The purple vygies are blossoming, signalling an end to the Namaqua flower season. The winter rains the spring flowers depend on to flourish didn’t occur this year, so instead of the floral carpets the province of extremes is known for, there have been only patches of blooms.
The United Nations has declared 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. In South Africa and in the Northern Cape, the theme is “We Do Tourism Sustainably”. This provides an enormous opportunity for destinations to harness the contribution of tourism for economic growth, job creation, social inclusion, and cultural and environmental preservation.
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 flower season is drawing closer and the Northern Cape will be welcoming admirers and photographers from all corners of the globe.
It’s official – the ‡Khomani Cultural Landscape has been declared a World Heritage Site.
The Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve is the best of both worlds – it’s a test of endurance for avid hikers and a feast for the eyes of nature lovers, especially during the province of extremes’ flower season.
The base camp at the |Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park is almost ready for the Richtersveld World Heritage Site MTB Tour, which is set to take place from 2 to 6 July.
Winter rainfalls in the province of extremes are a promise – the raindrops mean the flowers will bloom in spring. The Northern Cape’s flower season, as it’s known, is no ordinary springtime blossom.
The Riemvasmaak Hot Springs are one of the many natural wonders in the province of extremes. Located between the Orange and Molopo rivers in Riemvasmaak, the hot springs are surrounded by granite cliffs, and offer spectacular views of the mountain desert and wilderness.