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The Richtersveld  -  Rugged Fold Mountains

The area south of the Orange River on the South African side is called the Richtersveld. Think low rugged mountains, bare rocks, scorpions and diamonds on the coast. The view of these fold mountains from the river is spectacular. The first nights campsite is usually at Hamerkop, take a short hike up a dry river valley, it feels as though you are on the Moon or maybe Mars. Vegetation is sparse and sometimes very strange. Try to get to see a rare Halfmens tree, sort of cactus or euphorbia that takes hundreds of years to grow and always has a tilt to the north at the top tip.

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