DeHoop
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#3 of 6 campsites in Richtersveld Transfrontier National Park
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Roberta W wrote a review Aug 2016
Cape Town Central, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We recently had the privilege of driving to De Hoop Campsite which is situated on the Orange River bank in the Richtersveld. The road via Sendlingsdrif was long and dusty and extremely badly corrugated. At times we wondered whether it was worth the hammering our vehicle was taking. Our rather apprehensive feelings about the Richtersveld were further compounded by the fact that we drove in a serious dust storm. After leaving Sendlingsdrif we moved deeper into the more mountainous regions and the road became narrower and the scenery more interesting, ie. overwhelming in terms of rocks and more rocks, and mountain passes with short twists and turns. After some confusion between Garmin and the map, we entered the De Hoop campsite through a poort between the stony hills and mountains. A pleasant surprise! The campsite was like a sandy beach with the odd thorn tree offering shade. Campsites are not specifically demarcated and we could camp wherever we chose. Our view from our campsite was amazing and the sound of the river rushing over rocks was balm for the soul. We spent three nights there enjoying the peace of being far from the madding crowd. We were reliant on our own water supplies for drinking but the rather primitive ablution block offered cold showers and a flush toilet as well as facilities for washing dishes. Our only criticism is that at no stage in the 4 days that we were there did anyone from San Parks come to clean or service the ablution block. On arrival it looked like it could do with some cleaning and on leaving the condition of the facilities were much the same. We were able to go for a quick 20 minute walk up the koppie above the campsite which offered beautiful views of the surrounding area. We also took a drive along the river to Richter's Camp along a rather sandy route. Folk who are experienced in 4x4 driving should have no problem negotiating this route - particularly through the loose sand. Our men had fun! De Hoop certainly offers a pleasant camping experience and access to other landmarks in the Richtersveld, provided one is prepared to tolerate badly corrugated and dusty roads which take their toll on vehicles. All in all we feel we notched up another worthwhile experience!
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Date of stay: August 2016Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: This is purely a camping experience and requires the availability of a reliable 4x4 vehicle
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LizJou wrote a review Mar 2013
Cape Town, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We camped at De Hoop for one night and it was amazing.

Be careful when entering the camp from the Sendlingsdrift road (Not the road going to Tatasberg) and try to stay on the higher path away from the river. The path closer to the river is very sandy and lets just say not the best in warm whether if you do not want to get stuck in the sand....

The ablution block was very clean and great spots to camp next to the river.

It was an absolute sanctuary of silence and a wonderful way to go back to basics and nature.

Be very careful when swimming as the river looks very calm but its very deceiving! Rather take a cold shower or do not go in to deep!

Sharing the nr 1 spot to stay with Tatasberg!
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Date of stay: November 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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BwanaSpots wrote a review Feb 2013
Crowborough, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fantastic atmospheric campsite - with a surprising number of nice shady sites right by the edge of the river (which, by the way, makes for a wonderful swim to temper the scorching January heat!). New ablution blocks with proper, clean flush toilets, and nice showers. "Cold" water only - not that you'll notice in the summer months...! Good fishing too.
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Date of stay: January 2013
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Williamhh wrote a review Oct 2023
Elgin, South Africa
2.0 of 5 bubbles
First the good. Lovely part of our country. Indeed a restful place. Staff and service excellent. Lovely restaurant for those that need catering. We visited for a one night “recce” camp looking for venue for extended stay for our next camp holiday.

The camp sites are not good at all … several power point placements such that you will have to run cables over access roads … not wise when the roads are flooded ( which some were). No bins provided that we could see. We bailed on the camp and rented a 2 bed “Bungalow” for the night … very neat and clean with all basic amenities. Comfy beds. The Bungalow “ablutions” are however shared … one toilet with an outside shower … no hot water. Both camp site (R495pn) and Bungalow R1700pn) were expensive for what you get … in our opinion. We ticked DeHoop as a once-off experience.
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Date of stay: October 2023
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Best plan well for this one. Prepare for almost 50km of dirt roads … well kept though.
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Charles B wrote a review Oct 2016
Durbanville, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
What a privilege to visit the 'moon like' area of the Richtersveld. After a few hours on a heavy corrugated road, we arrived at an 'oasis', called Sendelingsdrif, the main camp of the Park. The very friendly staff assisted us with the keys to our very neat and tidy chalets. A quick shower did the trick. Later, with a cold beer in hand around the braai-fire, the road and dust was nearly forgotten.
Early the next morning, our four vehicles, two 4x4's and two 2x4's took off over the 'treacherous' and very rocky "Akkedis Pass" [Quite similar to the broken-off tail of a lizard]. The 40 km to our campsite at De Hoop was done in about 3 hours, and was a hectic experience for all the drivers and passengers.
De Hoop campsite was actually a 'beach' next to the mighty Orange River. We pitched our tents, had a swim in the river, walked around on the rocky hills and enjoyed the utmost silence in this wilderness area. Later that evening we were treated with a firefly-show!
We actually planned to 'tour the Park, but with the two 2x4 vehicles in mind, we enjoyed our 4 day stay at De Hoop. The ablutions were primitive but was clean with running water and flush toilet. We had ample bottled water supplies, but rather enjoyed the fresh water from the river.
On our departure, we took the road via Helskloof Pass. This about 60km of rocky ups and downs, also took us about 4 hours to complete. Again the corrugated road was 'tackled' with care, and a few hours later we stopped at the very well-known Vespetti restaurant in Port Nolloth.
Now my bucket list has one item less, but what an experience! It really felt like a visit to the moon !!
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Date of stay: October 2016Trip type: Travelled with friends
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GrantPill wrote a review Nov 2017
Hermanus, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This must be for any 4X4 enthusiast to put on their bucket list. We traveled from Vioolsdrif over the Helskloof Pass to Sendlingsdrif Camp and entrance gate. The pass was awsome with great photo stops. Nearer to Sendlingsdrif the road becomes very corrugated, so make sure that your tyres are deflated. The tracks/road to DeHoop campsite takes a bit of time due to slow driving over the Akadis Pass, but well worth the drive. Stop often for amazing photo shoots.
The approach to the camp site takes you through a small gorge with running water, beautiful. We camped at the start of the camp site under a group of thorn trees that gave us protection from the winds and the sun. Enjoyed sunsets looking over the Orange River and the mountains in Namibia. Ablutions are clean and simple, get used to cold showers or take a solar shower for more luxury. Expect to be visited by the goats and the herder, he will tell you of the stories in the area - leopards and how he manages for 3 months rotation to care for the herd.
Climb the mountain behind the camp for the best views of the river and surrounding area.
We will be back to experience this arid but stunning park. Next time to stay in some of the other campsites. Well done Sanparks for your efforts in keeping this treasure for us to all share.
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Date of stay: October 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Any of the campsites. They are not demarcated, so choose a spot.
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Marius Schoeman wrote a review Sept 2017
Centurion, South Africa
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed 3 nights at De Hoop camp. It was worth it. The starlit nights is amazing. We found a nice campsite just as you enter De Hoop - straight in front of long row showers and toilets with thick bush from north and west side. This meant we were close to rapids - the sound of the rapids at night was something special.

We saw a number of various bird species. Please note the long row with 6 showers and 6 toilets is only used when large groups like the 3 day mountain bike race stay there.

The Akkadis Pass from Potjiespram was not to bad. You need to know tour vehicle, specifically if it is a 4 X 2 (should have diff lock unless you know your vehicle very well). Keep your navigator awake as some unmarked roads may result in you taking wrong turn. De Hoop campsite stretches a long way down the river bank. There is sufficient ablution facilities - cold water. We cycled on the road back from De Hoop inland. Only do this if you are at least two riders and tell people how far you are going out.

Buy enough "Namibia" wood in Springbok - enough for the night around the camp fire.

There a local shepard in area and his herd of goat and sheep with two dogs went through De Hoop along the river twice while we were there.
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Date of stay: August 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Emerson3091 wrote a review Dec 2016
Broomfield, Colorado
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
The drive on the long dirt road to get to DeHoop was so worth the time and energy. We saw Blue Cranes along the way. We were greeted with flamingos. We enjoyed the ostriches with babies, bonteboks, elands and zebras. The wild flowers did not disappoint. We hiked along the coast (Koppie Allen Trailhead) and sat on the dunes and actually saw whales. We spent they day there but I wish we had made accommodation reservations and not have prior commitments. There is a nice restaurant and store at the reservation center.
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Date of stay: September 2016
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: The accommodations looked nice from the outside. We went to explore the reserve itself
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a-fair-deal wrote a review Feb 2016
Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Atmospheric 'wilderness' camping on the banks of the Orange River.

Stayed for 2 nights during a very hot February, the bonus being that we had the place to ourselves.Although the days were hot there was good shade and the nights were very pleasant for sleeping.

Good basic ablution blocks. Bring own food, fuel, water, equipment.

Apart from scenic arid beauty, the beauty of the Richtersveld is that it is in a far-flung corner of South Africa and only accessible via 4WD vehicle. This pretty much guarantees few visitors for most of the year and hence peace and quiet.

If only going to De Hoop, you must check in at Sendelingsdrif. From there take the Akkedis Pass route to the campsite (allow 2-3 hours). If you have time, exit instead via Tatasberg and the Helskloof Pass (4-5 hours). Together this will give you a good first impression of what the park has to offer. One further positive of De Hoop is that the baboons seem to be confined to the Namibian side across the Orange river and so offer no problems. However there are still vervet monkeys on occasion. The night time skies were filled with stars and fireflies when we visited. Nature at its unspoilt best.
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Date of stay: February 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Leonpotgieter wrote a review Dec 2015
Pretoria, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Really beautiful area. There is no designated campsites you just find a nice spot and unpack. There is water but no drinking water ,no fire wood and no shop. You must go in a 4x4 as the the roads only made for them. Will go back again...when it's cooler.
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Date of stay: December 2015Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Marius L asked a question Sept 2017
Vanderbijlpark, South Africa36 contributions5 helpful votes
What would be the easiest way to get to the De Hoop Camp? (4x2 Bakkie)
Answer from Marius Schoeman
Centurion, South Africa154 contributions69 helpful votes
Apology for late supply. Most definitely a 4x4. The challenge is the pass you have to navigate. There is small patches of soft sand. Don’t drive past second ablution block at De Hoop if you don’t have diff lock as the sand is very If you have a 4X2 with a diff lock and know your vehicle then you will be fine. Just take it easy. Even without diff-lock you will be able to do it if you know your vehicle. Safe travel
Williamhh wrote a tip Oct 2023
Elgin, South Africa43 contributions8 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Best plan well for this one. Prepare for almost 50km of dirt roads … well kept though. "
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GrantPill wrote a tip Nov 2017
Hermanus, South Africa17 contributions16 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Any of the campsites. They are not demarcated, so choose a spot."
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Emerson3091 wrote a tip Dec 2016
Broomfield, Colorado532 contributions36 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The accommodations looked nice from the outside. We went to explore the reserve itself"
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Roberta W wrote a tip Aug 2016
Cape Town Central, South Africa64 contributions41 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"This is purely a camping experience and requires the availability of a reliable 4x4 vehicle"
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Beth R wrote a tip Jan 2014
Penryn, United Kingdom11 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Camping near to the shower blocks is good to avoid scary night time trips in the dark! Also the houses they have are amazing, very spacious and all of them well equipped and comfortable."
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