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South Africa Holiday: Daises in Namakwa National Park (Namaqualand)

South Africa Holiday: Namakwa National Park

As if by magic a tapestry of brilliant colours unfold enticingly along the winding roads of the Namakwa (Namaqua) National Park in the Northern Cape. Butterflies, birds and long-tongued flies dart around among the abundance of flowers.

Namakwa National Park (sometimes spelt Namaqua) is home to the richest bulb flora of any arid region in the world and more than a 1,000 of its estimated 3,500 plant species are found nowhere else on earth.
During early August and September, seemingly overnight, the dusty valleys of Namaqua are transformed into a wonderland, carpeted with wildflowers.
The reserve is open during the spring flower season from 08:00 to 17:00. The flowers are at their best between 10:30 and 16:00. A fee is payable at the start of the 5 km circular drive.
Escape to the land of contrasts, where the rigorous climate has created a myriad of life forms superbly adapted to their specific habitat.
South Africa Holiday: Daises in Namakwa National Park (Namaqualand)

South African National Parks provides no accommodation in the park. Private accommodation is available locally (click on the map opposite to visit SANParks™ website).
Fields of flowers, star studded nights, quiver trees, enormous granite outcrops and the icy Atlantic are but a few wonders that await the visitor to what is truly the Creators’ playground.
Every turn in the road paints an unforgettable picture: valleys filled with "Namaqualand" daisies and other spring flowers that pulse with sheer energy and joy. Next to some eye-catching succulents, a porcupine and a tall aloe pay witness to a baboon overturning a rock and pouncing on a scorpion.
The Namakwa National Park falls within the winter rainfall region of South Africa. The highest rainfall period is between June to August. Average winter temperatures vary between 7 and 19 deg. C, while summer temperatures vary between 20 and 32 deg. C.
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