NAMAKWA REGION, NORTHERN CAPE
The Namakwa region in the Northern Cape Province is known for its wildflowers, including many rare and endangered species, that bloom each spring.
The region is also known for its mystical sunsets, red Kalahari sand dunes, and uncluttered horizons, as well as its wildlife, including raptors, vultures,
owls,springbok, gemsbok, and black-maned lion.
Namakwa is a region that offers a variety of activities for visitors. Here are some of the top things to do in the region:
Namaqualand is a beautiful region in South Africa that is renowned for its stunning wildflower displays. Visitors can explore the region’s diverse landscapes,
from white-sand beaches to fields of flowers, and enjoy a variety of activities such as hiking, biking, and cultural tours.
The Namaqua National Park is a great place to start exploring the region, as it is a biodiversity hotspot with over 1,000 types of flowers found nowhere else
on Earth. The Goegap Nature Reserve is also a great spot to see the flowers, located 15 kilometers southeast of Springbok and covering 15,000 hectares
of land. Other places to check out include the West Coast National Park in Langebaan and the Namaqualand Eco Walk.
Take a trip to the Quiver Tree Forest
Quiver Tree Forest is a unique and beautiful forest and is home to a variety of trees, including the quiver tree, which is a type of aloe. It is situated on
Gannabos, a private farm, and is open to visitors who wish to experience the extraordinary sight. The quiver tree is a stout tree, growing up to nine meters
high with a smooth trunk that can be up to one meter in diameter at ground level. The leaves are greyish-green and the flowers are bright yellow. The
name dichotomum refers to the forked branches of the plant. The Quiver Tree Forest gives visitors a sense of solitude and tranquillity, which is
complemented by the warmth and hospitality of the locals.
Visit the Goegap Nature Reserve
Goegap Nature Reserve is a great place to explore the natural beauty of the region. It is home to a variety of wildlife and plants, making it a great place
to explore. The 7,000-hectare nature reserve is located east of Springbok in the Northern Cape and is home to 600 different indigenous plant species, 45
mammal species, and 94 bird species. The reserve is characterized by granite domes and peaks, as well as sandy plains where springbuck, gemsbok,
and Hantam’s Zebra can be found. The reserve offers a variety of activities, including self-drive tours, hiking, and bird watching.
Take part in the Namaqualand Cultural Tour
The Namaqualand Cultural Tour is a full-day tour that takes visitors off the beaten track to explore the jewels of Namaqualand, including the quiver
tree forest and the traditional activities of the Nama people. Visitors can experience activities such as grinding grain on a millstone with oom Koos,
making roosterkoek in a cooking shelter with auntie Lyza, and listening to oom Bampie plays a homemade violin. The tour is a great way to learn
more about the culture of the region.