Original source: yearinthewild.com
So everyone knows that the spring flowers in Namaqua National Park are superb (although I think the flowers in Tankwa Karoo National Park are even better, but that’s another discussion!) I was recently in Namaqua National Park for a few days, and drove down the coastal section of the park. It’s very different to the inland section which, during spring, is covered in kaleidoscopic colours, but in summer the koppies and inland plains are very dry and rather uninteresting for the visitor.
The coastal section however makes for a superb wilderness experience. A series of basic campsites are spread along the 45 km protected coastline. Strandveld fynbos predominates, and when I was there three weeks ago, there were still plenty of flowers.
Coves of pure white beaches are interspersed among rocky shores, where one of the largest Cape fur seal colonies can be found. And if you go during the week… there will be almost NO-ONE ELSE AROUND!! YES!
Of course, it’s much cooler near the coast because the cold Benguela current keeps temperatures down, so be prepared for fog sometimes (especially in summer), as well as some furious cold fronts (in winter). But for most of the time this part of the park is a superb place to chill out.
It’s good to know as well that there are imminent plans to declare a marine protected area offshore of the park. I’ve been told that this area will have some line-fishing exploitation rights, but it will be controlled. On the other hand, I’ve also heard that the government intends to sell licences to oil and gas companies to drill offshore. This is not good news for tuna and other fish because the blasting has disrupted normal fish migration and breeding behaviour. Nothing is ever as simple as it seems, especially when it comes to ecological impacts.