Drive into the wild
When driving from Cape Town towards Namibia, there are plenty National Parks to visit for the day or even to spend the night. Come explore these national treasures while putting your hiking boots on and testing the tyres on your 4×4.
West Coast National Park
This park is just a little while from the harbour of Saldanha bay and one of the main reasons to visit this park is the Langebaan lagoon with beautiful beaches, bird life galore and an array of blooming colourful flowers in spring. This is a wonderful Park to visit on your journey.
Things to do:
Eve’s Footprint and Trail – discovered in 1995 at Kraalbaai, these footprints are said to be of young woman who lived 117 000 years ago. The replica of the footprints can be viewed at the Geelbek Information Centre inside West Coast National Park.
Eve’s Trail is a 2.5 day, 30 Km hike through the park, consisting of 3 legs and caters West Coast-style meals.
- Mountain biking
- Kayak and kite-board in the Langebaan Lagoon
- Picnic and braai facilities
- Watch for whales in August and September from the Tsaarsbank section of the park
- Download the Gate Registration & Indemnity document and complete before your visit in order to save time when entering the park.
- You will need an ID or Passport.
Tankwa Karoo National Park
The park is located in the succulent Karoo Biome, the area is renowned for its extraordinary and prevalent plant species, amazing birdlife, and landscapes that will astonish you– from the steep cliffs of the Roggeveld Escarpment to the moonscapes of the Tankwa Desert.
Go birding, watch the animals and take in the beautiful surroundings of Tankwa Karoo National Park. This park also offers accommodation in the form of camping and self-catering cottages.
- Members of SANParks’ loyalty programme WILD do not pay conservation fees provided that proof of Identity and their WILD card are shown on arrival.
- Small daily conservation fee.
- Need ID or passport.
Namaqua National Park
An area where the climate has created a multitude of flora and fauna marvellously adapted to their specific habitat. Carpets of flowers, starry nights, quiver trees, massive granite protrusions and the ice-cold Atlantic are but a few marvels that await the visitor of the Namaqua National Park.
There is also accommodation available at the park including Skilpad Rest Camp that offers lovely chalets and Namaqua Flowers Beach Camp offers dome tents.
Things to do:
- Caracol Ecotrail (4×4 only)
- Circular drive with viewpoints during the spring flowering season.
- Several nature trails.
- Picnic sites.
- A seasonal visitor information centre.
- A community levy of 1% will be added to the cost of all accommodation and activity reservations.
- A daily small conservation fee applies.
- Need ID or passport.
Richtersveld Transfrontier National Park
Rugged kloofs, high mountains and dramatic landscapes that sweep away inland from the Orange River is what the Richtersveld Transfrontier National Park is all about.
Guided Trails (1 April- 30 September):
- Vensterval Trail (4 days, 3 nights)
- Lelieshoek-Oemsberg Trail (3 days, 2 nights)
- Kodaspiek Trail (2 days, 1 night)
Accommodation available in the park:
- Sendelingsdrif Rest Camp
- Potjiespram Rest Camp
- De Hoop Camp Site
- Richtersburg Camp Site
- Kokerboomkloof Camp Site
- Tatasberg and Ganakouriep Wilderness Camps
- Hakkiesdoring Wilderness Camp
- Hiking Trails Base Camp
A community levy of 1% will be added to the cost of all accommodation and activity reservations.
But if staying in the parks is too off the beaten track for you then there are other accommodations nearby to suit you.
But if you are a 4×4 man or woman there are also other 4×4 routes available around the area, For example if you are heading to the Cederberg why not visit Wuppertal and stay at Mertenhof Guest Farm, they offer 4×4 and motorcycle routes in the Biedouw Valley.