Mother Nature is showing off in the Northern Cape and the province’s terrain is changing from being dry and dusty to a colourful flora carpet.
The flower season (August to mid-September) blossoms of are starting to show and they’re expected to peak within the next two weeks.
Namaqua National Park tourism manager Elanza van Lente said currently, most of the flower blossoms in the region are between the Bitter River and south of Kwass area, as well as at Skuinsbaai Noord.
“Visitors must enter the coastal area from north to south to view flowers,” she said, adding that the coastal section of the park is only accessible by 4x4 vehicles.
“The Caracal Ecoroute in Namaqua National Park looks very pretty now; it has a variety of flowers in the inland area, especially from the turn-off to the route till sign Number Seven,” van Lente said.
It’s essential for visitors to buy the guide booklet at any of the park’s offices if they intend embarking on this route because it takes all day and requires a 4x4 vehicle because of sandy stretches along the coast.
For visitors who are planning a long stay for the flower season, from this week section of the park will be converted into luxurious camping sites.
Beach Flower Camp
The highly popular annual Chiefs Nomadic Camp will be set up just one kilometre north of the Groenrivier entrance to the park from 12 August to 18 September 2016.
Twelve dome tents, which can accommodate a maximum of two people each, will be erected to provide a convenient and elegant camping experience right the beach. The private mobile tents will each be equipped with beds, duvets, hot blankets, electric lights, showers and a chemical flush toilet.
Activities campers can indulge in include enjoying live music after dinner, a picnic along the coast with the option to buy a scrumptious lunch picnic baskets for two for R225, or going “daisy tripping” through the flowers at Skilpad. Those looking for something a little more adventurous can hop on to a 4x4 and head to Spoegrivier Caves.
Skilpad Flower Camp
The Skilpad Camp in the Skilpad Nature Reserve is 30km from the closest town of Kamieskroon. From 5 August to 18 September 2016, 20 dome tents will be erected right amid the flowers in this remote, but stunning, location.
Visitors can also go “daisy tripping” through the flowers here by walking or hiring a bike for R150 (with a R50 refund), or pack a picnic basket. At night, stargazing sessions are on the cards thanks to the crystal-clear skies. A telescope is available.
For bookings and enquiries, call Yolandi Stander on +27 (0)84 299 5777 or email email@example.com. Call the Namaqualand National Park on +27 (0)27 672 1948 or the Namaqua Coastal Route on +27 (0)27 672 1752 for additional information.
View our accommodation section to book your stay in the Northern Cape during the flower season.