Spring is in the air...

It may just be wishful thinking, but I'm sure Spring must be coming... And with it, Flower Season.

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It may just be wishful thinking on my part because I've had just about enough of wearing my coat and gloves indoors and I really don't want to tempt fate, but today is such a beautiful day in the Mother City that I feel as though spring might be almost ready to sprung...!

Namaqualand flowers

This naturally led me to thinking about baby lambs frolicking about in fields, the colour yellow, fresh green buds on trees and of course, flowers! During five years of being in South Africa I am ashamed to say that I have somehow managed to miss the famous Flower Season every time.

Namaqua National Park, Flower season

The wild flowers can be found from as far south as Darling in the West Coast, an easy drive from Cape Town. For the full Flower Route experience however, take a few days to drive further north, through the Cedarberg, right up to Namaqualand in the Northern Cape.

Namaqualand flowers

This area is often overlooked by travellers en route to the Kalahari and at first glance seems little more than a dry, sparsely populated wilderness. But during the months of August and September, the area becomes a destination in itself, springing to life with carpets of the most spectacular flowers in every colour of the rainbow.

Copyright Tom Till, Namaqualand flowers

Quiet, unassuming little towns transform into a horticultural paintbox. The village of Nieuwoudtville, where the Hantam National Botanical Garden can be found, is a hidden gem and well worth a visit at any time of year, but really comes into its own during flower season.

Namaqualand flowers

There are plenty of guesthouses and farms to stay in along the route, but be warned, because the flower season is so short, they get booked up well in advance so book early!

For handpicked accommodation all along the Flower Route, click West Coast, Cederburg and Northern Cape.

Images copyright various online sources.

by Rebecca 28/07/2015

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