Namaqualand, Northern Cape
Namaqualand, which covers 55 000km2, on first impressions, is a harsh, relentless, arid wilderness. Surface water is practically non-existent and subterranean water is brackish and hard to find. And yet, this is where one of the most remarkable wonders of nature occurs.
From early August to the end of September, provided there has been sufficient winter rain, the dusty valleys are transformed in to a wonderland, carpeted with wildflowers. With its winter rainfall, Namaqualand is home to the richest bulb flora of any arid region in the world and more than 1000 of its estimated 3500 plant species are found nowhere else on earth.
Throughout the area, amphibians and reptiles are well represented. Many mammals have adapted to these harsh conditions, including gemsbok, springbok, aardvark, baboon, black-backed jackal and leopard.
Aside from the flowers, activities in the area include hiking and cycling routes, picnic spots, historic architecture and tours, 4x4 trails and game drives.
Accommodation in Namaqualand comes in various forms. Visitors can enjoy self-catering accommodation, guesthouses, hotels, bed-and-breakfasts and tented camps.
Location: Namaqualand, Northern Cape
Tel: +27 27 672 1948
To find out more about Namaqualand, visit the SAN Parks website.