As if by magic a tapestry of brilliant colours unfold enticingly along the winding roads of the Namaqua National Park. Butterflies and birds 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, 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 1000 of its estimated 3500 plant species are found nowhere else on earth. Fields of flowers, star studded nights, quiver trees, enormous granite outcrops and the icy Atlantic are but a few wonders that await the visitor.

Why we like it

Incredible biodiversity; Unique species; Spectacular flower blooms; Breathtaking landscapes

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 700 km²
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Namaqua Speckled Padloper
Malaria Area: No
Nearest Town: Kamieskroon

Accommodation in Namaqua National Park

Boulder Baai Camp Site, Namaqua

Renowned for its stunning, striking carpets of flowers that bloom after the spring rains, the Namaqua National Park in South Africa is one of nature's greatest spectacles. Butterflies, birds and long-tongued flies dart around among the flowers, seemingly overwhelmed by the abundance and diversity. The Speckled Cape Tortoise, the world's smallest, is found here. A number of rustic campsites can…

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Accomodation Type: Camping
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Bamboeskamp Campsite, Namaqua

Renowned for its stunning, striking carpets of flowers that bloom after the spring rains, the Namaqua National Park in South Africa is one of nature's greatest spectacles. Butterflies, birds and long-tongued flies dart around among the flowers, seemingly overwhelmed by the abundance and diversity. The Speckled Cape Tortoise, the world's smallest, is found here. A number of rustic campsites can…

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Accomodation Type: Camping
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Delwerskamp Campsite, Namaqua

Renowned for its stunning, striking carpets of flowers that bloom after the spring rains, the Namaqua National Park in South Africa is one of nature's greatest spectacles. Butterflies, birds and long-tongued flies dart around among the flowers, seemingly overwhelmed by the abundance and diversity. The Speckled Cape Tortoise, the world's smallest, is found here. A number of rustic campsites can…

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Accomodation Type: Camping
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Tours and Activities in Namaqua National Park

Species list Map
Where

Lookout for

Aardvark
Duiker
Steenbok
Porcupine
Jackal
Baboon

Key Species

MAMMALS
Klipspringer
Aardvark
Baboon


BRIDS
Black Harrier
Karoo Lark
Cinnamon-breasted Warbler
Cape Long-billed Lark
Karoo Lark


REPTILES
Speckled Cape Tortoise
Cape Cobra
Namaqua Speckled Padloper


TREES
Quiver Tree
Aloes
Crassula sp.


HABITAT TYPES
Karoo
Fynbos
Flower Fields (seasonal)


Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 1
Mammals: 4
Birds: 6
Reptiles: 7
Trees: 6