Namaqualand, Northern Cape
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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.
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
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: 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
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: 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
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: 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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