Experience the Northern Cape, South Africa

Thanks to the rain that fell in parts of the Northern Cape this week, the spring flower blooms the province is world renowned for may start as early as the first week of August. 

Namaqua National Park tourism manager Elanza van Lente said: "At this stage it looks promising. After the rain we've had the flowers will start to bloom.

"There are already flowers in some parts of the province and, from next week, the display will start to come out because of the rainfall."

(Image: Lankverwacht Farm)
Bloom on the rocks.

The spectacular flower carpets that blanket the region attract people from all over the world, so planning and booking accommodation for your visit during the busy flora season (August to mid-September) is essential.

Visitors can explore towns, national parks, routes and villages to experience the best of the flower season.

At Lankverwacht guest farm, tucked between Vanrhynsdorp and Nieuwoudtville along the R27, visitors can view sigaretvygies, douvygies and suuring (wild sorrel) blooms, among others. The farm also has accommodation and braai facilities.

From 12 August to 18 September 2016, parts of the Namaqua National Park will be transformed into luxurious camping sites. 

Ncta Flower Pic 2
(Image: Martin Heigan)
Half the floral species found in Namaqualand, part of the Succulent Karoo eco-region along the west coast of South Africa, exist nowhere else.

In campsites such as the Namaqua Flower Skilpad Camp in the Namaqua National Park, mobile tents are erected amid the flowers. For more information, call Namaqua Tourism on +27 (0)27 712 8035. 

For bookings and enquiries about these campsites, call Yolandi Stander on +27 (0)84 299 5777 or email yolandi@experiences.co.za

Van Lente said each year’s blooms are unique.

"You just never know what to expect ... Every year, different species bloom."