Rainfall, Skilpad section, Namaqua National Park:
April 2011: 3.3mm
May 2011: 65.8mm
June 2011: 75.93mm
July 2011: 39.11mm
August 2011: 36.98mm
Rain fell at regular intervals in the Skilpad section. At this stage it looks promising that the season can still last quite a while longer.
The orange carpets (Ursinia sp.) at Skilpad is probably at its peak right now. Other species are also in full bloom, including Varkiesknol (Conicosia sp.); Sporries (Heliophila sp.) Katstert (Bulbinella sp.) and Pietsnot (Grielum humifusum), to name but a few. Colorful Gazanias is dotting the whole landscape as well.
The areas around Soebatsfontein have some beautiful patches of purple and yellow vygies. The pass between Skilpad and Soebatsfontein (4×4 only) is also very rewarding. The road to the park has nice patches of a variety of flowers. The farm just before you reach the park is quite impressive.
The coastal areas is coming in its own now. The dominant flowers here is a variety of vygies (succulents). Please note that you need a 4×4 for the Namaqua National Park coastal section.
The road to Skilpad was graded on 01/09/2011.
Further afield most of the road reserves have a variety of flowers. Springbok, Nababeep and Okiep is spectacular. The little town of Kamieskroon is really worth a visit and to spent time at. Goegab is beautiful as well. The road from Kakamas to Springbok has a surprising variety and offers something different. The road to Arkoep has a large orange field, amonst other. The road to Leliesfontein has large fields of white, orange and yellow flowers of various species.
(Once again these are only the areas I have seen personally, I’m sure there are many other places as well!)
BERNARD VAN LENTE
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