Namaqualand is synonymous with sand. However, after the annual rain, there’s a sudden explosion of color that is unparalleled. Yellow, white, and orange are predominant. However, blue, purple, and red can be seen. This captivating scene can only be seen for a few weeks, after which the sand takes over again. This is the beauty and magnificence of Mother Nature. This majestic display in South Africa is a true natural spectacle.
The relatively unknown Namaqualand is located above Cape Town on the way to Namibia. Upon inquiry, the best spots turn out to be the town of Darling, West Coast National Park, Namaqualand National Park (Kamieskroon/Skilpad), and the town of Springbok. But you can actually see fields full of flowers all over that route. I started my travels along the coast and then drove inland.
West Coast National Park
West Coast NP is extra special. This is where you can see wild animals in the flower fields. What a beautiful scene. Ostriches, zebras, springboks, and much more African wildlife roam here. The animals are not often seen in the flowers, as most are grass eaters.
Almost extinct animal species: Bontebok
The bontebok is special in this area. This animal is only found in a small part of Africa. The bontebok was rescued by a special breeding and rehabilitation program.
This sea of flowers was only discovered by tourists a few years ago. On a closer look, you will see smaller flowers growing in between the brightly coloured flowers. Sometimes it is just a flower with extremely small leaves.
The plant gives all its energy to bloom, to show off its brilliant colour and beauty. Once this flower show is over it can only be seen again the next year. All in all, there are hundreds of different types of flowers, including many asters.
The flowers are a beautiful contrast to the blue sea. It was time for a picnic but I kept my eyes on the sea. And soon it hit again! A few whales swam by, showing me their tails and all.
Anyone traveling to the north will notice that the landscape gets drier. Amazing that this will be completely gone in a few weeks. Namaqualand’s floral splendor is short but intense.
Best time to visit Namaqualand:
Some trips are difficult to plan. Like this one to the extravaganza of flowers that appears every year in the arid part of South Africa. This trip is rainfall dependent. When winter slowly gives way to spring, heavy rain showers are experienced. This is roughly the end of August and the beginning of September.