Namaqua National Park
Namaqua National Park
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Emarie B
Paarl, South Africa683 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
We were six adults and we camped for six nights at Skuinsbaai Noord. "Camping is not for sissies...". We experienced four seasons in one day, 55 km winds and "Bushman flies" and "Sandvlooie". And experienced absolutely magnificent sunsets and marine life. You have to take all supplies, and be prepared to be flexible and adaptable. It is a fantastic remote destination. Despite all the challenges, we will be back.
Written December 22, 2021
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Johan B
Durbanville, South Africa2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
We camped at Groenrivier site from 24 - 27 September. The reception we had at Groenrivier gate was excellent. Everyone was friendly, full of energy and was of service. On our way from Durbanville to Groenrivier we were called to enquire if we are on our way. On arrival we were met at the vehicles. They made us feel special. Thank you!!
Written September 30, 2020
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Sarah
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We were involved in a motor vehicle accident near Groenrivier camp on Saturday afternoon. Although it was after hours, the staff went above and beyond the call of duty to help us. Tim and Terry gave up their entire evening to wait with us by the road, helped us book a taxi home, and dropped us off the next day. I don't know what we would have done without them: their kindness was truly inspiring, and a real blessing. The park itself is extremely beautiful, but it is the staff that make it something special. So from the bottom of our hearts, a huge thank you!
Written August 16, 2021
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ritaSouthAfrica
south africa243 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Couples
Namaqua National Park is probably best known for the famous flowers that the west coast boasts after good winter rains in the region. However, there is much more to this lovely Park than the floral carpets in winter.
The Coastal camps, as they are known, consists of a number of camping sites between the Spoeg River mouth and the Groen River mouth. These camps are probably the most pristine sites in the world, as you have the whole coastal area to yourself, with no human trace except the 2-spoor track leading to the camps and along the beaches. It is total unspoilt wilderness beauty! Luckily almost no mining was done within the park's boundries, as is not the case to areas north and south of it. Those areas are unforunately spoilt by mining activities that took place in the past and were never rehabilitated.
We spent 4 nights camping in early December and saw no other humans!! How is that for having pristine beaches to yourself? Apparently it is quiet through the year, but fully booked over Christmas, New Year and Easter.
There are 9 camping areas, each with various sites to choose from. Each site has a stone wall as shelter against the prevailing south-westerly winds as well as a braai pit. Each camp has at least one, but some have more, eco-toilet. Having utilised many such latrines in Africa, these are definately the best we have seen. They have no odour and are kept extremly clean.
Only one camp has water, Delwers Camp. The water is too salty to drink, so you have to bring your own, or fetch at the entrance gate at Groen River. There is no electricity either, so solar power, gas etc needs to be brought along.
The 9 camps are: Boulder Bay, Bamboes camp, Koringkorrel Bay, Suinsklip North, Khwass, Skuinsklip, Varswater, Delwers camp and Groen River Mouth.
If you really want an unbeatable nature experience, along unspoilt beaches where hunderds of dolphins swim freely and Cape Fur seals bathe in the surf, these coastal camps are right at the top of the list. We even saw plenty of game as we entered the northen, unmanned gate close to Hondeklip Bay. Permits for fishing may be obtained at the entrance gate as well.
This is total paradise!!!!
Some tracks through the dune areas are very sandy, so a 4x4-vehicle is required.
Written January 5, 2016
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Charl D
Johannesburg, South Africa145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011 • Couples
We stayed over in the Namaqua National Park for six days in December 2011, at the Sklipad chalets. There's not much to do, but that's the point - for us it was six days of reading, relaxing, and going for afternoon walks. The chalets are comfortable, well equipped and set quite far apart. In the immediate vicinity you'll spot springbok, hartebeest, klipspringer and other antelopes, and a wide variety of smaller animals. It's a colourful wonderland in flower season during September (we went there on a previous visit during that time of year) but of course more busy. HIghly recommended for a few days' getaway from the hustle and bustle.
Written January 1, 2012
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Albena W
Cape Town Central, South Africa42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2011 • Couples
This was our first visit to Namaqua National Park, and although it was not during the Flowering Season, it was still very impressive. We stayed at the Skilpad Rest camp. Our chalet was spacious, clean and well-equipped. The views were breathtaking - waves of blue and grey mountains, softly rolling away to a hazy horizon... At the time of our visit, there was a small restaurant (close to the Skilpad Office), offering breakfast and hot/cold drinks.
Written October 17, 2011
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Johanniev
Stilbaai, South Africa215 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
We camped here in the middle of winter and what a great experience. We camped at Delwerskamp near Groenrivier entrance. The campsite is next to the roaring oceans, the braai area enclosed for the wind and the eco-toilets a comfortable walk from the camp site. Remember to take enough drinking water, wood en blankets in winter. We did some exploring in the rest of the reserve and was amazing! The seal colony is well worth a visit. The caves and bird hide you can only reach by 4x4! Please dont be brave and try your 2 x 4 on that road! ;-) Take the sandy road all the way to Hondeklipbaai for a quick cocktail before you head back.
Written August 29, 2017
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Christien H
Pretoria, South Africa209 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
If you get your timing right in early spring, abundant carpets of yellow and orange indigenous flowers awaits the excited tourist. There is a 5km circle route that can be done by car, bicycle (own / rental) and by foot. If you are lucky there will be some antelope like Springbok and Hartebees. Entry through the Skilpad Gate at the Park is closest to the beautiful wild flowers. Camping and self catering accommodation is available in the Park and at various guest farms around the National Park. I was so privileged to see it in 2014 for the first time. The blooming of the flowers is affected by sunshine - so if it rains the flowers don’t bloom. You can take a longer trip with a 4x4 vehicle to beach camp sites
Written September 1, 2014
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Susanneleroux
George, South Africa35 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
We visited the Namaqua National Park and drove the Skilpad route. There are carpets of orange flowers to the left and right of the road. This is one of the best places to view the phenomena of the flowers. The Skilpad route is not very long so you can spend time in the park under the shade of the big trees or go for a walk. There are two walking trails, Skilpad Walking Trail (4 km) and Korhaan Walking Trail (6 km) Pack a pick nick basket their food service is extremely slow.
Park is open till 18h00. Make accommodation bookings at SANParks.
Written September 9, 2013
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CapeTownMaya
Cape Town13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Couples
Skilpad has 4 extremely well appointed chalets set in the midst of the spring flowers, which are magnificent at this time of year (August). The area surrounding the chalets is quite wooden and remote, with many very interesting birds around. We managed to see the Clapping Lark - a first for us.
It is a truly memorable place.
Written August 6, 2013
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