An estimate 100 000 tourists visit Namaqualand, an inimitable natural area that crosses the Western and Northern Capes, every year to see the normally dry and desert-like countryside burst into colourful bloom So at a soft guess, that would mean there are at least 10 flowers for every tourist who goes to see them because the springtime wildflowers in Namaqualand are many in number, and truly amazing.
Where to go?
The West Coast National Park is just 1.5 hour’s drive from Cape Town city centre, and boasts a popular and colourful flower season annually between August and September. Depending on the amount of rainfall in the preceding winter months, here, Namaqualand daisies and more 3 500 floral species emerge in spring – from early August to the end of September – to offer one of the world’s greatest flower shows.
If you’ve got the time, drive even further up along the west coast to Namaqualand in the Northern Cape, where the flowers really start showing off.
One of the if i could… team members went in search of the beautiful blooms last weekend, and here are a few of the vibrant scenes she found:
The West Coast spring flowers are justifiably world famous. In a good year this botanical masterpiece puts on a show that is unrivaled anywhere on Earth. If you experience this natural wonder you will remember it for the rest of your life.
You can hire a car if you want to do it yourself, or hop on a tour bus and get to the west coast flowers and back home to Cape Town in a day trip easily. So make sure you apply for an internship in Cape Town today to get here in time to see the flowers still blooming!