Namaqualand must be one of the harshest of regions in South Africa, yet once a year it becomes a canvas wildly splashed with magnificent colours that leaves visitors dumbstruck at its beauty.
My first introduction to this area on the west Coast, roughly between Namibia and Cape Town, was when I was four years old. My family and I drove all the way from Pretoria crammed in an old Dutsun to go and view the flowers. We passed through the dusty town of Springbok driving along the N7 and visiting Nieuwoudtville, Calvinia, Vanrhynsdorp and Lambertsbaai and going all the way down the Cedarberg Valley.More recently I drove the route again and it was wonderful to experience the flowers that were even prettier than I remembered. The time around we decided to go on a day trip driving up from Cape Town. Going on a hunch we decided to go to the Biedouw Valley,close to Clanwilliam and allegedly the closest place to Cape Town where a tourist will find the prettiest flowers in the Namaqualand. Continue reading