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Namaqua National Park

Namaqua National Park

     
 

Phone:

+27 (0) 27 672 1948

Email:

elanza.vanlente@sanparks.org

Website:

www.sanparks.org/parks/namaqua/

Poaching Hotline:

+27 (0) 800 205 005

 
     

Size:  70,000 ha / 700 km2

Nearest major city:  Upington (6h approx by car)

Species Numbers:  69 Mammals        191 Birds        62 Reptiles

Big Five:  No

Highlights:

  • - Abundant spring bloom of brightly coloured wildflowers (Jul - Sep)
  • - Spectacular scenery
  • - Excellent birding desitination
  • - Good walking trails and mountain bike hire

As if by magic a tapestry of brilliant colours unfold enticingly 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.

Every turn in the road paints an unforgettable picture: valleys filled with Namaqualand daisies and other spring flowers that pulse with sheer energy and joy. Next to some eye-catching succulents, a porcupine and a tall aloe pay witness to a baboon overturning a rock and pouncing on a scorpion. During early August and September, seemingly overnight, the dusty valleys of Namaqualand are transformed into a wonderland, carpeted with wildflowers. With its winter rainfall, Namaqualand is home to the richest bulb flora of any arid region in the world and more than a 1,000 of its estimated 3,500 plant species are found nowhere else on earth.