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Unread postby MarkWildDog » Sat Sep 09, 2006 3:14 pm

Is there a Rest Camp at Namaqua, What animals are there
We might be planning to go there next weekend, Any Suggestions

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sat Sep 09, 2006 5:09 pm

I don't think there are animals there, and there is no rest camp.
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Unread postby reinette » Sat Sep 09, 2006 5:13 pm

You will need to arrange lodging in the area Mark. We didn't made Namaqua NP at the end but was at Springbok and it is very beautiful. It is something to experience.

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Unread postby Maaike T » Tue Apr 03, 2007 3:29 pm

Can somebody help me with some advice? In may we are planning with 2 couples with 2 cars (4 WD - TRAX’s) to make a roundtrip from Cape Town to Namibia and back to Cape Town. We would like to stay a few days in Namaqualand. Can you tell me if this is a good time to stay there? Or is the rain still falling and can we expect a lot of trouble driving the park? Is there a camping in the park (we can sleep in the cars)? Do we have to make reservations? Where can I find a map of the park? Anyl advice is welcome.

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Unread postby DuQues » Tue Apr 03, 2007 4:01 pm

All I can find is a map....

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Re: Namaqua NP

Unread postby gwendolen » Tue Apr 03, 2007 4:52 pm

Maaike T wrote:We would like to stay a few days in Namaqualand. Can you tell me if this is a good time to stay there?


Hi Maaike. When are you going?

Have you checked out the pages on the website? http://www.sanparks.org/parks/namaqua/

Namaqua doesn't have a camping or any other facilities to stay overnight.

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Unread postby Maaike T » Tue Apr 03, 2007 8:24 pm

Thanks DuQues, Gwendolen and Arks.
The sites you gave me a lot of info. I'm still reading all the information. I'm also trying to find out where we can stay.
We come next month to ZA. 01-05-07 w'll land at Cape Town. First we'll go to Namibia. On our way back we are planning to visit Richtersveld NP and than Namaqua NP. The plane we'll leave 30-05-07 in the evening.
Does anyone know something about the rain? Is there a lot next month? And how is the conditioning of the roads. Are there some flowers of only in September?

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Unread postby Jay » Tue Apr 03, 2007 8:43 pm

Hi Maaike T
you can stay at the Kamieskroon hotel which is approx 22km from the Namaqua park (mods may I mention the hotel seeing as there is no park accom?)
weatherwise you are most likely still looking at fairly high day temps with the night temps cooling down somewhat. If we are VERY lucky we can expect thunder storms that time of year(we live in hope )
Flowers are only in spring...or after some fairly good rain, which ever comes first.

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Apr 03, 2007 8:52 pm

Hi Maaike T!!

There are no campsites - accommodation
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accommodation in Namaqua

Unread postby arks » Tue May 15, 2007 4:17 pm

@ Maaike T and others, there are now plans for accommodation in Namaqua NP

I'd been hoping to visit this park en route to KTP in September, but now that I "must detour" to KNP that's out. However, I'm now thinking that perhaps rather than flying from KTP (Upington) to the Cape .... Having accommodation IN the park is a real incentive!!
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Unread postby Maaike T » Thu May 31, 2007 12:53 pm

Last night I came home in Holland from our trip (4 weeks) to ZA and Namibia. It was wonderfull. We stayed a few days on the campsite at Kamieskroon. From there we made several round-trips in Namaqualand. We made a lot of photo's and film. Later on we'll place the photo's and story on our website, but that will need some days. Thanks for all the advice. Next year we have to go back, because there is so much too see and to do. Four weeks is not enough! We need several years to see all these nice places! I can't wait to go back.

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Unread postby Bekke » Mon Jul 02, 2007 1:00 pm

They have build some chalets in the Namaqua park (Skilpad). I will try them out in August!

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Namaqua Flower Season

Unread postby dianne » Thu Aug 02, 2007 2:18 pm

Please note that I'll be posting weekly updates on the Namaqua flowers, kindly sent through from the park manager.

Here's a pic of the new accommodation too, taken by Eben Human
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namaqua flowers sept 9 to 11 2007

Unread postby paulbright » Sat Sep 15, 2007 8:15 pm

Hi,
I recently had a short trip to namaqua just to see the flowers.
it was such a wonderful experience. The place looks like paradise. really!!
please find the pics in this link.

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Unread postby gwendolen » Fri Mar 28, 2008 9:29 pm

Go magazine had a feature on Namaqualand and Namaqua National park.


Flowers in Namaqualand

Every year, shortly after the winter rains, millions of flowers start to bloom along the arid West Coast all the way up to the Orange River. In sunshine, they unfold their colourful petals and turn a barren landscape into an artist’s palette.

The peak flower season is usually from August to September, but sometimes you can see flowers as early as May. And, in a good year, the spectacle carries on until early November in the mountains a little inland.

Actually, the flowers are shy lie-a-beds – the first risers show their faces at about 10 am, and only when the sun shines. By 3.30 pm they close again.

So you only have about five hours every day to enjoy the flowers. The rest of the day you can spend time with the friendly people of Namaqualand and explore that beautiful part of the world.


Flowers in Namaqualand


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