I have been in Namaqualand several times, in fact almost every years, and I have always enjoyed it.
Here is my best advise to you : go and enjoy it too!
But you must hurry to book because from mid July to mid September is very high season there and many places are already almost fully booked. I have stayed in many of the places below and would definitely recommend them (see my comments below).
You can also look at my photographic workshops page for Namaqualand and Richtersveld for a dynamic Google map locating all these places.
- Niewoudtville, Rooidak guesthouse : talk to Hester Nel, she will organise the best accommodation for you in one of the 2 little guest house or the house; the country food prepared by the old granny is amazing at their little restaurant.
- Hondeklip, Visbeen Lodge : I have never been there but Myrtle Wessel sounds like a very nice person on the phone, and very close to nature; I am looking forward to discover that place.
- Kamieskroon hotel, self-catering units & campsite, Maryna & Helmut Khors know a lot about the area and the flowers... this is the favourite place to go, but also the most popular.
- Namaqua Game Lodge, 25 kn south of Springbok : a friend advise me to go there especially with the children, so I am going;
- Goegap nature reserve, guesthouse (only one house with 4 beds) and campsite : I love this small nature reserve just south-east of Springbok near the airstrip.
- Naries Retreat, power house (self-catering family unit), manor house (guest house) & namakwa mountain suites : this is a great place for every budget and if you are going with the children, the power house is perfect.
- Namaqua National Park, Skilpad rest camp & Luiperdskloof guest cottage : I have enjoyed driving and walking through the park several time and I have booked their places for next year... too late for this year! So you must book long in advance, if during the flower season... of course.
- Richtersveld National Park, with only chalets at Sendelingsdrift and several campsites along the Orange river and at the quiver tree valley : this park is my favourite and I have camped alone everywhere alone and with my 2 children Enya & James; I love the purity of the landscape and its amazing flora of succulents; this is also my preferred place for my photographic workshops.
- Richtersveld Community Conservation with Rooiberg guesthouse and several basic campsites within the World Heritage Site : although this is very basic, it is a very good starting point to explore the area; I have camped there and there are plenty of succulents everywhere; my next challenge is to climb the red mountain and meet the half-men trees.
I will be there again in August-September with small groups of keen photographers who share my passion and want to their photographic skills. See my photographic workshops pages for more information.