Namaqualand: The Floral Kingdom of Africa

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Foreigners and locals return time and once more to this wonderland of colour. The wonder of a parched landscape little by little evolving through the seasons into a substantial carpet of wild bouquets is amazing. The finest time to see this special floral exhibit is from mid-August to October.

To do Namaqualand properly, just one would consider a leisurely push as a result of the fields of flowers, stopping off at the mother nature reserves and charming towns alongside the way. Bear in mind that accommodation in the location is normally booked out a 12 months in advance as much more foreigners listen to of these wildflowers, which are unparalleled wherever.

To see all the distinctive species of bouquets in the area, get The Botanical Modern society of South Africa guides to Nieuwoudtville SA Wild Flower Information and Namaqualand SA Wild Flower Guide one. You will find also Freeman Patterson’s Backyard garden of the Gods and Fynbos by Richard Cowling.

Towns Along The Way


The locals in this spot are as spectacular as their colourful surroundings. They are handy and present tips on the place the most effective flowers are. The moderately priced Kamieskroon Lodge, the city B&ampB’s and the neighbouring farms all offer you splendid lodging. Get in touch with the Namaqualand Tourism Centre for your decide on of areas to continue to be. Roads major out from Kamieskroon go up into the hills to the city of Leliefontein the place you will discover an enchanting previous mission station. It truly is worthy of travelling further afield to the rugged west coast of stormy seas and rocky outcrops at Hondeklip Bay and Groenriviermond.

The 50 000 hectare Namaqua National Park is a botanical and ecological conservancy whose welcoming conservationists will gladly respond to queries on the flora and fauna of the region. The reserve stretches around from the town of Garies northwards to the cities of Springbok and Steinkopf. The places most visited are around the towns of Springbok and Nababeep. The Spektakel (spectacle) ridge is a will have to see with its profusion of flowers. The even further north you journey from Kamieskroon to Springbok, the a lot more stunning the display screen of species in a great time.


The town of Nieuwoudtville is a geological treasure situated on the Bokkeveld escarpment. Inside the surrounds of just 20 kilometres the plant existence variations from fynbos, to renosterveld, to karoo. It has the richest bulb (geophyte) selection in the entire world. Species include the well-known spring daisies, the ignore-me-not spouse and children, pelargonium (with its bizarre designs), heliophila (sun lover), vygies (minimal figs), and the iris and rose loved ones.

The city has its very own wild flower reserve there is also close by Oorlogskloof Mother nature Reserve, a large basic of wilderness rock formation and rock art. You can watch a 90-metre superior waterfall in an historical Gondwanaland geological fault. Browsing the close by ‘secret’ forest with its kokerbome – unusually formed trees with odd arms coming out of their trunk – tends to make you really feel like you might be within ‘Lord of the Rings’ territory. The non-public farms in the area are open up to the general public and normally have the most spectacular array of flowers. There are a couple of farms that regulate to blend professional farming with the cultivation of floral wealth.

Tips on scheduling your Flower Escapade []

Bouquets are greatest considered from 11:00 to 15:00 on a sunny day

A neat box is critical for casual, off-street picnics

Really don’t forget about relaxed walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, binoculars and insect repellent

Most of the bouquets are so little that you will never be capable to see and recognize them from a transferring automobile. It truly is correctly risk-free to get out the automobile and check out near-up

Acquire your flower guides, so you are up-to-day with the names of flowers you are viewing

By Bronwen Elisabeth Roberts