The 2016 Northern Cape flower season

September 27, 2016  — 
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We welcomed thousands of tourists, national and international, to our floral kingdom this flower season. This year’s flowers arrived early in comparison with 2015’s season, with the first blooms coming to life in the Tankwa Karoo National Park near Calvinia in early August.



Shades of green and yellow then began to appear in the Nieuwoudtville area. The Nieuwoudtville Falls were also at their finest, fullest and most beautiful during this time, owing to the rare August rainfall that we experienced.


#nieuwoudtville with Mommykins
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The historical town of Kamiesberg in Kamieskroon then came alive with orange Namakwa daisies. Patches of different flower species blossomed in the famous Namaqua National Park, with the area’s famous orange daisies most prominent.


#namaqua #daisy
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The mountains around Springbok put on a purple parade this year, with vygies blooming among the milk bush. Tourists coming towards Springbok on the N7 were treated to this purple parade, too.


#vygies between #nieuwoudville & #calvinia
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The coastal area of the Namaqua National Park came into bloom a little later than the rest. This is also a region that can only be viewed by 4x4.



Throughout August, the flowering continued. Spring day then arrived in all her glory, and the Namaqua National Park was in full bloom, attracting lots of attention from tourists passing through the area, and even featuring on the SABC 2 Afrikaans news. The Tankwa Karoo National Park graced the front page of Die Burger on 3 September 2016.

The crown jewel of flower season, the Namakwa daisy, continued to carpet the semi-desert landscape of the Namaqua National Park. Vygies, perdebos, sporries, botterblomme and gousblomme also glorified this usually arid landscape.



Due to the nourishing rain we have had in the Northern Cape, the succulents are now coming to life. Drawing to a close in the third week of September, this flower season left us in awe. We look forward to what next year’s season will bring us.


The rain and drop in temperature has brought the succulents into bloom😍 #northerncape #northerncapetourism #namaqualand
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For visitors planning a long stay for the 2017 flower season, we have luxurious camping sites, as well as many other accommodation options for you to consider. However, keep in mind that the Northern Cape is beautiful all year round, and our national parks, adventure experiences and charming towns are testament to this.

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