Namaqua National Park

Silver Sands Base Camp.

The base camp is set up by our camping and hiking experts to assure the comfort of every hiker after a long days hike. The base camp provide comfortable 2-men tents, warm showers and toilet facilities. The camp is situated in the middle of the Namaqua National Park between Groen River and Spoeg River, which makes this the perfect place to unwind with a glass of wine next to the camp fire. This is an all inclusive trail/ hike and highlights on the trail include the caves, whales in season, a large variety of bird species, small game and the spectacular portrait of flowers during the High Season August- October.


Namaqua National Park.

The Weather

The Namaqua NP falls within the winter rainfall region of South Africa. Rainfall is associated with cold fronts in winter and is not only predictable but more reliable than other arid regions. The biological uniqueness of the Succulent Karoo Biome can be attributed to the low but reliable rainfall patterns. The average annual rainfall measured over 15 years in the Skilpad section at 700 metres above sea level is 340mm. The average at Soebatsfontein just beyond the parks south-western boundary is 140mm per annum. The Namaqualand Coastal Duneveld has a mean precipitation of below 100mm annually.

Snow on the Kamiesberg is common with the last snow recorded in 2009.

Mist is frequent during autumn and winter and the associated moistening of the soil is thought to influence annual plant germination rates. The wind in winter is usually from the east, which can turn to a cold north-westerly with the approach of a frontal system. In summer the wind is predominantly from the south or east.