It’s that time of year again: Namaqualand’s world famous florals are back on display for our viewing pleasure. This vast array of wild flowers draws in visitors from all over, every year. And if you haven’t seen it yet, you’re missing out on one of the most beautiful sights in the world! Get there as soon as you can – the flowers are now in peak viewing season. Take Cederberg Travel’s tips along with you:
Make the most of your trip by seeing the fields as well as the area’s nearby attractions, including the flower show in Clanwilliam! Check out the Cederberg area’s fynbos, citrus farms and chocolate factories too.
Weather the storm
The area is normally dry, but it becomes a carpet of bright blooms after the winter rains. If the rains continue, the wonderful floral display continues for longer, but wet weather isn’t exactly ideal for traipsing through flower fields. Check out the expected weather for the dates of your trip and make sure to get there on a dry day for the full effect.
For a longer stay, plan to start in the North and move toward the South as your trip progresses – the flowers tend to bloom in that order. During the day the flowers face the sun, so that means traveling with the sun behind you gets you the best views: West in the morning, South during the day, and East toward early evening is the best way to go. The flowers are also best viewed between 10.30am and 4pm.
Rent a car for the longer distances; you can park and hike at any point when you want a closer look. Also make use of a tour guide if you want to really get to know the Cape Floral Kingdom.
Words: Modupe Oloruntoba