Nearly eight kilometres to the east of Springbok is the semi-desert Goegap Nature Reserve in South Africa’s Northern Cape. Carolusberg, the area’s highest point, stands out against the Goegap Nature Reserve’s granite peaks and sand-covered plains. The wildflower garden in Goegap has a sizable collection of local succulents. 94 bird species, 45 mammal species, and 600 different indigenous plant species are all found in this 7 000 hectare nature reserve.
The reserve’s Hester Malan Wild Flower Garden features a rock garden and many Namakwa succulents. This succulent garden also serves as the starting point for a 17-kilometre tourist loop that allows visitors to explore a variety of the reserve’s habitats. There are also 4WD routes for further exploration. Between August and September, the region explodes with floral splendour.
The reserve is open from 08:00 to 16:30 all year round. An entrance fee is payable at the gate.
Aside from the astounding number of floral species, Goegap Nature Reserve is home to 45 mammal species, including springbok, gemsbok, the endangered Hartman's Zebra, and the aardwolf, among others. Oryx, klipspringer, duiker, 26 reptile species and 3 amphibian species are among the other wildlife. Bird enthusiasts will enjoy the park's more than 92 recorded South African bird species, which include ostriches, black eagles, spotted dikkops, and ground woodpeckers.
If you want to see the spring blossoms, the best time to visit the reserve is from late July or early August through to October. (The timing of the blossoms fluctuates from year to year depending on the amount of rain).
Goegap Nature Reserve offers a variety of outdoor recreation. For those looking for some adventure, the Myers hiking trail in Goegap offers an excellent opportunity to spot the variety of wildlife within the reserver. Additionally, numerous other hiking trails are varying from two to eight kilometres long and are suitable for all ages. For bird-watching enthusiasts, Goegap Nature Reserve is home to over 92 bird species, making it an excellent site for birding.
Goegap Nature Reserves offers some accommodation options including self-catering chalets. Other accommodation can be booked in the town of Springbok, which is approximately eight kilometres from the reserve, making it easily accessible.