is world renowned for its annual colourburst of wild flowers which
comes to life in Spring. In addition, a rich diversity of succulent
plants with an estimated 3 500 species, more than 1000 endemic to
the area may be viewed throughout the year.
falls within the winter rainfall region of South Africa. The Skilpad
region receives an average annual rainfall of 340mm which falls
mainly between June to August. Temperatures are extreme and average
7°c in the winter months to and average of 32°c in summer.
It is not an uncommon sight to see snow on the Kammiesberg in winter
and to experience a blistering 42°c in summer. A true region
of contrast - in more ways than one!
Skilpad sector of the region forms part of the greater Namaqua National
Park. This is situated in the Hardeveld otherwise known as the Namaqualand
Klipkoppe. The Namaqualand Klipkoppe are made up of a fragmented
chain of mountains measuring approximately 50kms in width. The chain
separates the low-lying Sandveld to the west and the Bushmanland
plateau to the east.
to the topography of the area are the characteristic large flat
or round granite outcrops surrounded by sandy alluvial valleys.
Skilpad Wild Flower Reserve is open to all during the spring FLOWER
SEASON from 08H00 to 17H00 - an entrance fee is payable. Please
check with reception to get the latest entrance fees.
Goegap Nature Reserve with its granite peaks and sandy plains are
dominated by Carolusberg, the highest point in the area. Goegap's
wild flower garden contains an enormous collection of succulents
endemic to the area. A visit to the Goegap Reserve will make a lasting
impression with the spectacular annual display of wild flowers in
to the reserve may take advantage of 3 hour guided tours in an open
truck, which are conducted seasonally. In this way tourists have
a bird's eye view of this floral marvel. Besides the unbelievable
number of floral species, Goegap boasts a recorded 45 mammalian
species including springbok, gemsbok, the endangered Hartman's Zebra
and the aardwolf amongst several others.
lovers will enjoy the more than 92 recorded species manifested and
to be viewed in the park including ostriches, black eagles, spotted
dikkops and ground woodpeckers.
for guided tours are essential and may be made with the Goegap Reserve
Management. The reserve is open from 08H00 to 16H30 all year round.
An entrance fee is payable at the gate.