Want to experience Namaqua National Park’s unforgettable floral kingdom while staying in a luxury tent? Bookings for the popular Namaqua Flowers Beach Camp and Namaqua Flowers Skilpad Camp are now open. By Arnold Ras
During the flower season, Namaqua National Park is home to two temporary camps operated by Chiefs Luxury Mobile Tented Camps.
Beach Camp, located one kilometre north of the Groenrivier entrance to the park, is open to visitors from August to September. Skilpad Camp, situated conveniently close to the main park entrance near Kamieskroon, is also open from August to September.
Beach Camp is already in its fifth year and offers ten luxury dome tents – think comfortable duvets, electric lights, your own hot shower, spacious dressing room and chemical flush toilets. Here renowned West Coast fare, sea breezes, picnics in the flowers or on the beach and sundowners on a panoramic coastal stage are but a few things to experience.
At Skilpad Camp, 20 luxury tents are pitched in a scenic location. Even though the camp is out in the wild, guests enjoy such indulgences as proper beds, crisp linen and electric blankets.
Adriaan Siebrits Laker from Stellenbosch says Skilpad Camp offers visitors Namaqua hospitality with small shops and restaurants while Beach Camp is all about the nature. For Adriaan, the camps’ nature-first approach left him wanting more. “It doesn’t matter what you do, without any cell phone reception you are forced to relax and take in the surroundings and nature. This will always stick with me and, of course, every single year the flowers and their colours change.”
Prior to visiting the Namaqua Camps, Adriaan says he normally preferred city holidays. “Namaqua was my first experience of going somewhere outdoors and I’ve fallen in love with this whole experience. There’s just something about the calmness of the sea and the beauty of the flowers. Not even to mention the 4×4 track from the camp up north all along the coast. The wonder that nature is something so much bigger than us.”
I have never seen a night sky as beautiful as can be seen from Skilpad Camp.
– Dianne Beatty
Another visitor, Dianne Beatty, says the two camps “are totally different because of their location and the type of prevailing flora in both areas”. “If you have never seen the Namaqualand in full bloom you should treat yourself as it is an image that once seen you will never forget. I have never seen a night sky as beautiful as can be seen from Skilpad Camp.”
Beach Camp appealed to Dianne’s sense of adventure. “It is a place I love to go to as the sense of solitude is heightened. You see the other visitors really only around meal times. For the balance of the time you can walk along pristine beaches and simply daydream. It is an energising experience because everything is so visceral and you feel the power of the ocean all around you.”
“There is a mindfulness, a personal acknowledgement, of how blessed the staff of Chiefs Camp feel to be able to host a camp in nature’s yard. The campsite is small which allows for a direct and exclusive experience with nature. I have been to the camp twice now and am always amazed that the camps have such little impact on the environment,” says Dianne.
Namaqua Flowers Beach Camp
R1,850 per person sharing (maximum two people per tent); R2,775 single; R1,075 children aged 12-16; no children under the age of 12. Rate includes breakfast/brunch, high tea and dinner; optional picnic baskets at R200 for two.
Namaqua Flowers Skilpad Camp
R1,500 per tent (bed and beskuit); maximum two people per tent; dinners at R160 per person (braais, potjies and pies); dinners less 50% for children under the age of 12; children under five years of age eat for free.
Also visit the Chiefs Luxury Mobile Tented Camp website.