Richtersveld National Park, UNESCO, South Africa 

The Richtersveld is a unique mountain desert wilderness of great beauty, tucked in the far north-western corner of the Northern Cape in South Africa. Within this wilderness lies the incredible Richtersveld National Park.

Proclaimed in 1991 after 18 years of negotiation between the National Park Board and the local Nama people, Richtersveld National Park is now managed jointly by the local Nama people and the South African Parks. The Nama people, who lease the land to the board, continue to live and graze their livestock in the area.

This is a harsh and unpredictable land where water is scarce and life-sustaining moisture appears in the form of an early-morning fog. It rolls in from the Atlantic, sustaining a remarkable range of small reptiles, birdlife and South African wildlife.

The Richtersveld National Park is home to grey rhebok, Duiker, steenbok, klipspringer, kudu, Hartman’s mountain zebra, baboon, vervet monkey, caracal and leopard.

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