Namaqua gives you with spellbinding floral displays



The Namaqua region will entice you with spellbinding floral displays erupting from the dry lands of the desert; outdoor adventure activities, a variety of nature reserves, trails through landscapes resembling the face of the moon, rare plants, and unique watersports and fishing opportunities will keep you coming back for more.

The Namaqua region’s big skies, endless desert and carpets of flowers are all the reason you need to visit. Every year from July to September, the Namaqualand desert explodes into life. No fewer than 4 000 species of flowers, 1 000 unique to the region, paint the desert in colours that defy the skill of the greatest painter.

In spring, head to Namaqualand to find the flowers on the N7. The action starts five hours from Cape Town around the towns of Garies, Springbok Kamieskroon and Port Nolloth. Get out and walk in the fields of gold.

Enrich your experience of Namaqualand tourism by staying in a nature reserve. The 1 000-ha Skilpad Wild Flower Reserve (part of the Namaqua National Park) west of Kamieskroon is a prime location, close to the coast, it’s less dry than neighbouring areas. The Kamiesberg mountains offer superb mountain biking.

Birdlovers relish Goegap Nature Reserve, with 92 bird species, including majestic black eagles. A guided tour in an open truck lets you share their view.

The audacious are rewarded by the Richtersveld National Park, a stark lunar wilderness of gold, yellow, pink, white and purple. This World Heritage Site also hosts numerous animal, bird and plant species, including the uncanny halfmens succulent, named after its resemblance to a human silhouette. Warning: a 4×4 is mandatory in this terrain.

But Namaqua activities go beyond daisies. Why not go rafting down the Orange river? You needn’t be fit or experienced: qualified river guides make sure you can just enjoy the scenery, swim, and fish.

And a truly primal experience: desert fly-fishing. Fly-fishing camps are held from May to September on the Orange River in the Richtersveld National Park. Fishing in pleasant temperatures for yellow fish, mudfish and barbel as fish eagles wheel overhead. You can’t get much closer to nature than that.

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Gerald Crawford

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  1. anbetravel says:

    Accommodation in Namaqua – If you are unfamil-iar with the rich history of Naries, why not put your feet up and join the early settlers and travel into the present day future? The barren plains of the north-western interi-or caught the attention of the Dutch settlers from the earliest days. In 1655, a mere three years after land-ing at the Cape of Good Hope, the first expedition of its kind, lead by Jan Windvogel¹, set off from the Cape Town castle aim-ing to explore and make contact with the people groups in the interior north of the Cape.

    The first recorded contact between the Nama-people and Dutch settlers took place in 1661 when an expedition led by Pieter van Meerenhof² ventured into what later became known as Namaqualand. Although impressed by the peaceful nature of the Nama’s, it was his account on the wealth of their metal ornaments that caught the attention of his sponsors back home, result-ing in numerous explora-tions into the copper infest-ed mountains of the region.

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