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Unread post by Dreamer » Wed Aug 13, 2008 8:24 pm

Hi Supertad
Hope that this give you an idea Not too sure what you would refer to as too close or too far but having a look at this first pic may answer your question
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The following are taken from our chalet.... awesome views
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Image Taken from kitchen area looking out towards enclosed verandah
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ImageFom in the verandah. The lounge door and bedroom door both opens onto this verandah.
We are visiting again in Sept, this time will spend a few days. Last visit was only an overnight stay on way home from KTP and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
Enjoy
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:Namaqua National Park to go coastal thanks to De Beers!

Unread post by DinkyBird » Wed Nov 12, 2008 12:24 pm

by Zakiya Fareed

On Thursday, 6 November 2008, CE of SANParks, Dr David Mabunda accepted 36 000 hectares of land from De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) to expand the Namaqua National Park all the way to the coast! The 99 year lease agreement was signed at Head Office (Groenkloof National Park) by Dr. Mabunda and Mr. David Noko, the Managing Director of DBCM.

The small ceremony was attended by various SANParks officials including Namaqua National Park Manager, Bernardt van Lente and Regional Manager of the Arid Region, Dries Engelbrecht as well as the deputy chairman of DBCM, Mr. Manne Dipico and their head of ecology, Johan Kruger.

The 36 000ha forms the area between the Groen and Spoeg Rivers and acquisition of this means that the park is linked from the high lying areas around the Skilpad section through to the coast. This inclusion will increase the Namaqua National Park area to 144 000ha, making it the fifth largest national park after Kruger, Kgalagadi, Addo and Richtersveld.

The greater significance of the acquisition of this land is that the park contains key components of the Succulent Karoo biome – the world’s only arid biodiversity hoptspot. The Succulent Karoo biome has been identified as a priority for protected area development. This acquisition brings into the Park 36 000ha of pristine coastline for this purpose.

The signing of this agreement also heralded the beginning of a few more plans for the area. SANParks has initiated the planning processes for the establishment of a Marine coastal Area of the coast between the Groen and Spoeg areas. It has also been decided to expand the park into the Kamiesberg mountains behind Kamieskroon.

SANParks has also already initiated an R8,5m Working for the Coast project, which is employing 55 people over a 3 year period in rehabilitation and development of this area. SANParks has also accessed just over R1m from DEAT and have employed a section ranger and two rangers for the daily management of the area.

In addition, Dr. Mabunda announced to the group that he had, just that morning, approved an allocation of R3,7m from the Park Development Fund in order to implement a fencing project for this coastal component of the Park. This news was well received by all, especially Bernardt van Lente and Dries Engelbrecht.

“Through our approach of labour intensive infrastructure development and local procurement, we would hope that this will give a further stimulus to the area. In longer term, of course, what we are all working towards is the development of a viable and sustainable eco-tourism economy in this wild and beautiful coastal area,” said Dr. Mabunda.

In closing, Dr Mabunda expressed his gratitude towards all partners, De Beers in particular, for making it possible to move forward towards a biodiverse and economically vibrant future for all. He further thanked De Beers for the productive relationship built and expressed hope that the relationship would be nurtured in future through similar projects.
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Namaqua National Park Dec 2008

Unread post by Senyetse » Tue Jan 13, 2009 2:34 pm

These pics were taken during our trip to Namaqua in December 2008

The best (most private) chalet is number 4.

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Office and reception in the distance:
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ACCESS TO COASTAL SECTION OF NAMAQUA NP

Unread post by mirabib » Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:04 pm

My first post. I am an addicted desert rat, roaming the area from Namaqualand to Skeleton Coast and inland to Etosha, KTP and Aughrabies.

We have often gone to a place known in Namaqualand as Boulder Bay, +-30km South of Hondeklip Bay. (Close to the dune fields.) I am not sure whether it is south of the Spoeg river (I don't exactly know where the Spoeg river is), but I suspect it is. In the past we arranged permission through CDM.

How will the transfer to NP affect access to this area? I was planning another photography trip here for June 2009.

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New 4x4 Trail opens in Namaqua National Park

Unread post by Boorgatspook » Wed Jul 29, 2009 7:58 am

Media Release
A new 4x4 trail, the Caracal Ecoroute, was opened for visitors during July 2009 at the Namaqua National Park. The 153km trail stretches from Skilpad in the Northeast to Groen River in the south, and will enable visitors to enjoy previously inaccessible new areas of the Namaqua.

The Caracal Ecoroute will take visitors through some of the most spectacular scenery in Namaqua, from the Kamiesberg with unending vistas, through the beautiful inland dunes and along 50km of breathtaking west coast. Along the way you can see amongst other the hand- constructed Wildeperdehoek pass; historic caves; estuaries rich in birdlife, and in flower season, the whole spectrum of flowers in Namaqua.

Animals such as Gemsbok, Hartebeest and Springbok are common in the flatter areas, and in the mountains you may even see such rarities as Leopard and Aardwolf. Along the coast and in the countless picturesque little bays you may see Heavisides’ dolphins (a West Coast endemic) and the occasional whale further offshore.

The trail is considered easy, with the most ‘difficult’ areas being some sandy stretches along the coast and some mountain sections - graded no more than three anywhere. The wet season can be tricky though and strong-flowing streams and rivers should not be crossed. During wet season it is recommended that two vehicles do the trail together. The trail can take anything from 4-7 hours, depending on conditions and time spent sightseeing. Best time of year: Any time, because of the diverse habitats the route goes through. The route may be closed after heavy rains- please enquire beforehand.

No bookings are necessary for the Caracal Ecoroute, but it is essential to obtain a booklet and map at Skilpad Office. Fees are R100 per vehicle and normal conservation fees per person will apply. The trail is free of charge for Skilpad Rest camp residents. Residents can either return along the same route or via Garies.

There can be few things more enjoyable than staying in one of our picture- perfect, fully equipped self-catering chalets at Skilpad, and then doing the trail at your leisure from there. The Ecoroute will show a side of Namaqua few people are aware of.

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Re: Namaqua National Park: ADVICE

Unread post by Dotty » Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:19 am

No not SANParks :naughty: Please private message Dabchick with any non SANParks suggestions :wink:
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Re: Through Namaqua to Hondeklipbaai and back in a sedan?

Unread post by lion queen » Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:01 am

Hi Zookrat and welcome,

We came up from Stellenbosch this past weekend, via Springbok, and yes there were "blommetjies" ( flowers) every where. It's not spectacular ( but this is still early days!!!), but they are there and should be a nice sighting by the time you go in August.

Enjoy and please show us your photos.......... :dance: :dance:
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Re: Through Namaqua to Hondeklipbaai and back in a sedan?

Unread post by DinkyBird » Wed Jul 25, 2012 11:06 am

Looking at the map I have from the Eco Trail route we did, to get to Hondeklip Baai, one turns off before the road goes along the beach and through the thick sand. I cannot say what the strip through the park one will have to do is like though.

I can email the map to you if you like Zookrat.
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Directions to Skilpad

Unread post by Francesco » Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:46 pm

Arriving from north (Springbok) is it still advisable to go through Kamieskroon or is there a more direct (and easy and safe ...) access? Thanks for your help.

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Re: Namaqua National Park: ADVICE

Unread post by Munchkin » Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:08 pm

Francesco, I would say that the best route to Namaqua NP from Springbok would be via the Kamieskroon turnoff. Not sure if there is another route. The road is at best (or was) somewhat corrugated but otherwise would not say that it is unsafe - just drive sensibly........it is after all a dirt road / farm road / gravel road ....which eventually takes you to the Namaqua NP reception. You should not encounter any problems regardless of type of vehicle! Enjoy - you will love the solitude of this gem of a Park! :thumbs_up: It is only when you want to explore the 4x4 sections of the Park that you need to consider having a 4x4 vehicle!
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Re: Namaqua National Park: ADVICE

Unread post by zookrat » Fri Aug 10, 2012 10:52 am

Hello all,

We visited Skipad section of Namaqua NP on Aug 2 this year, there are flowers aplenty and we were not dissappointed. It is such an oasis of flowers that it almost sticks out and I wonder if some skelm irrigation isn't done there so as not to dissappoint the international tourists and support the tourism industry this country needs so badly? :) Does anyone know the truth about this?

Not too sure if Goegap will have many flowers as Springbok area had little rain and there are very few flowers in the veld around there and even on the road from there to Kammieskroon. A trip to Port Nolloth is worthwhile and we were advised to drive to Soebatsfontein and then towards the sea but alas did not have time for it. If you day hike around the area you also see beautiful isolated plants in bloom.

Hope this helps,
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Re: Namaqua National Park: ADVICE

Unread post by onewithnature » Sun Aug 12, 2012 5:39 am

Thanks for the update, Zookrat. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Namaqua National Park: ADVICE

Unread post by Dabchick » Mon Aug 13, 2012 3:06 pm

zookrat wrote:Hello all,

We visited Skipad section of Namaqua NP on Aug 2 this year, there are flowers aplenty and we were not dissappointed. It is such an oasis of flowers that it almost sticks out and I wonder if some skelm irrigation isn't done there so as not to dissappoint the international tourists and support the tourism industry this country needs so badly? :) Does anyone know the truth about this?


Skilpad does not get "skelm" irrigation :lol: , but various sections of it does get ploughed at various intervals - as disturbance is essential to get the annuals flowering en masse as at Skilpad. In fact, Skilpad has been part of an experiment run by the Botany / Plant Science department at the University of Pretoria for two or three (or more :hmz: ) decades, which aimed, amongst other things, at determining the optimal level and frequency of disturbance to favour the growth of the Namaqualand annuals rather than the "vaal" and boring "renosterbos" :lol: .

When it doesn't rain a lot in Skilpad, the plants are just shorter and the flowers smaller than during seasons with lots of rain..

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Namaqualand flower season 2012: Advice needed

Unread post by AndreDeschodt » Fri Aug 24, 2012 10:16 am

Good day all.

We are planning a trip to Namaqualand in the Northern Cape for the last week of September 2012. I phoned Namaqualand National park and they assured me that the flowers are very beautiful this year.

My question however is if anyone knows when the flower season normally ends and if we will still be able to see flowers at the end of September. The lady from the park said that the rains was a little late this year, so the flowers might last longer as well. The other element to keep in mind is that the flowers will not last when the hot wind starts to blow.

The Sanparks website (http://www.sanparks.org/about/news/default.php?id=55242) states: "At this stage it looks like the flowers may last for quite some time, based on the countless young plants that still need to flower and the predicted rain." Could anyone waiver a prediction as to what "quite some time" means?

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Re: Namaqualand flower season 2012: Advice needed

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Fri Aug 24, 2012 12:33 pm

:hmz: Difficult one.

Welcome to the forum Andre.

You will definitely see some good flowers, but the main 'attraction' will probably be next weekend for about 3 weeks.
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