Tag Archives: Namaqualand

Looking back – my favourite guest posts

I have been lucky to have several talented writers and photographers agree to write guest posts for Notes from Africa. As I had done a “looking back” post for my posts last year, I thought I’d do the same for my guest bloggers. Before beginning with my favourite guest posts though, I’d like to thank […]

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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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Guest Post: 320 million year old glacier tracks at Oorlogskloof

Text and photos by Estie. The flowers of Nieuwoudtville are spectacular and well known, but I must confess that I have never been there in the flowering season, when the town is hive of excitement. I plan to go this year and hopefully I can show you some of my own photos. The “season” as […]

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Guest post: Quiver Tree Forest near Nieuwoudtville

Known as Choje to the indigenous San people, the Quiver tree gets its name from the San practice of hollowing out the tubular branches of Aloe dichotoma to form quivers for their arrows. Today these rare and beautiful trees have become something you see in pictures of faraway places. They need a special arid habitat […]

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Guest Post: Nieuwoudtville

Note from Lisa: Estie is Willie’s twin sister i.e. my sister-in-law, friend and faithful follower of my blog. She’s very modest in her “about me” bit when she says she’s “another scientist trying to write”, as she co-authored a Life Sciences textbook which was published last year! Lisa. Hi! Lisa has a policy about writing […]

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