Experience the Northern Cape, South Africa

When spring sets in, the floral displays in the Northern Cape’s Namaqualand attract admirers and photographers from all over the world.

This year’s flower season is just over two months away, so be sure to book a visit to experience the spectacular display and explore the Namaqualand region. 

Namaqua National Park tourism manager Elanza van Lente says that usually, the best time to view the flowers is from the second week of August until mid-September. 

"The flowers may bloom earlier, depending on the rain; so far we've had no (winter) rain," she said, adding that in February this year there had been some rainfall and that had led to a sporadic bloom of flowers. 

"You just never know what to expect ... Every year, different types of species bloom. Last year was very dry but it was one of our best seasons since 2006," Van Lente said.

Here are pictures from previous years, giving you a peek into what to expect when the flowers bloom … 

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From August until September, Namaqualand transforms from a dry desert to a stunning floral carpet. (Image: Doha Sam)
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The Namaqualand region is a biodiversity hotspot that boasts the richest variety of succulent flora on Earth. (Image: South African Tourism )
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Half of the floral species found in Namaqualand, part of the Succulent Karoo along the west coast of South Africa, are found nowhere else. (Image: Martin Heigan)
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According to South African National Parks, more than 1 000 of the region’s estimated 3 500 plant species are found nowhere else on Earth. (Image: Martin Heigan)

Visitors can camp at various campsites around Namaqualand, or explore the region through hiking, mountain biking and 4x4 trails. For more information, call Namaqua Tourism on +27 (0)27 712 8035. 

Those looking for something more relaxing can enjoy a dip in the Kookfontein hot springs. If you’re a foodie looking to sample some traditional cuisine, the traditional fare at a place such as Vera's Kookskerm in Leliefontein, a Namaqualand village, should do the trick. It’s recommended that visitors book guided tours to unearth the treasures this region has to offer.

For booking and additional information, call the Namaqualand National Park on +27 (0)27 672 1948 or the Namaqua Coastal Route on +27 (0)27 672 1752.