Tag Archives: Namaqualand and Tankwa Karoo

Matjiesfontein

The scenic little town of Matjiesfontein is like an oasis in the semi-desert of the surrounding Karoo. The name is derived from the mats (matjies) which the local people used to make from a type of sedge which grows locally. Once the home of a Victorian health spa and resort, the town, railway station and […]

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Tankwa Karoo National Park

The Tankwa Karoo is an enormous flat pan sandwiched between the rocky Cederberg range to the west and the Roggeveldberg to the east and stretching from Ceres in the south to Calvinia in the north. It is the driest land in all of South Africa, with summer temperatures regularly soaring into the 40’s. But the […]

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Namaqua rock fig

The Namaqua rock fig (Ficus cordata) is found in arid areas along the western side of South Africa (especially in the Succulent Karoo and Nama Karoo) and into Namibia. It is described in the Namibian Tree Atlas as a graceful tree, often drooping with light grey smooth bark which can look white at a distance. […]

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Namaqualand and Tankwa Karoo: A cloudy day

A cloudy day in Namaqualand is a bad one for going to see the flowers. No sun means that the flowers do not open properly, and you don’t see the carpets of colours that you do on a sunny day. But there are some advantages to a cloudy day. The light is less intense and […]

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The Namaqualand National Park

A guest post by Karl-Heinz for Notes from Africa The previous post in this series is The Clanwilliam Flower Show. The Tuesday, 28 August was a glorious sunny day and we went off to visit the Namaqualand National Park. As if by magic a tapestry of brilliant colours unfold enticingly along the winding roads of the […]

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Namaqualand and the Tankwa Karoo: The Clanwilliam Flower Show

I want to welcome Karl-Heinz Niemand, a new guest blogger to Notes from Africa. Karl-Heinz and his wife Sonette love going on camping trips to some of the more remote areas around Southern Africa. As it has been years since I’ve been to Namaqualand to see the Spring flowers, I was very happy when Karl-Heinz […]

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