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Nature reserves

Last updated on Monday 02 February 2012

The Goegap Nature Reserve, under control of the Department of Environment and Nature Conservation, Northern Cape, is situated 15 km South East of Springbok. This is a "must-visit" for nature lovers and 4x4 enthusiasts, in all seasons, and has routes for sedan vehicles as well as 2 - 4 rated 4x4 routes. The camping area in the park is clean and well looked after, at an extremely reasonable fee.

The intention of this article on the Goegap Nature Reserve is to indicate the attraction and characteristics of the reserve thoughout all the seasons of the year. Namaqualand and the reserve is well-known for its attraction in the flower season, but little emphasis is placed on the unique and special characteristics as nature progresses through the yearly cycle.

We started off this article by visiting the Goegap campsite for 3 nights in early December 2011. It is situated close to the entrance gate, with a beautiful view across the end of the local airstrip to the distant koppies. Apart from an overseas couple on the first night, we had the campsite for ourselves. Maximum and minimum temperatures were mild, and the wind in the sheltered campsite area were comfortable most of the time

Accommodation and daily fees are REALLY very low. In fact, we will be surprised if you can do better for what you are getting here.


Department of Environment and Nature Conservation Northern Cape

Department of Environment and Nature Conservation Northern Cape - Nature Reserves

Department of Environment and Nature Conservation Northern Cape - Goegap Nature Reserve

SANparks - conserving nature since 1926


 Although there is no electricity, gas geysers are available in the neat and tidy ablusion block. The caravan and tent stands have reed covered shelters against the sun, as well as elevated individual braai blocks. Typically of this area there is no grass underneath and a ground sheet is recommended.
For those requiring a bit more comfort there are elementary huts available with 4 single beds closer to the dry riverbed with more shady trees. Little free-standing ablusion blocks serve these huts on an individual basis.
Now the question STILL remains: Why would anybody in his right mind visit Goegap when it is not in the flower season, and go on a hiking trail, 4x4 route or mountain bike ride in December?

The answer is twofold: to experience the serene tranquility and isolation in close symbiosis with this area rich in human and archaeological history and, secondly, to look close enough and be surprised at the abundance of fauna and flora still around although the plains are not covered in flowers.

The photos below will tell and complete the story. These were all taken in the immediate vicinity of our campsite during our December visit.

There is certainly enough to see and experience even in December! I was too slow to take a photo of the Gemsbok that entered the campsite!

Should you wish to have a look at the average maximum and minimum temperatures, and the average rainfall per month, you can visit the Weather page on this website.



Contact details for Goegap Nature Reserve




Phone: 027 718 9906


Fax: 027 718 9907



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