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 Post subject: Revision of the Namaqua NP park management plan
Unread postPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 11:21 am 
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Dear forum members, please take note that SANParks is busy with the revision of the Namaqua NP park management plan. You can get more information at http://www.sanparks.org/conservation/park_man/.

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 Post subject: namaqua national park size
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Hi

How big is the Namaqua National Park? Does anyone know?


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 Post subject: Re: namaqua national park size
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Hi jenjenjen, the current size of namaqua is 135 000 hectares....
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 Post subject: Namaqua flowering mid september
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hello,

we´re planning our next south africa tour for august/september 2010. in our current draft the namaqua area is planned for 14./15. september. however i fear that it might be a bit late for the flowering time. are there any experience values of the past years?

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 Post subject: Re: Namaqua flowering mid september
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Welcome to the forum Ulf.

The flowers are dependent on the winter rainfall, but the best time generally seems to be the last week of August and the first week of September.

Last year the flowers were a bit early and by 14 September were all but finished.

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 Post subject: Re: Namaqua flowering mid september
Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 6:27 am 
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ulfnaumann wrote:
hello,

we´re planning our next south africa tour for august/september 2010. in our current draft the namaqua area is planned for 14./15. september. however i fear that it might be a bit late for the flowering time. are there any experience values of the past years?

greetings,
ulf


Hi ulfnaumann

All depends on the "berg winds" and the rainfall in the area. Last year the flowers did arrive earlier and middle September it was better to be further south e.g the Cape West Coast Peninsula up to Darling for flower displays. Postberg within the West Coast National Park was then a better option. However, as said before, all weather depending. Hope you have a lovely time!

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 Post subject: Re: Namaqua flowering mid september
Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:16 am 
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hi,

thanks for the answers, we´ll think about it. our whole tour is still not fixed but accommodation in namaqua national park is fully booked until 22 september anyway so´ll we´ll probably have to look for accomodation outside the park.

greetings,
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 Post subject: Namaqua Caracal eco route questions
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Planning a trip for end of August and has pencilled in 2 days for above mentioned trail.
Question is where will I be able to sleep over half way on the trail? And will I be able/allowed with my off-road trailer?


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 Post subject: Re: Namaqua’s flower update
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Check with the park.

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 Post subject: Re: Namaqua’s flower update
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Thanx, WOW popped the question via email this morning and got the following reply.
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Dear Louis
Thank you for your email. Yes you will be able to do the route with your trailer. There are three options for you where to sleep. The route starts at Skilpad office, then you do the mountain area and then the route turns back to the coast. At one stage you will get to the Garies-Hondeklip Bay road. You literally open the gate, go over that road and enter the gate that leads to our coastal section. You can either go to Hondeklip Bay and sleep in one of the guesthouses or caravan park, or you can sleep at Eagles Nest that is situated on the way to our coastal area. The gate you enter when you cross the Hondeklip Bay road will actually say Eagles Nest. You can also sleep at our first camping site. There are braai facilities and enviro toilets, but otherwise you will have to be totally self-sufficient. There are no drinking water or shower facilities. At this stage we don’t ask any fee if you want to camp there.


If there is anything else I can help you with please feel free to contact me.

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ELANZA VAN LENTE
TOURISM OFFICER: NAMAQUA NATIONAL PARK

SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL PARKS


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 Post subject: Re: Namaqua’s flower update
Unread postPosted: Wed May 12, 2010 12:30 pm 
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Hi All!
This could so not be the correct thread for my question and there are so many threads I don't know where to start looking.
None of the wild flowers in my handbook looks similar to my avatar. Closest I could find was Wild Morning Glory, or (user name missing in book - "The Wildlife of Southern Africa" Pg.227), Merremia kentracaulos.
Can someone please identify it for me?
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 Post subject: Re: Namaqua’s flower update
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Try posting here as well WD you might get an answer
another place you might find out is here So much information on this forum it is easy to get "lost"

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 Post subject: Re: Namaqua’s flower update
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Thanks Dotty! Just done the first one for now.


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 Post subject: Namaqua in August
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Last year we were too late, this year we'd like to make it to the 'flower show' around Namaqua, driving up for 2-3 nights from Cape Town.
Is the last week of August good for the flowers?
Skilpad is booked full - any other lodging recommendations in the area?

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 Post subject: Re: Namaqua in August
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Hi jeroenvm,Follow the link in my signature and scroll down to the Namaqua section might be some answers there. Check back here though someone might have some more up to date info.

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