When man and nature come into contact, both sides may lose. So imagine finding a way to turn the tables and produce a win-win alternative. That’s exactly what’s happening in Namaqualand in the Northern Cape, South Africa.
If you’re into wild and rugged roads on mountain passes or along the coast, into weather that can change from mist belts to sunshine in the twinkling of an eye, and having the whole world to yourself for a few hours, then the Caracal Eco Route in the Namaqua National Park is your kind of thing.
When someone says the word Namaqualand,
not many people immediately think of a wild and unspoilt stretch of coastline. But it’s here nonetheless – and it’s beautiful. Blinded by mental pictures of carpets of spring flowers, few would be able to list Namaqualand’s other attractions either.
Think Namaqualand and you probably think spring flowers. Lots and lots of them spread like a richly coloured carpet across the landscape. But there’s more to Namaqualand than flowers.
I last looked at the thorny problem of rhino poaching in South Africa in September 2010 (see blog post here) but since then another possible solution has been suggested and could do with an airing.
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I'm an independent travel writer and book editor with a passion for Africa - anything from African travel, people, safari and wildlife to adventure, heritage, road-tripping and slow travel. I'm happiest in the middle of nowhere, meeting the locals, trying something new, or simply watching the grass grow.
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