The famous Sendelingsdrift border post and ferry between Namibia and South Africa has finally been reopened.
SANParks says he is delighted that this border post in the Richtersveld was officially reopened last week after it had been closed for three years – following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The Sendelingsdrift border post and ferry located in the |Ai-|Ais or Richtersveld transboundary park will now be open again seven days a week from 08:00 to 16:15,” says Genevieve Maasdorp, regional communications manager of SANParks in the Northern Cape.
Priscilla Magerman, manager of the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld border park, also says they are extremely grateful that the border post and ferry are back in operation.
“This is really great news because it will increase traffic to the park and help make the park more accessible to people.”
Maasdorp says it is extremely important for the park that the border post and bridge are open, because it is one of the easier ways to enter the park.
The Covid-19 pandemic, which led to the temporary closure of the border post and ferry, also had a major impact on the park’s visitor numbers.
“Many tourists use the ferry to reach the park,” says Maasdorp.
“The reopening of the border post and ferry also makes it easier for tourists from Namibia to visit the park. It is so much more accessible to experience the beautiful |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld border park this way.
“Tourists who want to visit Namibia will also be able to reach their destination much more easily through this border post and then by ferry.”