With views of the Richtersveld's natural
beauty and its close proximity to the mighty Orange River,
Sanddrift abounds with biological and geological uniqueness.
The village is on the node between two pieces of paradise,
the dry semi-desert mountain area characteristic of the Richtersveld,
and the green oasis along the River which is home to many
birds such as the kingfisher, weaver or heron.
Sanddrift is a fascinating, culturally diverse
village where myths and legends surrounding the Groot Slang
(big snake), a cave filled with weathered bones and the wondergat
sinkhole, are told around a crackling fire in Afrikaans, English,
Xhosa and Nama. Taste the delicious ash-bread and mutton 'potjie'
made on the fire and watch dancers in traditional Nama costumes
move to Namastap music plucked on guitars.
The Sanddrift area offers a diamond for
everyone - challenging hilly walks in the sun-dried semi-desert
for passionate hikers, unique succulent plants, lichens and
diverse bird-life for nature-lovers, relaxing walks along
the Orange River for philosophers, and unforgettable sets
for photographers. Bring your own canoe or kayak to cruise
the River which arises 2500 km further East in Lesotho and
opens into the cold Atlantic to the West, or ask the local
guides to arrange a river cruise for you.
lies right on the banks of the Orange River. Known locally
as the Gariep, this river forms the natural border between
South Africa and Namibia. Tucked away in the Trans Hex mining
area, Sanddrift is accessible from Alexander Bay, Eksteenfontein
and Kuboes, partially on tar and partially on dirt roads.
One of the last small towns before the Richtersveld National
Park, Sanddrift is the ideal place to stopover. You can purchase
the last of your provisions, enjoy various cultural experiences
and relax on the banks of the peaceful Orange River, before
heading into the Park.