Hiking, Trails and Routes

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Riemvasmaak 4x4 and Hiking Trails, Kakamas, Orange River, Northern Cape.

75000-Ha of mountain desert wilderness between the Orange and the Molopo River.  The result of violent volcanic activity with a beauty that takes on spiritual proportions. Amplified by its friendly people, the Riemvasmaak community.  Enjoy seeing black eagles, owls, rock pigeons and thousands of pale-winged starlings while bathing in a hot spring. Feel dwarfed by an 80-m granite wall and lunar-landscape-like scenery. Indulge yourself in the 4x4 trail of your life.

Two comfortable 8-bed and two 4-bed chalets are perched on the edge of the Riemvasmaak Granite Canyon. Each chalet has a kitchenette, toilet, and cold shower, wash basin and braai area. Several camping bomas are available along the three trails.

The three trails offer a variety of challenges, from the easy going to the extremely difficult.  The trail consists of deep river and Kalahari sand, steep rocky tracks and dongas to cross. Vehicle damage is minimal, making this attractive to novice drivers and owners of luxury 4x4 vehicles.  There are also three scenic trails of moderate difficulty from which to choose. Visitors are encouraged to walk around freely and a guide can be hired to accompany groups on trails.

Strange and unexpected plant species are abundant in the area. Most prominent are the white-stemmed shepherd’s, the majestic camel-thorn, wild fig and many quiver tree species. Beautiful and delicate flowers make an appearance throughout the year. Small animals are prolific, including dassies (hyraxes), klipspringer, chacma baboon, colourful lizards and agamas (aka koggelmanders).  A breeding area for black and fish eagle as well as other raptors. A photographer’s paradise.

Visitors are required to bring:

•    Drinking water. 4 liters per person per day (chalets have water for ablution purposes only),
•    Firewood
•    Kitchen utensils
•    Cutlery and crockery
•    Food, beverages and ice
•    Bathing suits and comfortable cotton clothing
•    Towels
•    Insect repellent
•    Sunblock
•    Medical kit with anti-histamine tablets
•    Fuel
•    Own sleeping bags for hikers.

A hat and sunglasses are essential.

Riemvasmaak is on the Molopo River north of the N14 east of Kakamas, which is on the N14 west of Upington, which is at the intersection of the N14 with the N10. Turn north off the N14 east of Kakamas and cross the bridge over the Orange River. Travel a further 57-km, taking the left fork to Riemvasmaak. AVRiemvasmaak

Contct:            Tourism Information Office Riemvasmaak
Private Bag X10 Kakamas 8870
+27 (54) 431 0945 telephone and fax

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Last update: 2014-02-15 20:15
Author: Alan McIver
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