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Skilpad Nature Reserve

Skilpad Nature Reserve

Skilpad Nature Reserve

The Skilpad Nature Reserve or rather Wildflower Reserve has become well known for some of the best wildflower venues in Namaqualand. The reserve is  1000ha in size and located west of Kamieskroon. The wild flowers of Namaqualand attract visitors from all over the world.

There is a higher precipitation in this area, due to its proximity to the coast. This results in more moisture or mist from the coast. The perfect life for the wildflowers and succulents of Namaqualand. The mountainous Kamiesberg area east of Kamieskroon is also superb for mountain biking. The name ‘skilpad’ means tortoise. The reserve is home to the world’s smallest tortoise, ‘ the Namaqua speckled padloper’.

Skilpad Nature Reserve is home to the largest diversity of succulent plants in the world. You will find a great variety of insects living symbiotically with the plants. Skilpad Nature Reserve forms part of the newly proclaimed Namaqua National Park. The reserve offers self-catering units for visitors.

Skilpad Rest Camp Accommodation. 

  • The camp provides four chalets
  • Each with two single beds in the bedroom and a ¾-sleeper couch
  • It is suitable for one adult or two children
  • It has been designed as open plan living room and kitchen
  • A dining area is available on the enclosed veranda and an indoor fireplace
  • There is an outside braai area
  • The units come equipped with ceiling fans and 220V electricity
  • One unit (3) has been adapted for use by guests with challenged mobility
  • The kitchen is fully equipped with crockery and cutlery and cooking utensils
  • You have a  4-plate stove, microwave, fridge /freezer combo, kettle, and toaster

Liuperdskloog Guest Cottage

  • This exclusive unit is accessible with 4×4 vehicles only
  • There is no electricity
  • Gas oven and oil lanterns, candles with no fridge/freezer facilities
  • There are three bedrooms
  • Nne bedroom with a double bed
  • Two bedrooms with two 3/4 beds each
  • It offers one bathroom with a shower, toilet, and washbasin
  • There is a fireplace in the lounge and a braai area outside
  • Guests must provide their firewood
  • No shop, restaurant or filling station available in the Park
  • Limited cell phone reception at the cottage
  • Check-in time no later than 14:00
  • From the Park’s office, it is a 2-3 hour drive to the cottage
  • Please contact the Park directly for special requests or other queries
  • Short hiking trails and picnic sites are for the exclusive use of residents
    Please note: Luiperdskloof can only be booked directly via the Park, at (02)7 672 1948

This is the perfect retreat for all nature lovers, hikers, birders and travellers seeking the road less travelled

What sets Skilpad Nature Reserve Apart? 

  • The Namaqua wildflower beds
  • Smallest Tortoise
  • Granite intrusions
  • Quartz deposits
  • Klipspringer, Steenbok and Duiker antelopes
  • Jackal Buzzard, Goshawks and Black Eagles
  • Hiking Trails
  • Mountain Bike Trails
  • 4×4 routes
  • Excellent Birding
  • Karoo semi-desert vegetation
  • Rock formations

Suggested information on Skilpad Nature Reserve.

Skilpad Walking Trails

The Caracal 4×4 Eco Route

Tariff Information on Skilpad and Namaqua Park

We do recommend that you take your sweet time from The Growcery Camp and explore the Skilpad Nature Reserve. Visit the Growcery Camp and join us on an unforgettable five day Namaqua and West Coast 4×4 safari adventure.

Skilpad Nature Reserve and Namaqua National Park information. 


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