Namaqua National Park looks at ways of attracting visitors

Thousands of people flock to the region every year to view and photograph the wildflowers in bloom.

The Namaqua National Park is situated in the Kamiesberg Municipality in the Northern Cape. Picture: Leanne de Bassompierre/EWN.

NORTHERN CAPE - The Namaqua National Park is looking at ways of attracting visitors throughout the year, not just in Spring.

Thousands of people flock to the region in the Northern Cape every year to view and photograph the wildflowers in bloom.

But the park is equally beautiful at other times of the year and could benefit from year-round tourism.

The Namaqua National Park is situated in the Kamiesberg Municipality in the Northern Cape, where the only industries are agriculture and tourism.

Amid a crippling drought, Park Manager Angela Isaks says attracting visitors outside of the flower season will help residents who've diversified into tourism.

"It's absolutely so amazingly beautiful and pristine. The panoramic views... They say that on a good day you can see from the chalets as far as to the sea."

Elize de Bruin helps out at the local coffee-come-information kiosk in neighbouring Kamieskroon.

She says the 800-strong community has been depressed by the effects of the drought.

"We also feel it with the tourists coming. They aren't spending as much as we'd like them to spend."

De Bruin and many others are hoping the ecotourism and cycling packages being planned for the Namaqua National Park will have a positive knock-on effect.