Namaqua Game Reserves
You could spend a year in Kleinzee and Koingnaas and still not have time to visit every game and nature reserve Kleinzee and Koingnaas has to offer. Conservation is a big contributor to eco-tourism business in Kleinzee and Koingnaas and besides Kleinzee and Koingnaas’s many National Parks, there is a wealth of private game and nature reserves that offer everything from exclusive luxury game lodge experiences to bush safari camps for the whole family. There are also many smaller nature reserves and private game parks, hunting lodges, reserves that preserve incredible natural beauty as much as the flora and fauna – and a few ‘mega-reserve’ initiatives that cover huge areas of Kleinzee and Koingnaas and offer many outdoors activities.
- Molyneux Nature Reserve: This small reserve in the Kleinzee area is the size of approximately eight rugby fields, but is home to more than 132 species of indigenous plants, including a multitude of tiny succulents.The Buffels River ‘flows’ through Kleinsee, but most of the time it is just a dry riverbed and the river only flows approximately every ten years.
- Namaqua National Park: Butterflies hover, birds dart and bees shimmy and dance over the springtime flowers of Namaqua. A multiplicity of colour weaves across the valley floor and spills over to the sandy coastline of the parks ‘Groenspoeg’ corridor. This is what you’ll find in the Namaqua National Park during early August and September. Throughout the year, enjoy walking amongst the richest bulb flora of any arid region worldwide on the 5km circular Skilpad footpath or explore the park by mountain bike or 4×4. With 3500 plant species (1000 of which are found nowhere else on earth) there is much to appreciate in this rich floral kingdom. Animals found in the park include the shy and elusive leopard caracal as well as springbuck, porcupine, baboon and jackal. Seals and other sea creatures that pass through the marine reserve section of the park visitors to enjoy another aspect of Namaqua. A pair of Booted eagles that nest in the tall trees opposite the reception area each year, will delight birders, not to mention the many other species to be spotted, such as, the Jackal Buzzard, Pale Chanting Goshawk, Cinnamon-breasted Warbler and Karoo Lark to name but a few.
- Goagap Nature Reserve: This 7 000 hectare nature reserve, just east of Springbok, supports 600 different indigenous plant species, 45 mammal species and 94 bird species. The characteristic granite domes and peaks of the region contrast with the sandy plains, where springbuck, gemsbok and Hantam’s Zebra forage.Bird enthusiasts can look forward to spotting the Cape Eagle Owl, Black Eagle, Booted Eagle, Ludwig’s Bustard, White-backed Mousebird, Karoo Eremomela and the Dusky Sunbird to name but a few. The Hester Malan Wild Flower Garden within the reserve showcases many Namakwa succulents and features a rock garden. This succulent garden is also the starting point to a 17-km tourist loop, which one can drive to explore a cross section of the reserve’s habitats. There are also 4×4 routes for exploring further afield. Between August and September the region bursts into a display of floral grandeur. The reserve is open from 08:00 to 16:30 all year round. An entrance fee is payable at the gate.
- Skilpad Nature Reserve: Escape to the land of contrasts, where every turn paints breathtaking pictures. A visit to the Skilpad Nature Reserve (situated near Kamieskroon in the Northern Cape Province) during 1 August to 15 September 2015 will result in an unforgettable experience. With its winter rainfall, Namaqualand is home to the richest bulb flora of any arid region in the world and more than a 1 000 of its estimated 3 500 plant species are found nowhere else on earth. Whilst the camp can be reached with a normal sedan, your experience in the park will be greatly enhanced with a 4×4 vehicle, as access to the central and northern areas of the park is only possible with a 4×4 vehicle.
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