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      Situated in the heart of the Succulent Karoo the Park has grown enormously and stretches from the well-known Skilpad section, near Kamieskroon, on the escarpment westwards to the coast. The recently added ‘GroenSpoeg’ coastal section is the only significant remaining untouched section of the Namaqualand coast. The gradient from the escarpment to the coast is important from an upland-lowland and rainfall perspective and contributes to the richness of species within the Park
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      With its winter rainfall, Namaqualand is home to the richest bulb flora of any arid region in the world and more than 1 000 of its estimated 3 500 plant species are found nowhere else on earth. Amphibians and reptiles are also well represented, with a number of endemic species. The mammals that have adapted to these harsh conditions include gemsbok, springbok, red hartebeest, klipspringer, aardvark, baboon, steenbok, duiker, porcupine, black-backed jackal and leopard. Birds are typical of the dry arid western regions of the country.

      Attractions & Activities
      The Park is still in a development phase but has a lot to offer its visitors. The best known, and at this
      stage most popular part of the Park, is the 5km Skilpad circular route especially in the springtime flower
      season. Besides the famous spring flowers, the Park is home to 134 different vegetation types, many small fauna
      species, amazing bird life and a fascinating collection of reptiles.

      A great way to explore Skilpad is by mountain bike, All of the publicly accessible roads and trails in the Park are accessible to mountain bikers. Visitors should bring their own mountain bikes.Please note that roads and trails closer to the coast are often very sandy. In these areas fat bikes would be more appropriate.

      There are two 2-hour walking trails, a picnic area with ablutions and a shop and kiosk at Skilpad.
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      The rest of the Park is accessible to 4x4 vehicle through 220km of roads that includes roads to an
      unspoilt coastline and a 25km route, with lovely vistas, to Soebatsfontein.

      The 188km Caracal 4x4 Eco Route (see the Caracal 4X4 Eco-route in the Routes Section) takes visitors
      through some of the most spectacular scenery in Namaqua, from the Kamiesberg with unending vistas, through the inland dunes and along 50km of breathtaking West Coast. The Luiperdskloof Cottage (see Luiperdskloof Cottage Point Of Interest) is also along this route.
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      Skilpad Main Office and Rest Camp google parking directions
      Access Info:
      The Namaqua National Park lies 21km west of the village of Kamieskroon, which is 67km south of Springbok in the Namakwa District of the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. While the main rest camp and offices at Skilpad (home of the famous Skilpad Wildflower Reserve, now part of the Namaqua National Park) is accessible by normal vehicle, most of the other roads in the Park are more suited to four wheel drive vehicles. In particular, the Caracal Eco-route is definitely for four-wheel vehicles only.

      The Park has two main entry points.

      The main entrance and also the location of the Park's main office and restcamp is at Skilpad. To get to Skilpad, turn off the N7 at the Kamieskroon sign, continue to the T-junction and turn left following the brown information board with the SANParks logo on it. You will go onto a gravel road. Pass the Kamieskroon Hotel and, travelling westerly, you go under a concrete bridge. Keep on with this road until you reach the Park. Although the road can be a little rough, it can be traveled on with an ordinary two-wheel drive vehicle. The Google Directions link below will provide driving directions to Skilpad.

      A second entry point is at the coastal region office at Groen Rivier. To get to the Groen Rivier office......
      Disclaimer:
      Normal Park fees apply. For more information, including accommodation options and reservations, please visit the SANParks website at the link below.
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      Region Status
      Open as of May 25, 2020

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      Trails (view details)
      294
      Trails Mountain Bike
      294
      Trails E-Bike
      294
      Trails Hike
      294
      Trails Trail Running
      294
      Trails Horse
      292
      Trails ATV/ORV/OHV
      292
      Total Distance
      769 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      343 miles
      Total Descent
      38,326 ft
      Total Vertical
      2,785 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      2,794 ft
      Reports
      140
      Photos
      3

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      Photos of Namaqua National Park Mountain Bike

      trail: Ou Tronk
      40 |
      Feb 15, 2020 @ 10:34am
      Feb 15, 2020
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      Feb 14, 2020 @ 8:35pm
      Feb 14, 2020
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      Feb 14, 2020 @ 8:23pm
      Feb 14, 2020

      Videos of Namaqua National Park Mountain Bike

      Skilpad Hiking Trail
      2:45 | 45 | Feb 16, 2020
      Namaqua Cycle MTB 2015
      3:54 | 37 | Feb 16, 2020
      Cape Crank Namaqua Sept 2016
      5:01 | 42 | Feb 16, 2020
      Namaqua Paaie
      2:06 | 36 | Feb 16, 2020

      Recent Trail Reports

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      Access Road
      Feb 16, 2020 @ 9:59am
      Feb 16, 2020
      DryWillieJacobsz TRAILFORKS Conditions good - roads mostly dry
      Access Road
      Feb 16, 2020 @ 9:59am
      Feb 16, 2020
      DryWillieJacobsz TRAILFORKS Conditions good - roads mostly dry
      Access Road
      Feb 16, 2020 @ 9:59am
      Feb 16, 2020
      DryWillieJacobsz TRAILFORKS Conditions good - roads mostly dry
      Access Road
      Feb 16, 2020 @ 9:59am
      Feb 16, 2020
      DryWillieJacobsz TRAILFORKS Conditions good - roads mostly dry
      Access Road
      Feb 16, 2020 @ 9:59am
      Feb 16, 2020
      DryWillieJacobsz TRAILFORKS Conditions good - roads mostly dry
      Access Road
      Feb 16, 2020 @ 9:59am
      Feb 16, 2020
      DryWillieJacobsz TRAILFORKS Conditions good - roads mostly dry
      Access Road
      Feb 16, 2020 @ 9:59am
      Feb 16, 2020
      DryWillieJacobsz TRAILFORKS Conditions good - roads mostly dry
      Access Road
      Feb 16, 2020 @ 9:59am
      Feb 16, 2020
      DryWillieJacobsz TRAILFORKS Conditions good - roads mostly dry
      Access Road
      Feb 16, 2020 @ 9:59am
      Feb 16, 2020
      DryWillieJacobsz TRAILFORKS Conditions good - roads mostly dry
      Access Road
      Feb 16, 2020 @ 9:59am
      Feb 16, 2020
      DryWillieJacobsz TRAILFORKS Conditions good - roads mostly dry

      Activity Feed

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      user #611761markhollowayupdatetrailKommagas to Soebatsfontein Road
      Feb 28, 2020 @ 7:25am
      Feb 28, 2020
      user #1309489WillieJacobszaddreportAccess Road and 139 more
      Feb 16, 2020 @ 9:58am
      Feb 16, 2020
      user #1309489WillieJacobszvotetrailCaracal Eco-trail Coastal Loop and 8 more
      Feb 16, 2020 @ 9:55am
      Feb 16, 2020
      user #1309489WillieJacobszaddvideoWildeperdehoek Pass - Mountain Passes of South Africa and 11 more
      Feb 16, 2020 @ 8:54am
      Feb 16, 2020
      user #1309489WillieJacobszaddtrailSkilpad 7 and 1 more
      Feb 16, 2020 @ 8:11am
      Feb 16, 2020
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