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Re: Namaqua Camping. Where?

Unread postby DuQues » Tue Aug 11, 2009 8:58 am

Skilpad Rest Camp provides 4 chalets, each with 2 single beds in the bedroom and a ¾-sleeper couch (suitable for 1 adult or 2 children) in the open plan living room / kitchen. A dining area is available on the enclosed veranda and an indoor fireplace and an outside braai area is also provided. The units come equipped with ceiling fans and 220V electricity. One unit (#3) has been adapted for use by guests with challenged mobility. The kitchen is fully equipped with crockery and cutlery, cooking utensils, glassware, a 4-plate stove, microwave, fridge / freezer combo, kettle and toaster.


So no camping. However you can do a google, and will run into Cozy Mountain Camp for instance (I did). If that's good, I don't know, but maybe members will PM you a few locations?
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Re: Namaqualand flowers in September?

Unread postby rothk » Tue Aug 11, 2009 12:33 pm

Dear Francesco,

have a look at the Namaqua Flower Report before you start.

http://www.south-north.co.za/flowers/?page_id=2

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Re: Namaqualand flowers in September?

Unread postby arks » Tue Aug 11, 2009 12:44 pm

Hi Francesco and Welcome!

You might also check the latest on West Coast NP, which might be a better option?
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Re: Namaqualand flowers in September?

Unread postby francesco67 » Wed Aug 12, 2009 10:36 pm

Thanks everyone for the suggestions.
Actually, it is really a difficult choice. We have a reservation in Springbok for Sept 9 and 10 but -having three children- the drive from Tulbagh (where we'll be leaving from on the 9, in the morning) to Springbok and return to Cape Town (where we have to be on the 11 in the evening) is quite long. This is worthwhile if the flowers are there but if the season comes early and most io it will be gone by mid-September, I really wonder if we should cancel and stay more in the south (WCNP). I have no experience at all on the flower season but it sound like catching the indian fall in New England or Canada.
How long taked the drive from Springbok to CT?
Any additional comment/suggestion will be more than welcome.
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Re: Namaqualand flowers in September?

Unread postby onewithnature » Thu Aug 13, 2009 4:46 am

There is also the up-to-date Flower Hotline, on 083 910 1028. They will tell you how the flower display is progressing, and which areas are best to visit.
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Re: Namaqualand flowers in September?

Unread postby Dotty » Thu Aug 13, 2009 12:00 pm

Hi francesco67 A very warm welcome to the forums
I found this web page which might help with your planning link
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Re: Namaqualand flowers in September?

Unread postby phisn » Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:44 pm

Hi, this is my first posting (ever) so please bear with me if I 'm in the wrong place.

I would like some advice regarding the wild flowers; Where is the best place to see them and where should two of us stay for a long weekend?
We will be coming up from Cape Town sometime within the next two weeks from 18 Aug as I understand this is the best viewing time for them.

I have checked out the SAN Parks accomodation and naturally it is full throughout August and most of September

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Re: Namaqualand flowers in September?

Unread postby Dotty » Sat Aug 15, 2009 10:02 pm

A very warm welcome to the forums phisn here is a link that might help but check back soon others might have more info for you.Check now and again again for cancellations they do happen.
If forumites have other places in mind for you to stay they will private message you so look out for that too
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Re: Namaqualand flowers in September?

Unread postby onewithnature » Sun Aug 16, 2009 2:57 am

I've just read that decent flower shows in September are not always the reality. This year it appears as if, unless the berg winds subside and they get more rain, the show will be over soon. Hope it works out for you, though, jeroenvm!
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Namaqua sandgrouse chicks

Unread postby Daan » Mon Oct 26, 2009 10:31 pm

Have you ever seen namaqua sand grouse chicks in the wild ?

I was very lucky to see these three chicks next to the road from TR to Mata Mata.

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Re: Namaqua sandgrouse chicks

Unread postby Caracal » Tue Oct 27, 2009 7:15 am

HCF ( high cuteness factor) here indeed. In all my trips to the KTP ( many) I have never seen Sandgrouse chicks . There are so well camouflaged. Thanks for sharing Daan.
What else do you have up sleeve to share with us?

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Re: Namaqua sandgrouse chicks

Unread postby Daan » Tue Oct 27, 2009 9:42 am

Ndloti
This is the second time we saw sand grouse chicks.
The first time was in 2005
When you see the parents on the ground, stop and have a look around.
The camouflage of the chicks is unbelievable.
On the first sighting we only saw them because one of the chicks blinked an eye.
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Namaqua National Park map

Unread postby Deepsea » Thu Dec 03, 2009 11:15 am

Hi, does anyone have a map of this park with specific reference to the Rooikat/Caracal Echo route please. I am planning a trip to the park specifically to drive the route and the park can only give me a map on arrival.

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Re: Namaqua National Park map

Unread postby Munchkin » Thu Dec 03, 2009 12:15 pm

Deepsea, have you seen the latest "Drive Out" / "Weg Ry" magazine, Dec 09 / Jan 10 edition. (Just so happen to have it with me at work : )

They have an entire article (with a smallish map) on the Caracal Eco-route at Namaqua Nat. Park.

Article also states that it you go to http://www.tracks4africa.co.za/wegrydriveout.asp" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
you can see the map in more detail. (sorry don't know how to provide link : - Oh, : someone did it for me - thks)
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Re: Namaqua National Park map

Unread postby Deepsea » Thu Dec 03, 2009 2:00 pm

Munchkin, thanks for the reply : , just got the magazine. The map is not very detailed. I will read the article and see if I can get the detail I require from there. I don't have the latest T4A maps but planning on getting it as well - I hope they indicate the "camp sites".....

They don't really have established camp sites along the route yet ....work in progress as per the park.


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