Every year, the dry and dusty landscape of Namaqua National Park transforms into something spectacular. Wild flowers, as far as the eye can see, create a wonderland and visitors from afar stream to the Skilpad Wildflower Reserve to enjoy this piece of paradise.
The flowers usually arrive from early August until September, but always depend on the winter rain. More than a 1000 of Namaqualand’s estimated 3500 plant species occur nowhere else on earth.
While you are in the area, make time to visit the coastal section between the Groen and Spoeg River. Here flower watching goes hand in hand with crashing waves, unspoilt coastline, caves and quartz patches. The vegetation is more diverse and the colour varies dramatically from the predominantly orange daisies at Skilpad. Blotches of pink, yellow, white, and purple decorate the landscape. The moisture from the sea also keeps them going for longer. Explore the beauty via the Caracal Eco Route (4×4 needed).
This flower display is a truly remarkable experience and well worth making the effort to see. If you haven’t been this year, the visuals below are sure to inspire you to start planning for next year, and we highly recommend that you do.
Photographs by René de Klerk – www.sanparkstimes.co.za.