The Namaqua rain frog was first spotted near Port Nolloth in 1926, just after the first diamond had been found there. This frog prefers to hide from snakes under the sand and needs no water during the tadpole stage.
Like plants have adapted to the harsh climate, so have reptiles, amphibians, insects and spiders adapted to living in the Richtersveld desert. Tortoise beetles, for example, use a waxy covering to control water retention and temperature, while other insects are able to manufacture their own water. At first sight the desert may look dead, but at a closer look one will spot life camouflaged everywhere’stone grasshoppers on the rocks, praying mantids in quartzite outcrops, and the world’s smallest tortoise, the (Namaqua) speckled padloper, sheltered in cracks in rocks.
While elephants, lions, and rhinos have long abandoned this area, other large mammals inhabit the Richtersveld, though they are more rarely seen. In fact, for an arid region, the Richtersveld is extremely rich in fauna. The Hartmann’s mountain zebra occurs in the mountains of the Richtersveld National Park and sometimes strays into the World Heritage Site. Antelopes in the area include the gemsbok, klipspringer, duiker, vaalribbok, and steenbok, while the black backed jackal and the Cape and bat-eared foxes are also present. On the coast, brown hyaenas can be spotted at night feeding on dead seals, seal pups and sea birds.
- Richtersveld National Park - Information Office
Contact this office to arrange activities in the National Park, including hiking, 4x4 and water sports.
- World Heritage Site administrative office
The administrative office for the Richtersveld World Heritage Site no longer directly arrange hiking, 4x4 driving, cycling and accommodation. Contact the Eksteenfontein tourism information centre - they can aso advise on the best route to take depending on your specific interests.
- Eksteenfontein Information Centre
The information centre takes bookings for Rooiberg, Kom Rus 'n Bietjie and the World Heritage Site. Can arrange a range of activities from hiking to cultural tours.
- Alexander Bay Museum and Tourist Information
Museum focusing on the diamond mining history of the area. Half day tour of restricted mining area on request.
- Conrad Mouton Tour Guide
based in Port Nolloth, Conrad Mouton is a registered tourist guide and Winner of the Welcome Awards for Best tourist guide 2008.
- Port Nolloth Museum and Tourist Information
A wonderfully eclectic collection of natural and human history. Live terrariums.
- Richtersveld National Park Accommodation
5 campsites, as well as several camps offering self catering units. Hiking trail.
- Rooiberg Guesthouse
Once a remote research station, Rooiberg offers self-catering accommodation 15km from Eksteenfontein at the foot of Rooiberg mountain. Meals on request
- World Heritage Site - Camping
A number of remote campsites - in Kannikaip, Sun Valley, Tierhoek. Accessible by 4x4 only.