Moving home, stock and family in search of better grazing, the Namas were traditionally a nomadic people. In tune with the harsh environment, the Richtersvelders today are transhumant pastoralists, moving their livestock between stock posts with the changing of seasons. The rotation of pastures has helped to preserve the land from overuse. This is the last place in the South Africa where pastoral people live on communal lands and one of the last remaining examples of the transhumant Nama way of living.
With them the Nama people also carry their cultural beliefs, and so have helped through the years to preserve their culture, language and customs. While Afrikaans is today the preferred written language, one can still hear the ancient ‘click-sounding’ Nama language across the Richtersveld. Traditional music can also still be heard in this area, and will make Nama men and women proudly show their stapdans. Textile painting using motifs taken from rock art and the environment, leather clothing, and the lappiesrok, a dress made of patches of cloth off-cuts, all bear testimony to the strong crafts tradition among the Nama people.
- 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.
- Kuboes Cultural Groups
Johanna can arrange a variety of cultural events in the heartland of Nama culture
- See the Nama Stap
Lena can arrange for visitors to see and parttake in a traditional Nama stap dance
- Lekkersing Municipal Office
A good first contact for the Lekkersing area, incl stone mine, the Nama stap, horse riding and camping.
- Sanddrift Information
Story telling, see the Nama stap or listen to the Basotho Stars sing. Guides to see the Petroglyphs.
- 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.
- Port Nolloth Museum and Tourist Information
A wonderfully eclectic collection of natural and human history. Live terrariums.
- 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.