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Namaqua National Park
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Flower report Namaqua NP 04 – 11 August 2007
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.
This can be ascribed to the 2 good rainy seasons in a row, resulting in lush growth of non-flowering vegetation. The park is still worth a visit though, with the access road to the park having some nice blocks/carpets of flowers along the way.
If you have a 4x4 the park road from Skilpad to Soebatsfontein is definitely worth the effort. The ‘vygies’ are the best they have been in a number of years. Some of the more spectacular species are also emerging, particularly cat-tails and ‘kalkoentjies’. The upside of the good rains at Skilpad is that the two walking trails offer a better variety of flowers.
Visitors from the
Arakoop, along the N7 (just north of Kamieskroon)
Haasrivier (on the access road to the park)
All areas around Soebatsfontein
Garies-Groen river road- HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
If you have a 4x4:
The coastal areas (especially Groen-Spoeg area)
The park road from Skilpad to Soebatsfontein
The best is to ask around and drive around- there are many more roads not mentioned here which have flowers on them!
BERNARD VAN LENTE: PARK MANAGER: