Tags » Richtersveld

Cephalophyllum tetrastichum

Described in 1989, this is still a species that is little known about.
It is only found in sand between rocks in the salt spray zone  of South Africa’s northwest coast (near Port Nolloth). 53 more words


Pelargonium echinatum (part 1 of 2)

The specific name echinatus means prickly or armed with spines or prickles and is derived from the word echinus (hedgehog).
When you look at the recurved thorny stipules on the stems, it is easy to see where the name comes from. 88 more words


Dreaming of Africa

I am an African, one of those who travelled to Europe for a short stay and then, somehow, did not return. In my case the lack of employment opportunities and relationships intervened. 681 more words


Richtersveld Transfrontier Wildrun 2016 on RUNULTRA

“South African trail running pioneer Linda Doke and 2015 Marathon des Sables female champion, Elisabet Barnes placed 2nd and 3rd respectively in the ladies’ race. Both ladies summing up their experiences with a similar thought process, “What an incredible privilege it was to spend 5 days running through this magnificent part of the world on the Richtersveld Transfrontier Wildrun®. 39 more words

RTW Day 1: A battle on Mars

Richtersveld Transfrontier Wildrun overview available here.

We started Day 1 from Sendelingsdrif. Running out of from the campsite it only took a few hundred metres for us to split into several groups: one group made an immediate navigational error taking a right turn too early, a group of fast “locals” set off in their own direction, and the rest of us followed the GPS track. 727 more words

Ultra Running

RTW Day 3: Run like the wind

Richtersveld Transfrontier Wildrun overview available here.

On Day 3 we started out with a few technical trails following a short road section, and eventually reached the ‘Springbook flats’. 716 more words

Ultra Running

RTW Day 4: Know your strengths

Richtersveld Transfrontier Wildrun overview available here.

On Day 4 we faced the longest stage with 49km. However, it was made immediately shorter as we first walked a few hundred metres to the place where we would cross the Orange River by boat to Namibia. 977 more words

Ultra Running