The Namaqua National Park Flower Report as on 21 August 2013. South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to update guests about the flowers in Namaqua National Park this season. The Flower season usually starts in July and lasts until September. This is a great opportunity for photographers to get some beautiful shots of nature in bloom.
According to Park Manager, Bernard van Lente we had very early, good rains in March and April, and then a hot dry spell in May. “It has since rained regularly and continuously during August, with constant soft rains. The rainy weather is not conducive for good flower watching but warmer weather is being predicted for the coming week, particularly the coming weekend.”
The recent rains seems to have extended the life of the flowers and currently Skilpad is as spectacular as ever, with large orange carpets covering the Skilpad section. Specific species coming into bloom are Varkiesknol (Herria elongata); Meidesterte ((Lapeirosia sp.); Sporries (Heliophila sp); (Babiana sp) and Gazanias.
The N7 from Van Rhyns Dorp to Steinkopf has some good patches on the roadside and adjacent land, particularly purple vygies. The access road to Skilpad also has flower carpets as you approach the park but the road to Skilpad from Kamieskroon has had some rain damage but can be driven (slowly) with a normal sedan vehicle.
“For those guest with a 4x4 vehicle the coastal section of Namaqua National Park from the Spoeg river to the Groen remains excellent. We expect the coastal flowers to last quite a while,” said Van Lente.
Rainfall, Skilpad section, Namaqua National Park:
March 2013: 38.09mm (most of it on 29-31 March)
April 2013: 46.74mm
May 2013: 12.69mm
June 2013: 76.71mm
July 2013: 30.99mm
August 2013: 39.39mm (to date)
Please note that SANParks can only speak with authority on the National park and close surrounds, but there are reports of good flowers in most other areas of Namaqua.