Namaqualand is a large area covering much of the land along (and close to) the West Coast of South Africa. It starts at the Orange River (which marks the border with Namibia) in the north, and stretches all the way down to the mouth of the Olifants River, close to the northern edge of the Cederberg mountains.
The area is best known for the Namaqualand flowers that bloom there most springs. The area is usually very harsh and arid (and therefore is not densely populated). However if the autumn and winter rains have been heavy enough, and the spring is not too hot, then an incredible display of colour takes place from August to October.
Literally millions of flowers of different colours appear – they are often referred to as a kaleidoscope. The flowers are from a large number of species, but a large percentage of them are daisies. It is important to note that the flowers only open on sunny days, and the best way to view is to drive towards them with the sun behind you. A number of guided tours can be booked to see the flowers.
The most spectacular displays of Namaqualand flowers occur close to Springbok (the main town in the region). The Goegap Nature Reserve is a particularly good place to see them. Find out all you need to know about accommodation in Namaqualand.
If you do not have time to travel into Namaqualand “proper”, the spring flowers can also be seen in the Postberg Nature Reserve, close to Langebaan and only approximately an hour’s drive from Cape Town.