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Namaqua National Park
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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.
During early August and September, as if by magic, a tapestry of brilliant colours unfold along the winding roads of the Namaqua National Park. Butterflies, birds and long-tongued flies dart around among the flowers, seemingly overwhelmed by the abundance and diversity...
South African National Parks today announced that by the end of July 2007, four two-sleeper units will be on offer (each with an additional sleeper couch) at Namaqua National Park near Springbok in the Northern Cape.
Notice is hereby given of a public participation process in terms of the NEMA Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations 2006 for the installation of a 125kw standby generator for the funicular and a 30kw standby generator for tourist facilities at Cape Point.
If you know of individuals or organisations who are making a significant contribution to conservation in South Africa, please read more about the SANParks Kudu Awards, download the Award Categories and fill in a nomination form...
This week the Namaqualand Communal Farmers Anatolian Dog Livestock Guarding Project gets off to a tail-wagging start as the first group of dogs is handed over to their new owners. The project is run with the support of SANParks after a successful pilot project...