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Namaqua National Park

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Escape to the land of contrasts, where the rigorous climate has created a myriad of life forms superbly adapted to their specific habitat. Fields of flowers, star studded nights, quiver trees, enormous granite outcrops and the icy Atlantic are but a few wonders that await the visitor.

Situated in the heart of the Succulent Karoo the Park has grown enormously and stretches from the well-known Skilpad section, near Kamieskroon, on the escarpment westwards to the coast. The recently added ‘Groen-Spoeg’ coastal section is the only significant remaining untouched section of the Namaqualand coast. The gradient from the escarpment to the coast is important from an upland-lowland and rainfall perspective and contributes to the richness of species within the Park. With its winter rainfall, Namaqualand is home to the richest bulb flora of any arid region in the world and more than 1 000 of its estimated 3 500 plant species are found nowhere else on earth.

Amphibians and reptiles are also well represented, with a number of endemic species. The mammals that have adapted to these harsh conditions include gemsbok, springbok, red hartebeest, klipspringer, aardvark, baboon, steenbok, duiker, porcupine, black-backed jackal and leopard. Birds are typical of the dry arid western regions of the country.

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  • Province: Northern Cape
  • Nearest City/Town: Springbok

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23 June 2023

Spectacular Flower Season Promise

Namaqua National Park received up to Tuesday, 20 June 2023, at whopping total of 198, 96 mm of rain since January 2023. With this high rainfall and th...

28 August 2015

Namaqua National Park flower report update

There is not much change from the previous week and the report is very much the same. The flowers at Skilpad is currently the best in some years. The ...

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