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Namaqua flower update for 21 August 2009

24 August 2009

Skilpad (Namaqua National Park) and surrounds received very good rains the past week. The cold, wet weather seem to have stimulated the formation of more flower buds, and Skilpad is still looking very good, and should continue to do so for at least the next week or more, depending on rain and wind.

Prominent flowers to be seen at Skilpad:

Orange daisy carpets, the ‘specialty’ of Skilpad, still dominates Skilpad, but there is a notable increase in the variety of other flowers. Romulia species are more prominent. Meidestert (Lapeirousia silenoides); Varkiesknol (Conicosia elongata); Gazanias (Gazania sp.) and T’neitjie (Pelargonium incrassatum) are also noticeably more common. There are some very nice hongerblomme (Senecio sp) patches in between the orange daisy carpets, making for wonderful photographs.

The Caracal Eco route (4x4 only) will take the flower enthusiast past an amazing variety of flowers, from Skilpad down to the coast and Groen River. There are some large patches of beetle daisies (Gorteria sp) and various Arctotis species. Please note that this trail is 153km and takes all day. A map is required from the Skilpad office.

The gravel road to Skilpad has been damaged by the last rains, but is drivable by normal sedan vehicles, provided you drive slowly.

Rainfall for Skilpad as follows:

  • April 2009: 35.6mm

  • May 2009: 39.1mm

  • June 2009: 123.4mm

  • July 2009: 20.3mm

  • August 2009: 41.9mm (to date)