Namaqualand & Kalahari
Why visit the Namaqualand and the Kalahari?
In their own diverse but equally beautiful ways, Namaqualand and the Kalahari are a paradise for lovers of botany, birding, hiking and nature watching in general.
Reasons to visit the Namaqualand and the Kalahari include:
- Explore the vast savannah of the Kalahari, with its native plantlife such as acacia trees, thorny shrubs, herbs and grasses.
- Take a game drive in one of the Kalahari reserves, and look for hyenas, the legendary black-maned lions, plus meerkats, giraffe and many species of birds and reptiles.
- Learn about the life of the San Bushmen who have lived in the Kalahari for 20,000 years.
- Enjoy the spectacular flowers of Namaqualand, which is awash with colour during the ”˜daisy season’which is usually August to September.
- Enjoy the glorious flora of Goegap Nature Reserve and Namaqualand National Park, or the animal and birdlife of Richterveld National Park (a World Heritage Site).
- Go hiking and mountain biking or visit some of Namaqualand’s historic towns or copper sites at Nababeep or Okiep.
When to visit Namaqualand and the Kalahari?
The best time for flowers in the Namaqualand is the spring, particularly August and September, but this region is good to visit all year with or without the flowers. Winter can be very cold at night in the Kalahari and the summer days extremely hot.
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facts and information
Time: GMT +2 hours
There are daily flights from Europe to Johannesburg (about 10 ½ hours direct) and Cape Town (about 11 hours). There is also a good network of domestic flights connecting all main towns.
Language: English is South Africa's main administrative language and is widely spoken. There are also 11 official tribal languages.
Visas are not required for British passport holders.
No vaccinations are compulsory. Malaria is found in certain areas (mainly Kruger and the east coast towards Mozambique), but not throughout the country.