Flowers bloom in Nanaqualand © Winfried Bruenken
As featured on the BBC's Planet Earth series, every year the usually arid and desolate Namaqualand region of South Africa becomes transformed with the blossoming of the Namaqualand Daisies: spring wildflowers that bloom in an extraordinary variety of vibrant colours, and which give the landscape the beautiful, bewitching look of an impressionist painting. The wildflowers make their appearance between August and October, and are most easily viewed at the Postberg Nature Reserve (located in the West Coast National Park) or in the town of Darling, which features an annual Wildflower Show of extravagant floral displays. However, for visitors who really want to experience the full effect of the Namaqualand Daisies, a trip on the Namaqualand Flower Route is highly recommended. A trip on this route will take visitors through the Richtersveld National Park, the Goegap Nature Reserve, the Skilpad Wild Flower Reserve, Alexander Bay and the Orange River estuary, where the glorious tapestries of wildflowers are at their most unrestricted and awe-inspiring best. One of South Africa's most famous natural attractions, and a wonderful inclusion on any West Coast holiday itinerary, a pilgrimage to the Namaqualand to see its famous spring wildflowers is a highly recommend tourist activity.
Date: Late July to October 2016