Skilpad Restcamp - Namaqua National Park| safari.com

Overview

Situated approximately 22km Northwest of Kamieskroon, in the heart of Namaqualand, is the 700km² Namaqua National Park. Gorgeous valleys are illuminated with blankets of vivid flowers, famous internationally for their sheer striking beauty. These spring time blooms are sought after the world over, with more than 1 000 of the 3 500 plant species being entirely unique to this South African National Park.

Arid for most of the year, the semi-desert area of Namaqua Park comes alive after the spring rainfall in September, as millions of indigenous flowers transform the landscape completely in a display that can only be described as a wonder of nature. Under a sky so vast, the area has been nicknamed ‘big sky country’ - rocky outcrops of granite and quartz are set alongside the quiver trees that emerge from this colourful tapestry of flowers. Birds like the Black-shouldered Kite, African Harrier Hawk, and Lanner Falcon circle on thermals high above the ground, while the world’s smallest tortoise - the Namaqua Speckled Padloper – creeps along below.

One of the most unusual landscapes in southern Africa, the area extends eastward from the Atlantic Ocean to Pofadder, bordered by the Orange River to the north and by Garies in the south. Unlike the Big Five bushveld towards the east, Namaqua Park is the habitat for rare and curious animals whose unique appearance and behaviour matches the extraordinary beauty of the region. The array of small and interesting mammals includes various moles, shrews, bats and mice, which are hunted by the slight and graceful predators of the area - the bat eared fox, cape fox, aardwolf, African wild cat, suricat and caracal.

An area of astounding transformation and unequalled character, the star-studded night skies, blossoming plains and granite outcrops that sculpt the landscapes of this area make the Namaqua National Park an unforgettable African experience.

Accommodation

It provides 4 chalets, each with 2 single beds in the bedroom and a ¾-sleeper couch (suitable for 1 adult or 2 children) in the open plan living room / kitchen. A dining area is available on the enclosed veranda and an indoor fireplace and an outside braai area is also provided.

The units come equipped with ceiling fans and 220V electricity.

One unit (#3) has been adapted for use by guests with challenged mobility.  

The kitchen is fully equipped with crockery and cutlery, cooking utensils, glassware, a 4-plate stove, microwave, fridge / freezer combo, kettle and toaster.

Important Information

Vehicle fuel and ATM facilities are available in the nearby town Springbok (87km away)- not in the park itself. Vehicle repairs, post office and police services are available at Kamieskroon. Medical services only in Springbok, which is 67 km away.

Gate Hours: 08:00 - 17:00

Directions

From Cape Town:

Take the N7 north to Garies (430km).

At Garies, turn left to Groen River. Follow the gravel road to Groen river (73km).

At Groen River you will enter the park at the sign ‘Namaqua National Park- Coastal Section’ to your right. To enter, open and close the gate again.

The office is approx 500m from the gate. From the office it is 1km along the coast to the Namaqua Flowers Beach Camp.

From Upington:

Take the N14 to Springbok (400km).

Take the N7 south to Garies (120km).

At Garies, turn right to Groen River. Follow the gravel road to Groen river (73km).

At Groen River you will enter the park at the sign ‘Namaqua National Park- Coastal Section’ to your right. To enter, open and close the gate again.

The office is approx 500m from the gate. From the office it is 1km along the coast to the Namaqua Flowers Beach Camp.

From Skilpad:

Skilpad is the parks’ main office and lies 20km from the town of Kamieskroon (which lies on the N7).

From Skilpad there is a 4x4 track going down to the coast. It is essential to obtain the Caracal Ecotrail Booklet at the office for directions. This route can take 4-6 hours down to the Beach Camp (strictly 4x4 only!) 

Reviews


Nice n Cosy.

Glenda Bezuidenhout

Wonderful! We will most definitely visit the park again, but this time in the 'flower season'.It is advisable to use the access road from the N7 road between Kammieskroon and Springbok.

Johan de Klerk

A little gem that we will visit again and tell all our friends about it.

Martin

We wanted a place to overnight on our way to Cape Town, not expecting such a well equipped and comfortable chalet. It's a shame we could not stay longer and explore the park. Definitely a next time.

Chris Brand

It was wonderful.

Hannelie Joubert

Very very good.

William Scadden

We enjoyed a magical 2 days at Namaqua Reserve. The cottage was home from home, well equipped and comfortable and the staff were friendly and helpful. The wildflowers were out and an extra bonus was frequent sightings of the buck in the reserve, all looking sleek and well fed. We saw springbok, red Hartebeest and Gemsbok. We were sorry to leave and would have liked to stay a week. The only problem is the appalling state of the access road from Kamieskroon to the reserve which shook our car to pieces all the way in and out.

J COLLETT

My husband & I spent one night at Skilpad Rest Camp. It was absolutely fabulous.The word 'rest camp' gives one the impression that its a very basic camp - NOT THE CASE.The chalet was lovely, beautifully clean and crisp. And what a lovely view over the mountains.I'm sure it would be beautiful when the flowers are blooming. Would come back there any time.

June Mackie

My husband & I spent one night at Skilpad Rest Camp. It was absolutely fabulous.The word 'rest camp' gives one the impression that its a very basic camp - NOT THE CASE.The chalet was lovely, beautifully clean and crisp. And what a lovely view over the mountains.I'm sure it would be beautiful when the flowers are blooming. Would come back there any time.

June Mackie

What a lovely place to stay. The chalets are very good, staff friendly and had a wonderful meal at the farm restaurant.

Marlene Deneeghere

Situated approximately 22km Northwest of Kamieskroon, in the heart of Namaqualand, is the 700km² Namaqua National Park. Gorgeous valleys are illuminated with blankets of vivid flowers, famous internationally for their sheer striking beauty. These spring time blooms are sought after the world over, with more than 1 000 of the 3 500 plant species being entirely unique to this South African National Park.

Arid for most of the year, the semi-desert area of Namaqua Park comes alive after the spring rainfall in September, as millions of indigenous flowers transform the landscape completely in a display that can only be described as a wonder of nature. Under a sky so vast, the area has been nicknamed ‘big sky country’ - rocky outcrops of granite and quartz are set alongside the quiver trees that emerge from this colourful tapestry of flowers. Birds like the Black-shouldered Kite, African Harrier Hawk, and Lanner Falcon circle on thermals high above the ground, while the world’s smallest tortoise - the Namaqua Speckled Padloper – creeps along below.

One of the most unusual landscapes in southern Africa, the area extends eastward from the Atlantic Ocean to Pofadder, bordered by the Orange River to the north and by Garies in the south. Unlike the Big Five bushveld towards the east, Namaqua Park is the habitat for rare and curious animals whose unique appearance and behaviour matches the extraordinary beauty of the region. The array of small and interesting mammals includes various moles, shrews, bats and mice, which are hunted by the slight and graceful predators of the area - the bat eared fox, cape fox, aardwolf, African wild cat, suricat and caracal.

An area of astounding transformation and unequalled character, the star-studded night skies, blossoming plains and granite outcrops that sculpt the landscapes of this area make the Namaqua National Park an unforgettable African experience.

It provides 4 chalets, each with 2 single beds in the bedroom and a ¾-sleeper couch (suitable for 1 adult or 2 children) in the open plan living room / kitchen. A dining area is available on the enclosed veranda and an indoor fireplace and an outside braai area is also provided.

The units come equipped with ceiling fans and 220V electricity.

One unit (#3) has been adapted for use by guests with challenged mobility.  

The kitchen is fully equipped with crockery and cutlery, cooking utensils, glassware, a 4-plate stove, microwave, fridge / freezer combo, kettle and toaster.

Vehicle fuel and ATM facilities are available in the nearby town Springbok (87km away)- not in the park itself. Vehicle repairs, post office and police services are available at Kamieskroon. Medical services only in Springbok, which is 67 km away.

Gate Hours: 08:00 - 17:00

From Cape Town:

Take the N7 north to Garies (430km).

At Garies, turn left to Groen River. Follow the gravel road to Groen river (73km).

At Groen River you will enter the park at the sign ‘Namaqua National Park- Coastal Section’ to your right. To enter, open and close the gate again.

The office is approx 500m from the gate. From the office it is 1km along the coast to the Namaqua Flowers Beach Camp.

From Upington:

Take the N14 to Springbok (400km).

Take the N7 south to Garies (120km).

At Garies, turn right to Groen River. Follow the gravel road to Groen river (73km).

At Groen River you will enter the park at the sign ‘Namaqua National Park- Coastal Section’ to your right. To enter, open and close the gate again.

The office is approx 500m from the gate. From the office it is 1km along the coast to the Namaqua Flowers Beach Camp.

From Skilpad:

Skilpad is the parks’ main office and lies 20km from the town of Kamieskroon (which lies on the N7).

From Skilpad there is a 4x4 track going down to the coast. It is essential to obtain the Caracal Ecotrail Booklet at the office for directions. This route can take 4-6 hours down to the Beach Camp (strictly 4x4 only!) 

Nice n Cosy.

Glenda Bezuidenhout

Wonderful! We will most definitely visit the park again, but this time in the 'flower season'.It is advisable to use the access road from the N7 road between Kammieskroon and Springbok.

Johan de Klerk

A little gem that we will visit again and tell all our friends about it.

Martin

We wanted a place to overnight on our way to Cape Town, not expecting such a well equipped and comfortable chalet. It's a shame we could not stay longer and explore the park. Definitely a next time.

Chris Brand

It was wonderful.

Hannelie Joubert

Very very good.

William Scadden

We enjoyed a magical 2 days at Namaqua Reserve. The cottage was home from home, well equipped and comfortable and the staff were friendly and helpful. The wildflowers were out and an extra bonus was frequent sightings of the buck in the reserve, all looking sleek and well fed. We saw springbok, red Hartebeest and Gemsbok. We were sorry to leave and would have liked to stay a week. The only problem is the appalling state of the access road from Kamieskroon to the reserve which shook our car to pieces all the way in and out.

J COLLETT

My husband & I spent one night at Skilpad Rest Camp. It was absolutely fabulous.The word 'rest camp' gives one the impression that its a very basic camp - NOT THE CASE.The chalet was lovely, beautifully clean and crisp. And what a lovely view over the mountains.I'm sure it would be beautiful when the flowers are blooming. Would come back there any time.

June Mackie

My husband & I spent one night at Skilpad Rest Camp. It was absolutely fabulous.The word 'rest camp' gives one the impression that its a very basic camp - NOT THE CASE.The chalet was lovely, beautifully clean and crisp. And what a lovely view over the mountains.I'm sure it would be beautiful when the flowers are blooming. Would come back there any time.

June Mackie

What a lovely place to stay. The chalets are very good, staff friendly and had a wonderful meal at the farm restaurant.

Marlene Deneeghere

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