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Namaqua National Park
Following a successful two years, the Flowers Beach Camp hosted in the Namaqua National Park is once again open for bookings.
We take a look at various People and Conservation projects hosted in the South African National Parks (SANParks) - Arid Region.
The flowers at Skilpad and the surrounding areas are spectacular.
The Namaqua flowers are calling. Imagine waking amidst fields of flowers and stepping from your tent onto an untouched beach...
The flowers at Skilpad are quite stunning. It seems to be better than previous years, and visitors will really be missing something if they give Skilpad a skip.
Following a successful Flower Beach Camp hosted last year in the Namaqua National Park, the South African National Parks (SANParks) announced the bookings for the 2012 beach camp as open.
There were more good rains at the start of August for the Skilpad Section of the Namaqua National Park. The coastal areas received good rains as well.
It is quite early in the season but Namaqua National Park is already getting a great deal of enquiries of what is expected for the upcoming flower season. This is difficult to predict but will attempt to post regular updates.
We have had excellent follow-up rains in the Namaqua National Park. Skilpad is looking unbelievably good with few people currently visiting to enjoy it! It seems nobody expected the flowers to be this early.
The flowers are currently excellent, with carpets of orange daisies covering large sections of the Skilpad area. The continuing sunny weather is causing quite a spectacle. It is however essential to get more rain in the coming week.
There has been no rain the past week in the park area. All the main roads in the area has been graded and repaired. The flowers are currently excellent, with carpets of orange daisies improving daily with the sunny weather. Other species are also making an appearance, including ‘kalkoentjies’, ‘meidesterte’ and purple vygies.
Many environmentalists has described the Namaqualand wild flower season as one of the wonders of the world, with 2008 yet another promising year to experience the exceptional namaqua flowers. Over the past weeks Namaqua National Park has witness a sudden outburst of flowers, particularly of orange daisies and Gazanias.
iKAPA Honorary Rangers Eileen and Paul van Helden donated 4 global positioning system units (etrex Garmin GPS) to Namaqua National Park manager Bernard van Lente on 11 January 2008. These small units are about the size of a thick cell phone and are extremely robust and user friendly.
Skilpad had 5mm of rain on 27/08/2007. The flowers are staying the same, the only difference that new species are emerging, particularly Pelargoniums, Romulias (sterretjies) and Gazanias (botterblomme).
The whole Namaqua area had good follow up rains over the past week. The park itself has good flowers, but it seems as if the Skilpad section will not be as good as last year. The daisies started with a bang, but has since not increased much in numbers.
Namaqua National Park received very good rains from 26-29 July (40mm), and the effect was immediately apparent. The daisies in Skilpad is looking very good. On the way to the park there are excellent carpets of orange daisies. Towards Soebatsfontein (acessible by 4x4 only) the vygies in particular are painting the hills purple and yellow...
The past three weeks has been dry, windy and warm, with only 4mm measured on 15/07/2007. The daisies in Skilpad is starting to bloom in orange carpets. The variety of species is also increasing, particularly in the natural veldt. The season seem to be earlier than the previous year, but it is however clear that follow up rains are needed.