30 May 2011 by Kate Turkington

A unique floral adventure

In August and September the dusty valleys of Namaqualand in the Northern Cape are transformed into dazzling carpets of wild flowers that stretch to seemingly endless horizons.

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Because it’s one of our top tourist attractions, you may well have read about this natural miracle, or even seen TV documentaries.

Well, wait for it…because now for the very first time, only in August and September this year, the Namaqua National Park is setting up a mobile safari camp exclusively for the wild flower season. You’ll stay on the remote Atlantic shoreline in a fully equipped, simply furnished comfortable tent with its own canvas patio.

But you’ll have to be quick. Bookings are still available but only online at reservations@sanparks.org. If you’re driving yourself you’ll need a 4x4, but if you’re in a sedan you can book in at the SANParks office in Groen River, leave your car safely there and then be transferred to the beach camp.

Of course, you’re here to see the flowers - a unique display of the world’s richest bulb flora in scarlets, oranges, purples, yellows - colours that would have challenged even Van Gogh. And over a 1000 of these flowers you’ll find nowhere else on earth.

But when you’ve feasted your eyes then you can also test your driving skills on rugged 4x4 trails or just meander on foot along the wild coastline.

You won’t find the Big 5, but you may well spot the Namaqua Speckled Padloper - the tiniest tortoise on earth - which measures just 8cm long.

Category: Adventure, Attractions

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