The Namaqualand Flower Route

Discovery & Exploration in the Northern Cape

The spring wild flowers are a phenomenon that never fails to amaze visitors to what is considered South Africa's "outback" – Namaqualand. The arid areas of the Cape West Coast and the semi-desert of Namaqualand, transform into a vibrant floral wonderland that attracts photographers, artists, botanists and sightseers from around the globe. Astonishingly, the floral carpet comprises some 3 800 species, of which 28% are endemic.

Must-have guide for visitors to the region – Wild Flowers of Namaqualand by Annelise le Roux (Struik Nature) R360 from leading bookstores and online at www.randomstruik.co.za.

The Namaqualand Flower Route lies about a five hours' drive north of Cape Town, in a series of drives that focus on the towns of Garies, Springbok, Kamieskroon and Port Nolloth, way up the N7.

The Namaqualand Flower Route lies about a five hours' drive north of Cape Town, in a series of drives that focus on the towns of Garies, Springbok, Kamieskroon and Port Nolloth, way up the N7. Included in the wild flower route are the Richtersveld National Park, Goegap Nature Reserve and Skilpad Wild Flower Reserve.

You will however also see wild flowers all over the Namaqualand, the West Coast and Olifants River Valley, and towns such as Citrusdal, Clanwilliam, Lamberts Bay, Nieuwoudtville and Vredendal.