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Namakwa Flower Route

Namakwa Flower Route
Namakwa Flower Route

 

Namakwa Flower Route


The spring wild flowers of the Namakwa are a phenomenon that never ceases to amaze and delight. This apparent wilderness of semi-desert is suddenly transformed, into a pageant of flowers. The Namakwa Flower Route lies roughly 5 hours north of Cape Town. The first flowers start blooming near Cape Town and the Potsberg section of the West Coast National Park close to Langebaan presents an exciting floral display. However, the real flower show belongs to a series of drives to towns like Garies, Springbok, Kamieskroon and Port Nolloth, north along the N7 highway. 

Included in the wild flower route are the Richtersveld National Park, Goegap Nature Reserve and Skilpad Wild Flower Reserve. Alexander Bay and the Orange River mouth and estuary is a must-see point on any flower itinerary. Wild flowers can be seen all over the Namakwa, West Coast and Olifants River Valley and towns such as Citrusdal, Clanwilliam, Lamberts Bay, Nieuwoudtville and Vredendal will not disappoint. 

Almost 4,000 different species of plant seeds await germination, which is dependent on the rainfall. Enquire at the local tourist information bureau to find the best floral hot spots. Several hiking and cycling routes allow close scrutiny of the indigenous flora, including the Goegap Nature Reserve, where picnic spots and overnight facilities are available. 

Information courtesy of http://experiencenortherncape.com/