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|Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park spans two countries: South Africa and Namibia. The Sendelingsdrift pontoon takes cars across the border, crossing the Gariep (Orange) River from the Richtersveld in South Africa to the Fish River Canyon and Ai-Ais Hot Springs on the Namibia side. It acts as a proper border crossing, so you'll get your passport stamped.
|Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld is primarily a self-drive destination (especially on the South African side) although organized tours are available. The park is not accessible with an ordinary 2WD car. A 4WD vehicle is preferred, but high-clearance pickups or 2WD SUVs can also enter the park. Driving in convoy is recommended. On the Namibia side, fly-around tours with chartered planes are common, and the Fish River Canyon can be part of the itinerary.
South Africa Side
There are two options available to those visiting |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld on the South Africa side. Upon flying into Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), you can hire a car and drive to the park. You can also take a connecting flight from Johannesburg to Upington Airport (UTN) or Cape Town International Airport (CPT) and rent a car there. The park is 1,600km/994mi from Johannesburg, 885km/549mi from Cape Town and 720km/447mi from Upington.
Generally, visitors to |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld in Namibia fly into Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH), located 40km/25mi east of Windhoek, where you can rent a car. The park is located approximately 650km/403mi away. You can visit the canyon as a day trip, or you can go deeper into the park to Ai-Ais Hot Springs. A 4WD vehicle is only necessary when venturing deeper into the park (including the hot springs).
Your tour operator can organize a charter flight to the Fish River Canyon. The flight time is about 1½ hours from Windhoek.
Airlines & Ticket Prices
Please check Skyscanner to see which airlines can take you to Namibia or South Africa, and what tickets would cost.