Namaqua National Park is a South Africa national park located approximately 495 km north of Cape Town and 22 km northwest of Kamieskroon. It has an area of over 1300 km2. The park is part of Namaqualand, covering an area of 55,000 km2 located within the semi-desert Succulent Karoo biome. This biome is a biodiversity hotspot consisting of the largest concentration of succulent plants in the world. The park has an arid environment with succulent plants. The park was created to take care of its flowers. During the spring, wildflowers flourish there in an spectacular fashion. The Namaqua park’s main tourist attraction is this abundant spring bloom of brightly coloured wildflowers.
The reserve does not offer a wealth of activities for those visiting for a longer stay, however; that is essentially the point, as it allows one time to relax and soak up the beautiful surroundings, lazing in a sun lounger, reading a book or taking a languid stroll through the reserve. There are a number of walking and mountain biking trails in the reserve and bikes are available for hire from the park-run reception. There are also a number of park-run picnic sites where a few hours can be spent enjoying the natural surroundings and a picnic lunch.
The main accommodation for the reserve is the Skilpad (tortoise) Rest Camp that provides 4 well equipped and well maintained chalets each sleeping 2 -3 people. Luiperdskloof (leopard’s ridge) Guest Cottage has 3 bedrooms, sleeps 4 people and is available for those heading out on the 4X4 trail.
For only a few weeks during the flower season cars and buses full of tourists frequent the nature reserve bringing large numbers of people to view the magnificent display of colourful flowers. Outside of flower season the nature reserve is an ideal location for nature lovers, hikers, photographers and mountain bikers. Weekend visitors will find the nature reserve the perfect place to spend a few days resting and relaxing, taking in their surroundings and enjoying the sense of peace and tranquillity found here.
There are no fuel supplies within the reserve and the closest location to refuel is Springbok, 87 kilometres (54 miles) from the park. Visitors, especially those exploring the 4X4 routes are advised to refuel prior to entering the nature reserve. There are only limited ablution facilities in the nature park, located near to the entrance gate. Tourists are asked to please not pick the flowers or remove any of the plants in the reserve.