Namaqua National Park, the Magical Blooming Desert of South Africa
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Namaqua National Park, the Magical Blooming Desert of South Africa

Namaqua National Park,Sudafrica

Namaqua National Park, the Magical Blooming Desert of South Africa

Namaqua National Park, located in the northwestern corner of South Africa, is a small protected area in the Northern Cape, bordering Namibia and Botswana. The park is part of Namaqualand, an arid semi-desert area which in Spring turns into an explosion of colors. This immense blanket of colorful flowers totally covers the ground and gives life to one of the most beautiful and extraordinary sites in nature with its unusual and unique forms.



The Namaqua National Park has over 3,500 species of plants, of which 1,000 can only be found in this area. During flowering it is populated with an infinite number of splendid butterflies, bees and birds that circle in harmony among the multicolored flowers. Along this route you can also find a rich variety of fauna, such as the South African pygmy mouse and many other typical desert species including reptiles such as the Cape spotted tortoise which is considered the smallest turtle in the world. The park is also home to gazelles, porcupines and baboons.



The best time to visit the park depends on rain season. The full bloom season runs from mid-August to the end of September, but often lasts until the first half of October. This corner of paradise is located 300 miles north of Cape Town and attracts a multitude of visitors from all over the world every year. Inside the park you can follow nature trails on foot, by bike or by 4x4. The area also features small tourist accommodations that despite being simple in nature, always sell out. It is recommended to book well in advance but keep in mind that it is strictly forbidden to pick flowers.



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