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NAMAQUALAND DAISIES

Posted on Friday, 10th Jul 2015

Every year, between the months of July and October, thousands of people flock to Namaqualand to catch a glimpse and photograph one of the most concentrated biodiversity hotspots in the world. Almost 4000 diverse species of plants burst forth and produce a floral mosaic of colour that never ceases to enrapture visitors from all over the world.

The Namaqualand Daisies Route is 780 kilometers long. The evidence of flowering begins in Cape Town and continues up the N7 through the Richtersveld National Park as far north as Alexander Bay. It takes a couple of days to fully admire the multiple kaleidoscopes of colour and drive to the different towns; such as Garies, Springbok, Kamieskroon and Port Nolloth.

There are several options for routes to go flower spotting. One of the most popular however is to head to Springbok first and foremost and then have a leisurely drive back down towards Cape Town along the N7, while veering off the main route from time to time to traverse and appreciate the blankets of flowers that cover the surrounding areas.

It is best to view the flowers during the hottest part of the day, between 11h00 and 15h00, and with the sun on your back as the flowers turn their heads to follow the sun, giving you the optimum observation point for the speckled sea of colours.

Posted in Jewels of Southern Africa

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