The Namaqua National Park lies within a vast landscape, 495 kilometres from Cape Town, and close to the little town of Kamieskroon, just off the N7 route to Namibia.
The park was proclaimed on 29 June 2002 for the purpose of conserving the rich diversity of succulent plants.
Its current size of 141,000ha (including the coastal contract area between the Groen and Spoeg rivers) in nine years, thus expanding the park to include more succulent habitats and an important coastal section.
The park is a wildflower paradise, during the months of August and September. The Coastal 4 x 4 route is a unique drive along some of the most pristine beaches in South Africa.
Namaqualand is an area of striking contrasts and a harsh climate that has meant that flora and fauna have had to adapt or die.
Throughout the year, enjoy walking amongst the richest bulb flora of any arid region worldwide on the 5km circular Skilpad footpath or explore the park by mountain bike or 4×4. With 3500 plant species (1000 of which are found nowhere else on earth) there is much to appreciate in this rich floral kingdom. Animals found in the park include the shy and elusive leopard, caracal as well as springbuck, porcupine, baboon and jackal. The Namaqua Speckled Padloper, the world’s smallest tortoise - can be found in the park. Seals and other sea creatures that pass through the marine reserve section of the park visitors to enjoy another aspect of Namaqua