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NC erupts in blaze of colour

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According to Northern Cape Tourism, the spring wild flowers have started to bloom and flora fanatics are already making their way to the Province to witness this annual display in all its glory.

IT’S THAT time of year when the Northern Cape erupts in a blaze of brilliant colour.

According to Northern Cape Tourism, the spring wild flowers have started to bloom and flora fanatics are already making their way to the Province to witness this annual display in all its glory.

Every August and September, when parts of the Northern Cape become carpeted with brilliant multicoloured blooms, the Namaqua National Park is usually the Province’s main flower-viewing drawcard – but there are plenty of other towns and parks where this miracle of nature can be witnessed.

There are two flower camps – the Namaqua Flower Skilpad Camp (inland) and the Namaqua Flower Beach Camp (coastal) – on offer in the Namaqua National Park from August 16 to September 8 2019.

The Skilpad Camp is located 22km from Kamieskroon and offers fully-catered luxury tented accommodation under a canopy of stars. Each tent is equipped with all the mod cons to deliver the ultimate glamping experience, surrounded by fields of daisies, as well as incredible vistas, granite outcrops, rolling mountains and a bounty of birds and wildlife.

The Beach Camp is situated right on the beach, 1km north of the Groenrivier entrance to the Namaqua National Park. It also offers guests a fully-catered luxury accommodation experience in safari tents overlooking the sea – resulting in a true oasis of rest and relaxation. The coastal flowers here include gorgeous vygies and hardy succulents.

At both of these camps, visitors can sit back and enjoy nature, sipping sundowners, reading a book or enjoying a relaxing picnic among the flowers – or they can venture out for a leisurely stroll or a bike ride through the park.

From September 8 to 15, SA National Parks presents its annual SANParks Week, in partnership with Total South Africa and FNB. During this week, day visitors will be able to visit most of the country’s 21 national parks for free.

This means that Northern Cape locals and visitors will be able to enjoy five of the Province’s national parks at no cost whatsoever during SANParks Week, including the Augrabies Falls National Park, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, the Mokala National Park, the Tankwa Karoo National Park and the Ai-Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park.

Other spots to sample the flowers are several private reserves including the Tutwa Desert Lodge in the Green Kalahari, Elandsberg cottages in the Tankwa Karoo National Park and Mattanu Private Game Reserve.

A number of events are also held in the Province to coincide with the flower season. These include the Namaqua Quest three-day Mountain Bike Stage Race (September 6 to 8) which is widely regarded as South Africa’s most beautiful and memorable three-day stage race, the Desert Knights MTB Tour (September 10 to 16) in the Ai-Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, the Ghaap River XTreme Festival (September 27 and 28) at Broadwater River Estate near Douglas and the Lazy Hippo MTB Stage Race (September 27 to 29) in the Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve.