The park is a combination of bizarre rock formations, heat and the odd tree dotted on the vast landscape. It borders the Orange River, which separates South Africa’s dry northeastern plains from those in neighbouring Namibia. Be sure to catch sunset or sunrise from the top of a koppie (rocky outcrop) – enjoy a few moments of absolute quiet surrounded by the pastel-coloured moonscape.

Main attractions

  • 4×4 trails
  • Camping along the Orange River
  • Quiver trees

Most visitors are content to simply lap up the atmosphere at De Hoop, watching the river flow past, admiring the mountains and enjoying the complete sense of utter relaxation.

– Scott Ramsay, Wild 30

Activities: Hiking, offroading, paddling, stargazing, birding, flower season

Top sightings: Hartmann’s mountain zebra, caracal, dassie, quiver tree, Cape hare

Accommodation: Chalets, reed cabins, camping

Nearest centre: Springbok is 315km away (about 3 hours, partly on dirt roads).

Gate times: October – April 07:00 – 19:00, May – September 07:00 – 18:00

Know before you go

  • Use of the Wild Card is limited to the South African side of the park. It is not accepted for entry into |Ai-|Ais or Hobas.
  • Diesel and unleaded petrol are available in the park. Please note there is no ATM.
  • Cellphone reception is limited to Sendelingsdrift.

Contact park: +27 (0)27 831 1506, [email protected]

SANParks Central Reservations: +27 (0)12 428 9111

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