic refuse bags are essential as all rubbish must be removed on departure.
Firewood and kindling may not be collected in the park.
Gas cookers are recommended due to evening winds.
Extra spare wheel, tools, spares, enough food and extra water containers are essential.
Make sure that you always have a good supply of water. Fresh water is available at Sendelingsdrift.
Do not sleep on the bare ground as the park is ideal scorpion habitat.
Driving off indicated routes and outside camping sites is a serious offence. It is harmful to the park and dangerous to the visitor.
Scarves protect against dust and wet towels from extreme heat. Provide clothing for extreme temperatures.
No pets, generators or outboard motors permitted.
Picking of plants, removal of seeds, rocks, crystals or driftwood is an offence. Please help us to preserve the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld's wilderness atmosphere.