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  • Located in one of the most beautiful and least visited parts of the country
  • Spectacular luxury and tranquility in the Mountain Suites
  • Breathtaking in flower season (book far, far in advance)

Naries Namakwa Retreat

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

26km from Springbok

 

-29.7015, 17.6655

About

The vast expanses of Namaqualand are well known for the breathtaking fields of wild flowers that light up the semi-desert during spring, and Naries Namakwa Retreat is optimally situated for visitors to enjoy this extraordinary natural phenomenon.

Out of flower season, guests can still enjoy unrivalled tranquillity and the rugged beauty of craggy hills and scrubland stretching as far as the eye can see, while being hosted in a varied choice of luxury accommodation. 

The three mountain suites are unique dome-shaped structures that have been built with incredible imagination, around the boulders on the hills, providing an experience guests are unlikely to forget in a hurry. Boulders are allowed to extend into the inside of the thatched suites, forming a delightful focal point around which the rest of the interior is carefully incorporated.

The accommodation is luxurious, with the suites featuring King-size or twin beds, comfortable seating areas and large stone en-suite bathrooms, while an African ambience is provided by the springbok and Nguni cattle hides and coloured fabrics. 

Each of these secluded suites also has a private deck offering stunning views of the semi-desert, making the rooms ideal for a romantic getaway. To keep you comfortable, the rooms are equipped with hair dryers, fans, heaters and electric blankets. For disabled visitors, one suite is wheelchair-friendly.

Also sleeping two people each, the five spacious rooms in the Manor House have a more classic and elegant feel and are close to facilities such as the swimming pool and dining room. Four of the rooms have patios, which means guests still share a connection with nature.  

Rates for the suites and rooms include breakfast and a sumptuous three-course dinner prepared with the best local ingredients and presented with flair. For those looking for a special self-catering holiday, the Cape Country Style cottages sleep four people in comfortable luxury. The cottages are stylishly decorated and very modern, and fitted with top-quality finishes. A family braai can be enjoyed in either the indoor or outdoor entertainment areas before guests settle down to a meal accompanied by scenic mountain views. 

The dining room at the Manor House is reserved for dinner-bed-breakfast guests, but breakfast and dinner can be arranged for guests in the cottages, as long as they confirm this at the time of their reservation.

A visit to Naries is not complete without an exploration of the surrounding wilderness. More than 4000 species of flowers call Namaqualand home, and the sight of millions of these blanketing the countryside in spring is an unforgettable site. Botanical interest does not begin and end with the flowers though, as many interesting succulent plant species are also indigenous to the region.

The lodge can assist in ranging various day trips conducted by private operators, as long as you book well in advance. Four-wheel-drive enthusiasts can take on the 4x4 Shipwreck Tour, which takes you along the coast to visit three shipwrecks, some pristine beaches and archaeological sites, while a tour of the Richtersveld National Park is an awe-inspiring experience for nature lovers. Water babies can enjoy a memorable river-rafting experience down the Orange River. 

At a small cost, Naries can arrange a packed picnic basket for you to enjoy during any of the tours.

Rates & Summary


3 Mountain Suites

Freestanding units
Each sleeps 2 in King-size, twin or double beds
En-suite bath and shower or shower over bath
Private deck with stunning views of Namakwaland

5 Manor House Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in twin or double beds
En-suite bath and shower or shower over bath
4 rooms with patios

2 Self-catering Cottages

Luxury Cape Country style
Each sleeps 4 in two bedrooms
Main bedroom with en-suite bath and shower
Second bedroom with en-suite shower
Kitchenette, indoor and outside braai area

Pricing

  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above

Catering

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast in Mountain Suites and Manor Rooms
Self-catering in cottages (dinner and breakfast can be booked in advance)

Kids

Children 12 and older welcome in Mountain Suites and Manor Rooms.
Children of all ages welcome in the cottages.

Why Stay Here?

A true off-the-beaten-track destination, Naries Namakwa Retreat offers exceptional peace and quiet in the vast Namaqualand semi-desert. The dome-shaped Mountain Suites provide a unique and memorable luxury stay in a natural environment of unsurpassed colours, views and textures. The retreat is located on the edge of the Spektakelberg mountain range in the Northern Cape province, housing guests in a variety of catered and self-catered accommodation. Naries is well positioned to explore the unspoilt Namakwa Region, from the Richtersveld in the north to the shipwrecks on the western coast of South Africa.

Summary

  • Located in one of the most beautiful and least visited parts of the country
  • Spectacular luxury and tranquility in the Mountain Suites
  • Breathtaking in flower season (book far, far in advance)

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, golf clubs, binoculars for game viewing/bird watching.

Road Conditions

The gravel approach roads are suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Wild flower viewing
  • Game viewing

Nearby: 4x4 shipwreck tour, Richtersveld tours, river rafting.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Fan included
  • Heater included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast & dinner
  • No Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Hot Plates
  • Fridge and freezer
  • Basic cleaning materials

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Limited cell phone reception
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km
  • No shuttle service available

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe

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Namaqualand

Northern Cape

About

Three hours north of Cape Town, along the N7, lies Namaqualand, an area well known for its spectacular wild-flower displays in spring. However, it also encompasses the sublime mountain desert of the Richtersveld in the far north, and the wild and undeveloped coastline on to which the Atlantic Ocean breaks. To the east, from the heights of the Bokkeveld and Kamiesberg Mountains, the vast expanse of Bushmanland rolls, unbroken, to the horizon. 

Because of the region’s striking floral displays it is often referred to as the ‘fields of dreams’. This description of Namaqualand may seem a tad optimistic during summer when the barren earth slumbers, waterless, beneath a sizzling sun. But come spring, the turnaround is nothing short of miraculous.

What makes this natural display stand out above any other is that Namaqualand is essentially a desert (50 - 400mm annual rainfall). However, unlike the paucity associated with most arid areas, Namaqualand boasts an abundance of more than 4 000 plant species, and no other desert in the world puts on a spring spectacle like this one.

The region is sparsely populated and its towns are small and spread out. Springbok, on the N7, is the biggest town in the region and is regarded as Namaqualand’s capital. It is a busy town and an important flower-viewing centre in spring, with the Goegap Nature Reserve nearby. Just south is the more laid back Kamieskroon and the increasingly popular Namaqua National Park. Along the coast, where diamonds are still mined in the sand and on the ocean floor, lie Port Nolloth, Kleinzee and Hondeklipbaai. This coastline is known as the Diamond Coast. Moving inland to the plateau above the Bokkeveld Mountains, Nieuwoudtville boasts more species of bulb plants than anywhere else on earth, and the area around Calvinia is rich in floral diversity. 

Further east, Sutherland perches atop the Roggeveld Mountains and is well known as the coldest town in the country. It is home to the South African Astronomical Observatory and SALT (Southern African large telescope). In the far east of the region near Fraserburg the Gansfontein Palaeosurface takes visitors way back in time. 

The landscape is characterised by granite domes and mountain ranges, long lonely roads and winding passes. In the Richtersveld and the Kamiesberg Mountains the Nama people follow a cultural way of life little influenced by modernity. Here their traditional matjieshuis (reed hut) and perhaps even the kokerboomhuis (quiver tree houses) can be seen. 

Look out for

Flower viewing - during spring, flower viewing opportunities are diverse.

The Richtersveld in the far north contains the highest botanical diversity and rates of endemic species of any arid region on earth and supports more succulent flora than anywhere else in the world. 

The Coast has many places where flowers grow literally onto the beaches of the rugged, unspoilt shore. The best displays are seen while driving along the coastal plain (called the strandveld) south of the diamond-mining town of Kleinzee, and around Hondeklipbaai. 

Along the N7 gravel backroads loop into the mountains and farmlands providing plenty of day-drive opportunities. Near Springbok the Goegap Nature Reserve is often blanketed with petals. Further south near Kamieskroon is the Namaqua National Park with a large flower section, in what was formerly called the Skilpad Nature Reserve. 

The Bokkeveld plateau - Nieuwoudtville and the surrounding area have more species of bulb plants than anywhere else on earth, adding another dimension to the flower spectacle. Further east along R27, Calvinia stands at the foot of the Hantam Mountains and its Akkerendam Nature Reserve is good for a drive or a walk. 

Namaqua National Park - 22km from Kamieskroon is a developing park, which has grown to a present extent of 141 000ha including a stretch of coast between the Spoeg and Groen Rivers. The peak visitor season in the park is during the spring flower displays but any time of year is good for a drive around to see re-introduced game, take up the 4x4 challenge, or just enjoy the scenery. The park has few facilities, but they do have four fully equipped self-catering chalets for overnight visitors, all with electricity, indoor fireplace, and outdoor braai. Hikers can undertake two trails of 2 and 3 hours respectively.

The Ai-Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park in the far north of Namaqualand is recommended for those who enjoy the bumps and grinds of off-road driving. The mountain desert scenery is sublime in its starkness and there are views that really leave one breathless. It is joined to the Namibian side by a pont over the Orange River at Sendelingsdrift. There are two wilderness camps and a number of campsites with very basic facilities.

The Richtersveld Community Conservancy - Adjoining the Ai-Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park to the south is the Richtersveld Community Conservancy, a designated World Heritage Site. This incorporates the Nama settlements of Lekkersing, Eksteenfontein, Kuboes, and Sanddrift. It is one of only 34 biodiversity hotspots worldwide as recognised by Conservation International, and one of only two existing in a desert.

Tankwa Karoo National Park - This desert park is accessed off the R355, which runs south from Calvinia towards Ceres. It straddles the boundary between the Northern Cape and Western Cape and incorporates some of the Roggeveld Mountains and the arid low-lying areas to the south. At 130 000ha it covers a vast area of the succulent Karoo. Accommodation is in original farmhouses, purpose-built cottages and bush campsites that have no facilities.

Observatory - Outside Sutherland the South African Astronomical Observatory is home to a number of big telescopes. Guided day and night tours can be undertaken to the facility.

Palaeo surface - 5km from Fraserburg there are impressively clear trackways of large, four-footed, five-toed mammalian reptiles in the fossilised mud. The prints are of a Bradysaurus that passed that way approximately 190-million years ago.

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