Experience the Northern Cape, South Africa

Hantam
Blossoms currently at the Hantam National Botanical Garden. (Image: Nieuwoudtville)

The Northern Cape’s flower season (August to mid-September) turns the whole province into a colourful canvas.

We’ve rounded up areas across the province of extremes that are ideal for viewing and experiencing the flower season, a phenomenon that attracts tourists and professional photographers from all over the world. 

The Namaqualand region is one of the prime spots from which to enjoy this floral kaleidoscope. During the flower season parts of the Namaqua National Park are transformed into luxurious camping sites, and tents are erected amid the flowers. The views are nothing short of picture perfect. 

The town of Nieuwoudtville offers unique flower-viewing experiences because of its habitat. The town is often referred to as the “bulb capital of the world” for its large variety of indigenous bulbous plants. 

Those who want to further explore the town’s fascinating habitat can visit the Hantam National Botanical Garden. The garden has a picnic area on the lawn outside the office building, guided tours on a safari vehicle are offered and there are nine hiking trails. 

Sections along the N7, between Kharkams and Garies and in Kamieskroon, have started blooming, offer stunning viewing opportunities.

Namaq Park
Namaqua National Park. (Image: Travel through BRICS)

Visit our accommodation section for more options on where to stay during the Northern Cape flower season. 

Visitors can call the Namaqua flower hotline on +27 (0)72 760 6019 from 8am until 8pm, seven days a week, for advice on flower-viewing hotspots, assistance with planning their trips, and queries on spring flower routes in the Namaqua region.