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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


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

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

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

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 351

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

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

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

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

Insider's Guide - Top Wildlife Photography Spots in South Africa - Author: Shem Compion - Year Published: 2010 - Page: 289

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

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