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Namaqua National Park

Afrikaans name: Namaqua Nasionale Park

Rugged scenery

Namaqua National Park

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Northern Cape

The Namaqua National Park was founded to protect the rich diversity of plants that are found in the area. In face, it has the biggest concentration of succulents in the world. It is also covered in flowers when the wildflowers bloom in spring. Normally the best months to visit are in August and September.

It covers an area of 700 square kilometres and is located near the town of Kamieskroon. The area is semi-arid and has hot summers and cold winters.

There is not much too see in the way of animal life but the Namaqua National Park is home to the Speckled Padloper which is the smallest species of tortoise in the world.

The Namaqua National Park does not have much in the way of facilities for visitors. There is a limited road network and two short trails to walk. There is also a picnic site. A few chalets are available for overnight visitors.

Information centre

Information centre

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Information centre in Namaqua National Park

Namaqua National Park information centre

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Stunning countryside

Beautiful carpet of flowers

Photo © Johan van Zyl



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