Namaqualand, Northern Cape

Northern Cape Tourist Attractions

Namaqualand, Northern Cape

Namaqualand, Northern Cape
Namaqualand, Northern Cape

Once you've booked your hotel or Namaqualand accommodation explore our destination pages below for info on attractions, events and what to do in the Namaqualand Region.

Regarded as a portion of the Succulent Karoo, Namakwa (Namaqualand) forms part of the only arid hotspot in the world; is regarded as a biodiversity hotspot, and as such boasts the richest succulent flora on Earth. It extends from the Atlantic Ocean on the west coast, to the little town of Pofadder in the east, to the Orange River in the north, south to Garies, and includes the Hantam Karoo, along the southern border of the Northern Cape.

The Namaqualand region of the Northern Cape is imbued with the story of the Namaqualand daisies; a brimming over of fertile flowers that transform the almost lifeless Namakwa into an exquisite floral display of beauty during spring. One for which people are more than willing to enter the hinterland of South Africa’s Northern Cape, to discover that the unspoilt vastness of Namaqualand and Hantam Karoo, which make up Namakwa, is far more than an area of sweltering extremes and dry earth under unforgiving skies.

Flowers in Namaqualand, Northern Cape
Spring flowers Namaqualand, Northern Cape
Namakwa is indeed a thirsty earth, but one that is fascinating to travel. For visitors the explosion of wild flowers along the flower route from Springbok’s Goegap Nature Reserve to Kamieskroon’s Skilpad Wild Flower Reserve, is a phenomenon that combines incredible landscapes through remote little towns, like Pofadder, the Richtersveld National Park, the Hester Malan Wild Flower Garden, and the Namaqua National Park. The narrow window between July and September, in which the Namkwa casts off its dowdy desert cloak to transform its barrenness, relies heavily on good rainfall just before spring.

But then the Namakwa is not its flowers alone. Little historic towns that include quaint names like Kamieskroon, Aggeneys, Garies and Nieuwoudtville, are as much a part of the landscape as the incredible flora.


Destinations / Town & Suburbs of Namakwa

Alexander Bay

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Alexander Bay

Alluvial diamonds are mined in Alexander Bay and, as this a high security area, access is limited to permit-holders. The mine offers tours on Thursdays, starting at 08:00. Booking is essential and should be arranged 24 ... Alexander Bay information


Where to Stay: Accommodation in Garies

To describe Garies as in the middle of nowhere does not do any damage to the reputation of the town (for those who stay here, particularly during the spring flower revolution, will come anyway). The average person ... Garies information


Where to Stay: Eksteenfontein

Eksteenfontein lies on the southern verge of the Richtersveld World Heritage Site, west of Nababeep, in the north western reaches of the Northern Cape. It is one of three little settlements within the Richtersveld Community Conservancy... Eksteenfontein information

Hondeklip Bay

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Hondeklip Bay

Enjoy the ultimate in untouched peace and tranquillity when you visit the little village of Hondeklip Bay. This coastal town, (also spelt Honeklipbaai) is secluded on the Northern Cape shoreline, in the picturesque Namakwa District of... Garies information


Where to Stay: Accommodation in Kamieskroon

Kamieskroon is a thriving agricultural centre surrounded by the granite Kamiesberg Mountains. The village is renowned for the variety and wealth of its wild flowers which bloom in spring. There are excellent hiking ... Kamieskroon information


Where to Stay: Kleinzee Accommodation

Set on the coast, Kleinzee (sometimes referred to as Kleinsee) was a diamond mining town. Tourists visited as part of the diamond route. Until De Beers closed their mining operations. By the end of 2011 the 370 houses in Kleinzee ... Kleinzee information

McDougalls Bay

Where to Stay: McDougalls Bay Accommodation

The village is one of the last seaside hamlets to succumb to modernisation and now even the once-tired local holiday shacks have all been gentrified. McDougall's manages, probably because of its location far enough from... McDougalls Bay information


Where to Stay: Nababeep Accommodation

Founded in 1860 by the Cape Copper Company, Nababeep today uses modern copper mining and smelting methods which may be viewed. At the Mining Museum, the history of Namaqualand's mining era is well illustrated by relics ... Nababeep information


Where to Stay: Accommodation in Okiep

Okiep, originally called O’okiep (meaning large brackish area), has a total area of 38.6 square kilometres and a local population of about 6 500 people. The vast majority of its residents are Afrikaans speaking. Because of its... Okiep information


Where to Stay: Accommodation in Pofadder

The very little town of Pofadder lies surrounded by rugged, sparsely populated and very scenic countryside. Here locals make their money from sheep or goats farming, and there seems little more to entice you to visit ... Pofadder information

Port Nolloth

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Port Nolloth

The village of Port Nolloth was established in the 1850's as a copper port. Ore was brought to Port Nolloth by rail for shipment overseas until well into the 20th century, but the harbour's narrow, shallow entrance was ... Port Nolloth information


Where to Stay: Accommodation in Springbok

The pretty town of Springbok is found in the heart of the Namaqualand within spitting distance of other typical Namaqualand towns like Alexander Bay, Pofadder, Garies, Kleinzee and Port Nolloth, 570 kilometres north of ... Springbok information


Where to Stay: Accommodation in Vioolsdrift

Springbok might be regarded as the last major town en route to Namibia from Cape Town but the little town of Vioolsdrift serves as a border post that lies virtually on the border with Namibia, on the south bank of the ... Vioolsdrift information


Where to Stay: Accommodation in Verneukpan

Imagine, if you will, a place that is bone dry. Bone dry and very, very flat. And as far as the eye can see it remains flat – not a tree, a building or a hill in sight. Although you will see the odd fence because, believe it... Verneukpan information


Featured and "Must See" Attractions in Namakwa

Goegap Nature Reserve

The Goegap Nature Reserve with its granite peaks and sandy plains are dominated by Carolusberg, the highest point in the area. Goegap's wild flower garden contains an enormous collection of succulents endemic to the area. A visit to the Goegap Nature Reserve will make a lasting impression with the ... more information

Namaqua National Park

Say Namaqua National Park and people immediately think carpets of spring wild flowers. And they would not be wrong - Namaqualand not only has some of the richest bulb flora of any arid region in the world, but more than a 1 000 of its approximate 3 500 plant species are not found... more information

Namaqualand Flower Route

The spring wild flowers are a phenomenon that never ceases to amaze and delight, even for those who live in what is considered South Africa's "outback" – Namaqualand. What at first glance appears to be a wilderness of semi-desert, is suddenly transformed, as if by a painter with a manic palette, into a pageant ... more information

Richtersveld National Park

The Richtersveld is a unique mountain desert wilderness of great beauty, tucked in the far north-western corner of the Northern Cape in South Africa. Within this wilderness lies the incredible Richtersveld National Park. Proclaimed in 1991 after 18 years of negotiation between the National Park Board and the local ... more information

Skilpad Wildflower Reserve

The Skilpad Wildflower Reserve was established by the WWF in 1988 to raise awareness of the floral kingdom of the Namaqualand. Mainly shrubland and abandoned wheat fields, it may not look like much. But an incredible display of Namaqualand daisies errupts here annually ... more information


Featured Things To Do in Namakwa

Fly-fish on the Orange River

Where: Richtersveld National Park
How much (per person): On Request

The primitive desire of man to hunt accompanied by the barren desert day scenery, nights under the canopy of the unwished stars, the rush of ... more information

Rafting Trips on the Orange River

Where: Vioolsdrift
How much (per person): On Request

This unique tours starts from Aquacade at Vioolsdrift on the banks of the Orange River. The 2-man inflatable rafts are easy to control and a ... more information

Visit Skilpad Wild Flower Reserve

Where: Namakwaland
How much (per person): On Request

The Skilpad Wild Flower Reserve is renowned as one of the prime locations for the annual spring flower displays in Namakwaland from August t ... more information


Holiday Accommodation in Namakwa

For accommodation in Namakwa see:
Port Nolloth accommodationSpringbok accommodationVioolsdrift accommodation

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