5. Central Namaqualand Coast

Although diamond mining and tourism development have transformed much of the Namaqualand coastline, the Central Namaqualand coast incorporates a crucial 30 kilometre wide tract of relatively pristine coastline where access to diamond mining areas was controlled.

The Griqua Communal Authority now protects a large portion of this area. The 34,600-hectare area includes 432 plant species, 85 of which are Succulent Karoo endemics and 44 of which are Red List species.

Flagship species include locally dominant succulent endemics such as Wooleya Farinosa, Grant's Golden Mole (Eremitalpa granti) and Gronovi's Dwarf Burrowing Skink (Scelotes gronovii).

 Key facts

30 km of relatively pristine coastline and site of the Namaqua Coastal Park.

Flagship species

Bokbaai vygies, Wooleya farinose, Grant’s Golden Mole, Gronovi’s Dwarf Burrowing Skink.

Famous places

Quartz patches at Soebatsfontein Succulent Reserve.

Pressures

Diamond mining.

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