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Mention Namaqualand to a visitor to South Africa and wild flowers comes to mind. Yet this spectacular transformation of barren fields to carpets of stunningly beautiful and diverse flowers every spring is not the only attraction in this arid region of the Northern Cape Province. Namaqualand has a fascinating history and the small towns and settlements are filled with colourful characters and their strange dialects and unusual customs. It’s a place where diamonds lie scattered on restricted beaches and once-productive mines have fallen to ruin, many overlooked by fortresses erected on hills during the South African war of 1899 to 1902.
The Cederberg Mountain range falls within the Namaqualand area, as does the Clanwilliam Dam, both regularly visited by holiday makers, boaters, mountain climbers and hikers. Further north, the teal-tinged hills give hints of copper rich rocks.
For a truly enriching experience, take the time to engage with the inhabitants, to enjoy their hospitality and allow... Show more