The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Namaqualand

Afrikaans name: Namaqualand

A country road leading through fields of flowers in Namaqualand

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Northern Cape

Namaqualand is actually a region of land stretching for 1000 km up the west coast of South Africa into Namibia. The Orange River splits Namaqualand into two parts. South of the Orange River is known as Little Namaqualand while the northern part, which is in Namibia, is known as the Great Namaqualand.

The region is typically arid and sparsely populated. Namaqualand is known for its diamonds, fishing along the West Coast and, of course, flowers.

In early spring large portions of Namaqualand become carpeted with beautiful flowers. It only lasts a short time but the spectacle brings people from far and wide.

References and further reading

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 12

The Living Deserts of Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Darry Lovegrove - Published: 2021 - Page: 30

go! - Issue 086 - Author: - Published: 2013 - Page: 60

go! - Issue 161 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 34

Hit the Road - 2nd Edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2018 - Page: 35

Insiders Guide - Top Wildlife Photography Spots in South Africa - Author: Shem Compion - Published: 2010 - Page: 289

Country Life - Issue 256 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 60

Essential Birding: Western South Africa - Author: Callan Cohen and Claire Spottiswoode - Published: 2000 - Page: 97

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 351

Caravan & Outdoor Life - Issue 652 - Author: - Published: 2016 - Page: 60

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 207

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 207

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