Namaqualand is an arid desert region. It is divided by the Orange River into two parts – Great Namaqualand in the north and Little Namaqualand in the south. During spring (mid-July until October) the region transforms into an explosion of colour with magical flower displays. Springbok is one of the more prominent towns in the Namaqualand region. It is the commercial and administrative centre for copper mining in the region. Goegap Nature Reserve is located 15 kilometres east of Springbok and is famous for its huge herds of springbok and other antelope. Over 45 species of mammal are listed, including the honey badger, aardwolf and endangered Hartmann’s mountain zebra. The Namaqua National Park, situated 60 km south-west of Springbok, in the centre of the Succulent Karoo, is a relatively young park. It was proclaimed in 2002, with the aim of conserving the rich diversity of succulent plants. The area has over 3500 plant species recorded, 1000 of which are endemic species (only occurring in South Africa).
Naries Namakwa Retreat
Naries Namakwa Retreat is a beautiful hideaway 27km from Springbok. It offers luxurious warmly decorated rooms with en-suite bathrooms. Dinner, bed and breakfast are included in any stay. The retreat is set in spacious beautiful grounds and has a refreshing swimming pool to relax at. Sundowner drinks can be enjoyed at a lovely viewpoint on the hill behind Naries Namakwa Retreat. The Retreat is perfectly situated to explore the Namaqualand region. Children over 12 are welcome at Naries Namakwa Retreat.