Richtersveld – not just rocks and empty plains
The Richtersveld is classed as a desert but make no mistake, that doesn’t mean vast plains of nothingness. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Home to some 650 plant species and boasting the world’s largest diversity of succulents, the Richtersveld has many hidden gems that reveal themselves upon closer inspection. From the colourful Malachite Kingfisher to the well camouflaged Spotted Eagle Owl this seemingly desolate landscape never ceases to amaze.
Having the privilege of running river trips on the Richtersveld section of the Orange River, I often have the opportunity to seek out and appreciate these hidden gems of the desert and occasionally snap a few photo’s of them. Among these photos of beautiful birds and cute-looking geckos are some lesser-known and lesser-liked creatures such as snakes, scorpions and red romans (haarskeerder) – none of which are as nasty as you have been led to believe, by the way. From banded geckos to sharptooth catfish and the majestic fish eagle, the Richterveld has it all to offer.