The winter rainfalls that lead to the Northern Cape flower season between August and September were delayed this year, meaning there’s more time for you to experience this colourful spectacle.
This year’s flower season is expected to run until late October, so you’re in luck if you’ve been putting off making arrangements for your visit. We’ve rounded up some of the areas where the blossoms have made an appearance already.
The Namaqua National Park remains the best place to see the flowers right now. The Namaqualand region is a biodiversity hotspot that boasts the richest variety of succulent flora on Earth. Half of the floral species found in Namaqualand, part of the Succulent Karoo along the west coast of South Africa, are found nowhere else.
Blossoms such as orange daisies and yellow pietsnot, have appeared in patches around numerous sections of the park. During the flower season, parts of the park are transformed into luxurious camping sites where tents are erected amid the flowers.
Flower displays can also be spotted on the shoulder of the historic flower routes on N7 between Garies and Kamieskroon, at Calvinia, and between Okiep and Concordia. Succulents have appeared in the Kleinsee coastal area, and the road between Klipfontein and Kharkams has been spruced up with yellow skaapbosse blooms.
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.