Namaqua National Park Hot

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Endless fields of orange and yellow namaqualand daisies, gazanias and pale blue or purple dainty flowers is what brings local and international tourists to the Namaqualand National Park in springtime.

The park is still in its development phase with limited facilities at present but these include the coastal 4x4 trail and the Caracal Eco-route. A Picnic area with braai facilities is available and mountain bikes may be hired. Four self catering cottages may be booked.

The Namaqua National Park lies in the heart of the succulent Karoo and is home to 134 vegetation types of which about 40% are endemic. Gradient changes from the coastline through to rolling hills.

Photography

Best Time to Photograph
Flowers are best photographed during mid-morning when they have properly opened and before any wind has started.
Type of Photography
  • Landscape
  • Birds
  • Flower
Best Time of Year
Spring
Photographic Tips
The flowers can be good anytime between July through to September.
Off camera fill flash is usefull for photographing flowers during the midday sun.
A white reflector can also be used to fill in some of the shadows.
Always take note of the direction of the sun while driving as you can miss flowers that are facing away from you.
Recommended Gear
A tripod that can open very wide so as to give a low perspective is best for floral photography. Macro lenses are worthwhile for photographing the wide variety of insects that are attracted to the flowers.

Highlights

Site Highlights
Diversity of flowering plants and habitats.
Spring wild flower bloom.

Footnotes

Season and Weather
The climate is temperate with low winter rainfall, mild days and coastal winds. Evenings can be cold. Sunblock and warm clothing are both essentials. The best time to view the flowers is during the months of July to September.
Other Activities
  • Bird Watching
  • Mountain Biking
  • Game Viewing
  • 4x4 Eco-adventure Trails
  • Flowers

Location

Closest Town
Getting There
The park lies 21kms west of Kamieskroon on the N7 north of Cape Town.
Address
Kamieskroon

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Arne Purves
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About
Arne's passion for the environment, wildlife and conservation was instilled from an early age, leading to a career in nature conservation, first as a game ranger in the Natal Parks Board, a conservation officer with CapeNature and today in the City of Cape Town's Environmental Compliance Department. Photography is his creative medium of choice.