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One of the most special experiences you can have in Namaqualand (the Northern Cape of South Africa) and the neighbouring south of Namibia is the extraordinary privilege of witnessing the desert literally bloom.
Unfortunately this spectacle is not something that you can plan to see because it's simply too unpredictable: if you are so lucky, then it's an absolute bonus.
The best chance of seeing the wild flowers in the south of Namibia is in the Southern Hemisphere late winter/early spring between July and September when the daisies burst into bloom. Exactly when and where the flowers will be at any given point in time is pretty random - ask at tourist offices and accommodation along the way for the best local insight.
After summer rain, you may often see the desert carpeted in little primrose yellow flowers, which looks beautiful: just be careful if you're wearing sandals or flipflops, because this creeper isn't called 'devil's thorn' for nothing!
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