The Namaqualand region extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the small town of Pofadder in the east, and from the great Orange River in the north to Garies in the south. The dry summer months of this region contrasts the beauty of the annual wild flower appearance that transforms the area completely. After the winter rainfall the wildflowers invade the countryside for a brief moment. The Namaqualand is an arid region. The region extends along the west coast for over 600 miles and covers a total area of 440,000 km². It is divided by the Orange River into the Little Namaqualand to the south and Great Namaqualand to the north. Little Namaqualand forms part of Northern Cape Province and Great Namaqualand forms part of the Karas Region of Namibia. Great Namaqualand is sparsely populated by the Namaqua, a Khoikhoi people.
Namaqualand is a popular tourist destination during the early springtime. At this time the normally dry area becomes covered with a kaleidoscope of colour during the flowering season. This is known throughout South Africa as the daisy season, where orange and white daisies spring up from a previously barren site. The Namaqua National Park has been established to protect this unique phenomenon of South Africa
Information on Namaqualand Towns