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Namaqualand is an arid region along the South African western coastline, running from more or less the Richtersveld in the north to the Bokkeveld mountains in the south. It is the geophyte capital of the world, with the largest concentration of lilies, irids and other bulbous plants found anywhere. In spring, the region is usually a tapestry of flowers. However, we chose one of the leanest years in recent memory, and the flowers were on the whole disappointing. In spite of the lack of flowers, the region's wonderful people, rock formations, history and peaceful atmosphere are some of the reasons why a visit here is always worth the effort.
The West Coast is skirted by the cold Benguela current, receiving mostly winter rainfall, and is a continuation of the floral diversity of Namaqualand and the fynbos regions. The West Coast National Park is simply extraordinarily beautiful, and the Postberg section, open only during August and September each year, is without comparison. It is within a short day trip from Cape Town, and a must do whenever visiting the Western Cape during spring.