Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.
Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.
Philip is the author of many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.
Philip is the author of the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.
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|Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld is, in our opinion, a safe place to visit. Crime (violent crime, particularly) doesn’t really occur here. Minor thefts may occur, as can happen anywhere, so it is always a good idea to make sure that your valuables are kept in a safe and secure place.
Although organized tours are available, this is mainly a self-drive destination (the South African side, especially). A self-drive trip to this remote, inaccessible area shouldn't be taken lightly and should only be undertaken by people having some experience in this kind of expedition.
|Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld is usually visited on a tour around South Africa or Namibia. Namibia is a very safe country in general, including its cities. But your access point to South Africa is most likely a city like Johannesburg or Cape Town and care must be taken. The risk of something bad happening is very small, especially if you employ common sense while driving or walking in and around the city. See ‘Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below for more.
Malaria-Free & Vaccinations
There isn’t a need for antimalarial medication if you are visiting |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld. However, if you are traveling to the eastern part of South Africa or the far north of Namibia, you will need to protect yourself against malaria. Your trip to South Africa or Namibia requires you to be vaccinated accordingly (consult your local travel clinic for advice).
Although the park doesn't really have large or dangerous animals, it is always recommended to use common sense when viewing wildlife and listen to the instructions given by your guide.
Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling: