by Claire Allison on Thursday, 08 August 2013
If you’re keen on checking out the wild flowers this spring, we’ve got all the information you need. Each year around early- to mid-August, parts of the Northern Cape and the West Coast are dotted with orange daisies, yellow pietsnot, purple and yellow vygies and white sporie. There are also plenty of quaint towns for travellers to visit while they enjoy the warmer weather and colourful, flower patchwork surroundings.
Springbok, Okiep, Nababeep, Concordia and Kamieskroon are all top destinations for viewing the famous blooms and the Namaqua National Park near Kamieskroon is also a flower destination to include on your itinerary for every flower season. The Goegap Nature Reserve near Springbok reopened to day visitors this August and is definitely worth a visit while you’re in the area.
The mountains are green and the smell of wild flowers lingers in the air so birders should pack their binoculars and bird books, as many feathered species come out to play round this time of year. Travellers staying over in some of the quaint towns along the flower route should pack warm clothes as the evening temperatures can drop to near-freezing.
Where to view flowers
Tips when viewing flowers
Namaqua/West Coast maps are available at all tourism offices. Travellers can phone the Namaqua flowerline 7 days a week on 079 2947260 from 8am to 8pm from 1 August to 1 October.
For ideas on where to stay and places to visit while you're in the area, check out the Karoo Highlands, the Kamiesberg and the Richtersveld Routes.
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