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Fauna and Flora

Namaqualand is renowned for its annual mass display of wild flowers in spring and a rich diversity of succulent plants, with an estimated 3 500 species, more than a 1000 endemic to the area.

Amphibians and reptiles are well represented, with a number of endemic species. The mammal species that have adapted to these harsh conditions include klipspringer, aardvark, baboon, steenbok, duiker, porcupine, black-backed jackal and leopard. Birds are typical of the dry arid western regions of the country. Look out for Black Harriers.

(For more birding information and park bird checklist, go to Information for Birders)

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Did You Know?

  • Namaqua National Park is situated in one of only 2 arid biodiversity hotspots