PICS: Richtersveld wilderness camp closed indefinitely following fire, guests relocated

2017-04-11 16:25 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town - Tatasberg, one of just two wilderness camps in the Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park straddling South Africa and Namibia, has been closed indefinitely after a fire that broke out a few meters from the chalets.

Perched on the banks of the Orange River, the four beautifully constructed chalets remain unharmed, but the water supply and solar power system have been largely affected by the fire, hence the subsequent closure of the wilderness camp. 

According to SANParks, the blaze broke out at the field guide’s living quarters on Saturday morning, 8 April, just after the last guests left the vicinity. "Fortunately the rest of the camp's facilities had not been affected by the fire because the staff member on duty acted swiftly and efficiently to bring the fire under control," SANParks says. 

Hospitality Manager, Hendrik Prins, said it is a very unfortunate incident, but he’s glad that the guests and staff member were unharmed.

An investigation will be conducted to establish the exact cause of the fire.

Guests who already booked to stay at the camp in the near future were informed about the incident. Contingency plans are in place to accommodate them elsewhere in the park should they be willing to be transferred.

This is what the camp looks like following the fire - 

Photo: Nadia Lemmetuis, SANParks Arid Regions

The chalets remain unscathed, but will not be available to book due to the damage to the water and solar facilities -

Photo: Nadia Lemmetuis, SANParks Arid Regions

Photo: Nadia Lemmetuis, SANParks Arid Regions

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