Part of the reason we left the Midlands when we did was so that we would make it to Namaqualand during the infamous flower season.
The Cape Wild Flowers are one of the natural wonders of the world. The arid areas of the Cape West Coast and the semi desert of Namaqualand, transform into a floral wonderland.
Heading straight west we drove through areas known for their flowers but it wasn’t until we started to go south along the coast that we really saw variety and flowers in abundance. The flowers pop in in single bursts or clumps of contrasting colours amongst the green, dry foliage. The region is know for being sparse and arid outside of Flower Season but in the two months the flowers are out, people head here in droves and tourism picks up. For many of the B&Bs and other accommodation offerings, Flower Season is their busiest time of year and it keeps them going.
The routes known for flowers sightings are packed with guides and advice on the best way to see the floors (in peak sun and traveling from the north because flowers follow the sun). The flowers grow along the side of the roads, across the landscapes and, in places, right up to the beaches.
Being at the tail end of the season we missed the tourists so shared the sight with only tortoises and the dogs. Its hard to imagine the area without the colour as it is the rest of the year.