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Alexander Bay, Eksteenfontein, Kuboes, Lekkersing, Port Nolloth, Sanddrift, Steinkopf

National Parks:
Richtersveld National Park
Richtersveld World Heritage Site

Other Routes:
Crayfish Route
Diamond Coast Route
Kamieskroon Mountain Route
Hardeveld Route
Nama Route

Tourism Information Centre:
Tel/ fax: 027 851 7108

Contact the TIC above


Eksteenfontein lies in a wide plain stretching to distant mountains and Halfmens trees. Like Kuboes, it belongs to the hot, dry semi-desert region of the Richtersveld, home to endemic succulents and desert wildlife. The Richtersveld National Park as well as the banks of the Orange River are within a two hour drive.

With a few days notice, the women of Eksteenfontein, or !Obes, as it is called in Nama, will bake delicious fresh bread and cook a tasty traditional meal for you. Locally produced riempie chairs which make great souvenirs or gifts, are available for purchase, as well as T-shirts printed with a halfmens, bokkie, or other memorabilia at the textile printing centre.

Eksteenfontein and Rooiberg offer you a true wilderness experience with walks and guided hikes taking you through rugged mountains and past lichen and lizards stretching out in the sun. 4x4 tracks meander across empty plains to the Orange River and mountains of the Richtersveld National Park.


Eksteenfontein is the gateway to the World Heritage Site, a vast wilderness adjoining the Richtersveld National Park. This small town is 50 km from Lekkersing and 80 km from Kuboes, and a 4x4 trail connects Eksteenfontein with Vioolsdrift, where you can cross the border into Namibia. Eksteenfontein can be accessed easily without a 4x4 along tarred and gravel roads from Steinkopf.


Two community-run guesthouses offer you a warm welcome to Eksteenfontein. In the centre of town is 'Kom rus 'n Bietjie' guesthouse, a converted old mining shack which the local women's group renovated to provide comfortable self-catering accommodation. The guesthouse has eight beds, shower/ bath and a fully equipped self-catering kitchen. There is also place for tents and caravans. Just a few kilometres out of town, set against the magnificent back drop of the 'Rooiberg' mountain, is the community's newest eco-tourism accommodation facility. This fully equipped guesthouse accommodates eight people and provides an ideal location for exploring the spectacular surroundings.