The Western Cape province of South Africa is recognised around the world as a top tourist destination and it’s not hard to see why…

Boasting a diverse landscape, a wide range of unique activities, and warm hospitality, is what makes the Cape such a special place. It is hard not to stand in awe of the majestic mountains, glistening lagoons, white sand beaches, pristine forests, and fields of colourful flowers that encompass the Western Cape province.

If you’ve ever seen the fields of sunflowers in Italy, you will certainly appreciate the beauty of the West Coast National Park and Namaqualand National Park – the flower parks of South Africa.

Namaqualand

Namaqualand which is an arid region of Namibia and South Africa transforms with the winter rains into a gorgeous carpet of colour. During the annual flower season, red gazanias, purple cineraria, orange and black spotted gortevia, gousblomme, vygies, nemesias, lachenalias, babiana and ixias make their appearance. When spring arrives, the park takes on a different look, shimmering with the most beautiful white flowers.

The Namaqualand coastline is also a great spot for hiking, 4×4 trails, boating, angling, swimming in large natural pools of water, and visiting little historical towns.

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If you want to witness the beauty on Namaqualand then it is best to plan a trip in the later part of July or early August.

West Coast National Park

By early September, spring flowers are in full blossom in the West Coast National Park. During the month of August and September, one is able to see rooinaeljies, bruinsalie, rooimalva, suurvy, elandsvy, gousblomme, vygie, white rain daisies, sporrie, magriet and soetuintjies in the park. It is good to remember that flowers only bloom on sunny days, so it is often best to wait until mid-morning to take those postcard-worthy photosnaps.

Large areas of flowers are generally seen in the Seeberg\Mooimaak and Postberg regions of the park, and two hiking trails offer an up-close look of the flowers and an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the little Cape gray mongoose or bat-eared fox.

There are also four bird hides where one is likely to spot several bird species. Other places of interest in the West Coast National Park include the blue flag beach of McDougall’s Bay and Langebaan Lagoon – a popular destination for kayaking and kite-boarding.

 

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