South Africa Table Mountain

Namaqualand National Park, home to one of the
most incredible wild-flower spectacles in the world

Namaqua National Park is situated in the Namaqualand region of the Northern Cape province of South Africa. It stretches all the way along the western Atlantic Ocean coast, which forms the province’s western border line.


On the eastern side it extends all the way from the town of Garies in the South right up to the border with Namibia in the North which is formed by the Orange river and east to the small town of Pofadder.

You will know, when you end up in the Namaqualand National Park.

Fields upon fields of beautiful flowers in every colour you can possibly imagine unfold invitingly along its curving roads.

The Park is home to an amazing phenomenon of wild flower appearance which could be described as one of the most incredible spectacles in the world.

Just about every turn in the road paints an unforgettable picture. A unique South African experience and a sight that visitors never will forget.

Find out more about about this extraordinary National Park and its stunning fields upon fields of wild flowers:




The world renown Namaqua daisies - Namaqualand National Park and the Namaqua flowers spectacle
The world renown Namaqua daisies
Namaqualand National Park and the Namaqua flowers spectacle
copyright © South African tourism

The Park,...

This once-a-year floral showcase is a result of dormant seeds germinating in mass all through autumn, followed by heavy winter rains. Usually the flora goes away during the arid summer season months, but survives in seed form, awaiting another rainy winter.

Namaqua landscape carpeted with flowers - Namaqualand National Park and the Namaqua flowers spectacle
Namaqua landscape carpeted with flowers
Namaqualand National Park and the Namaqua flowers spectacle
Photograph by Martin Heigan

As a result every single time as soon as the wet season arrives during early August and September, almost instantaneously the thirsty valleys of Namaqualand turn into a wonderland, carpeted with wildflowers.

Namaqua women - Namaqualand National Park and the Namaqua flowers spectacle
Namaqua women
Namaqualand National Park and the Namaqua flowers spectacle
copyright © South African tourism

Originally there was the Skilpad Nature Reserve which was established in 1993 to preserve Namaqualand’s plant life. It formed the nucleus of the new Namaqualand National Park which was officially proclaimed in August 1999 with the addition of 500 sq. km of land. The Park now covers an area in excess of 700 km².

The Namaqua region isn't just about flowers. Small old-timer towns, which include exotic names such as Kamieskroon, Aggeneys, Garies and Nieuwoudtville, are as much a part of the scenery as the spectacular flora.

Fields upon fields of flowers - Namaqualand National Park and the Namaqua flowers spectacle
Fields upon fields of flowers
Namaqualand National Park and the Namaqua flowers spectacle
Photograph by Martin Heigan

The park is an important part of the semi-desert Succulent Karoo biome, known as one of the most unique biomes across the world. Having a winter rainfall period, it is actually the world's only arid biodiversity hotspot, housing the richest bulb flora as well as the largest concentration of succulent plants of any arid region in the world. Of the estimated 3500 plant species in Namaqualand, more than 1000 are found nowhere else on earth.

Close-up of the Namaqua daisy - Namaqualand National Park and the Namaqua flowers spectacle
Close-up of the Namaqua daisy
Namaqualand National Park and the Namaqua flowers spectacle
Photograph by Mike Cilliers

The rigorous weather conditions in the Namaqua region gave rise to multitude of life forms which have adapted perfectly to their unique habitat. Amphibians and also reptiles feature prominently in this particular ecosystem, with a large number of endemic species.

The same thing took place with the mammal and bird species. Animals such as the Klipspringer, Aardvark, Baboon, Steenbok, Duiker, Porcupine, Black-backed jackal and Leopard to name but a few, have likewise adapted wonderfully to the challenging conditions.

Farm labourer cottages near Calvinia - Namaqualand National Park and the Namaqua flowers spectacle
Farm labourer cottages near Calvinia
Namaqualand National Park and the Namaqua flowers spectacle
Photograph by Mike Cilliers

The Park is home to the world's smallest tortoise, the Namaqua speckled “Padloper” (Roadrunner). Birding in the park can still be explored more. Species to search for include Cinnamon-breasted Warbler, Cape Long-billed Lark, Karoo Lark, Black-headed Canary and Cape Bulbul. Black Harriers quarter the ground in search of rodents.

The world renown Namaqua daisies - Namaqualand National Park and the Namaqua flowers spectacle
The world renown Namaqua daisies
Namaqualand National Park and the Namaqua flowers spectacle
Photograph by Mike Cilliers

Checklists of the Mammal, Amphibian, Retile and Bird species that can be found in the Namaqualand National Park, are provided by South African national parks as follows:

Mammals
Birds
Amphibians
Reptiles

The Chalet accommodation in the Park  - Namaqualand National Park and the Namaqua flowers spectacle
The Chalet accommodation in the Park
Namaqualand National Park and the Namaqua flowers spectacle
Photograph by Senyetse

You should not miss out on visiting this beautiful and unique National Park. The gorgeous fields of flowers, star studded nights, Quiver trees together with massive granite outcrops separated by sandy alluvial valleys are but a few amazing things that await visitors.

<<< Top of Page


ACCOMMODATION,...

You should not miss out on visiting this beautiful and unique National Park. The gorgeous fields of flowers, star studded nights, Quiver trees together with massive granite outcrops separated by sandy alluvial valleys are but a few of the amazing things that await visitors.

Chalets in the Namaqua national park - Namaqualand National Park and the Namaqua flowers spectacle
Chalets in the Namaqua national park
Namaqualand National Park and the Namaqua flowers spectacle
Photograph by Senyetse

A nice dining place is available on the enclosed veranda. In addition an in-house fireplace and an outdoor braai area has also been included.

Chalet in the Namaqua national park - Namaqualand National Park and the Namaqua flowers spectacle
Chalet in the Namaqua national park
Namaqualand National Park and the Namaqua flowers spectacle
Photograph by Senyetse

All the chalets have been equipped with ceiling fans and 220V electrical power. One of them also has been adapted so that it can be used by visitors that have impaired mobility.

Inside view of the chalets - Namaqualand National Park and the Namaqua flowers spectacle
Inside view of the chalets
Namaqualand National Park and the Namaqua flowers spectacle
Photograph by Senyetse

The kitchen area has been very well equipped with crockery and cutlery, cooking utensils, glassware, a 4-plate stove, microwave, fridge / freezer combination, kettle and toaster.

View of the bedroom in the chalets - Namaqualand National Park and the Namaqua flowers spectacle
View of the bedroom in the chalets
Namaqualand National Park and the Namaqua flowers spectacle
Photograph by Senyetse

Additionally, there are a good number of Bed and Breakfast establishments, guesthouses and guest farms in the Namaqua region for those that would like to have a look around the Namaqua region beyond the borders of the Park itself.

<<< Top of Page


Maps,... Namaqua National Park can be found some 495 km north of Cape Town off the N7 highway to Namibia, and 67 km away from the town of Springbok in the north.

The nearest town is Kamieskroon, which is situated about 22 km from the Namaqua Park?s offices. Approximately 17km northwest of Kamieskroon lies the Skilpad section of the Park.

The interactive map below shows South Africa, with a marker indicating the Namaqualand National Park. Zoom in to see a close up aerial view of the Park.


Tips for navigating the above map.

  • First of all press the refresh button of your browser if the map does not show up properly.


  • The three buttons at the right-hand top corner of the map allow you to view either the geographical map, the satellite picture or a combination of both.


  • The button cluster on the left will enable you to zoom in or out. On the map you can use the PLUS (+) key to Zoom In for more detail, or the MINUS (-) key to Zoom Out for a bigger picture of the region in relation to the rest of South Africa.


  • You will also be able to move the map left and right and up and down by clicking the left-hand mouse button and moving the cursor on the map.


  • The map will center itself every time you double-click on the marker on the map.


  • Click on the refresh button of your browser to return to the original map.
The following maps may also come in handy.

view a map with directions to the Skilpad section of the Nationel Park.

view a map of the Skilpad flower route in the National park..

<<< Top of Page


How to get there,...

The airports nearest to the National Park are the international airport at Cape Town and the domestic airport at Upington. From there you will have to travel by road. Alternatively you can charter a plain and fly to the nearest airstrip, which is the Springbok airstrip in the Goegab Nature reserve, about 67km away from Namaqua National park.

By road From Capetown

The interactive map below shows South Africa, with a blue line indicating the route from Cape Town to Namaqualand National Park. Zoom in to see the details of the route, they will show you exactly how to go.


Tips for navigating the maps above and below.

  • First of all press the refresh button of your browser if the map does not show up properly.


  • The three buttons at the right-hand top corner of the map allow you to view either the geographical map, the satellite picture or a combination of both.


  • The button cluster on the left will enable you to zoom in or out. On the map you can use the PLUS (+) key to Zoom In for more detail, or the MINUS (-) key to Zoom Out for a bigger picture of the region in relation to the rest of South Africa.


  • You will also be able to move the map left and right and up and down by clicking the left-hand mouse button and moving the cursor on the map.


  • The map will center itself every time you double-click on the marker on the map.


  • Click on the refresh button of your browser to return to the original map.
By road From Upington

The interactive map below shows South Africa, with a blue line indicating the route from Upington to Namaqualand National Park. Zoom in to see the details of the route, they will show you exactly how to go.




GPS Coördinates:

Entrance gate Namaqua National Park and Skilpad section - S 17.80505 E -30.16173

<<< Top of Page


Accommodation availability,...

view a monthly calendar with accommodation availability details for the Namaqua National Park on the Accommodation availability page of the South African National Parks (SANparks) website,

Tariffs,...

View the tariffs applicable for the Namaqua National Park on the official tariff page of the South African National Parks (SANparks) website.

Reservations,...

Book your reservation for the Namaqua National park on the official reservations page of the South African National Parks (SANparks) website.






<< Top of Page

Return from the Namaqualand National Park page to the National Parks in South Africa page

<< Home page





Girl enjoying one of the South Africa beaches

Family enjoying a beach holiday in South Africa

Aerial view of Cape Town and Table Mountain in South Africa

Modern highway network in Port Elizabeth, South Africa







Copyright: 2005-2017 South-Africa-Tours-and-Travel.com
Return to top