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is located in the Northwest
of South Africa
This vast, arid area of rocky plains and stark mountains stretches almost 400km up to the border with Namibia
. The area is famed for it fabulous show of desert wildflowers each spring, June to October, but peaking in August and September.
Namaqualand South covers the part of the region closest to Cape Town and therefore most easily visited by self-drivers not also going on north to the Kalahari and Namibia. The town of Vanrhynsdorp is located out on the harsh rocky plains to the east, whilst Nieuwoudtville and Calvinia are higher and better watered. A circuit around both should ensure a good range of flowers in season ...
Oudrif ... is an exceptional accommodation option, a genuine eco-lodge built out of straw bales and offering a wide range of subtle experiences designed to unravel the wonderful desert landscapes of the area.
Papkuilsfontein Farm ... is a particularly interesting farm-stay, largely because it offers some good hiking, including a very impressive 'private' waterfall.
Namaqualand North is far lesser-visited, but does also have fewer decent accommodation options. At the junction of the N7 and N14 lies the regional capital of Springbok, a good base for various flower areas and more remote coastal regions ...Annie's Cottage
... is probably the best option in the town.Naries Namaqua Retreat
... lies around 30km off to the west of Springbok and is the most interesting out-of-town option.