Namaqua National Park is the latest edition to the ever-growing South African National Parks. This is the jewel of Namaqualand and the West Coast of The Northern Cape. People tend to forget that the Northern Cape is home to a very large coastline. The Namaqua National Park covers and area of 700 square kilometres. The Park is one of only two arid Biodiversity Hotspots. It is home to the largest variety of succulents and wildflowers in Southern Africa.
What makes Namaqua National Park a Biodiversity Hotspot?
The Succulent Karoo has approximately 6,356 plant species, 40% (2,542) are endemic. It has been recorded that Namaqualand has 3000 species and (1,500 are endemic) made up of 648 genera and 107 families.
Namaqualand is further distinguished from other desert regions by the presence of the following families: Mesembryanthemaceae (vygies); Iridaceae (irids); Hyacinthaceae (lachenalias) and Crassulaceae (crassulas). There is a strong pattern of dominance by succulents and bulbs.
The Namaqua National Park is a wildflower paradise, during the months of August and September. The Coastal 4 x 4 route is a unique drive along some of the most pristine beaches in South Africa.
Take the slow road north towards The Growcery Camp and visit the Namaqua National Park. This Coastal Park is the start of the Diamond Route Safari Trail. Take your four wheel drive, pack the camping gear and disappear in Namaqualand this season. There are wide open spaces and gravel roads for you to explore. You will find friendly faces and small fishing villages. No traffic lights and no cell phone reception, the prefect place to relax is in Namaqua National Park. There are also no traffic cops and most definitely no parking attendants. It is time to escape into the wild and explore Namaqua National Park on your next visit to The Growcery Camp.