Looking at the semi-desert landscape of the Namaqua National Park in The Northern Cape, one would not think that the rock-strewn scrubland could foster anything but the hardiest of life. Yet, during the spring, something stirs beneath the ground and the rich bulb deposit erupts from the barren earth and, along with the once brown plants, burst into a kaleidoscopic whirl of flowers which blanket the earth.
Of this multi-coloured flower display, more than 1,000 flower species are not found anywhere else in the world making for an experience like no other. Visitors can take lazy walks along the two-hour walking trails which meander through this unique landscape. Unsurprisingly, the photographic opportunities in the park are spectacular. A 4x4 eco-trail winds its way deep into the park, ending at the coast where visitors can discover secret coves and estuaries dense with birdlife.
The blooming of the flowers varies from year to year, but sometime between August and the beginning of October, the buds decide to open themselves up to the world and greet the sun in a magnificent display of colour. The park covers an area of about 70,000ha, but the best place to see these wildflowers is at the Skilpad Wildflower Reserve section.
- Renowned for the magnificent display of wildflowers and bulbs in bloom during the spring months
- Over 1,000 flower species here are not found anywhere else in the world
- Two-hour walking trails meander through the park
- Spectacular photographic opportunities abound
- Eco-trails takes visitors deep into the park to the coast where they can discover hidden coves and estuaries dense with birdlife
- Covers about 70,000ha with the best sightings of wildflowers at the Skilpad Wildflower Reserve section