Goegap Nature Reserve
Goegap Nature Reserve lies 15km south-east of Springbok in Namakwaland and covers about 15000ha. The name Goegap is derived from the Nama word for waterhole.
The reserve encompasses the typical granite koppies and sandy plains of Namakwaland. It supports close to 600 indigenous flower species and is also home to 45 mammal species, including springbok, gemsbok and the Hartman’s mountain zebra, 94 bird species as well as several species of reptile and amphibian. The vegetation includes a large component of ephemeral plants (plants with a short life span).
Goegap incorporates the Hester Malan Wild Flower Garden, which contains an enormous collection of succulents endemic to the area. 581 different indigenous plants are found here, and some succulents are so rare they are found nowhere else in the world.
The plants burst into colour in the spring, along the roadsides and in vast areas of scrubland that at other times appear almost lifeless.
There are driving routes through Goegap Nature Reserve, but the circular walks and incredible mountain bike and 4×4 trails offer a really unique and beautiful experience during springtime.
A visit to the Goegap Reserve will make a lasting impression with the spectacular annual display of wild flowers in spring.
Visitors to the reserve may take advantage of 3 hour guided tours in an open truck, which are conducted seasonally.
Besides the unbelievable number of floral species, Goegap has recorded 45 mammalian species including springbok, gemsbok, the endangered Hartman’s Zebra and the aardwolf.
Bird 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.
Bookings for guided tours are essential and may be made with the Goegap Reserve Management. The reserve is open from 08:00 to 16:30 all year round. An entrance fee is payable at the gate.
We recommend Goegap very strongly for nature lovers, and it is a definite must-see during flowering season.
Contact Tel:027 718 9906
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