Namaqualand flower power desert in South Africa

One of the spectacles in Africa is the flowering of a 600-mile strip of coastal desert in Namaqualand. Once a year it becomes carpeted with blooms, in a similar way to the phenomenon of Flowered Desert in Chile. Plants compete to attract their pollinators with colour, as the water is scarce and the show will not last long.

This marvel featured an episode of David Attenborough's new Africa series. Up to date, we could say that this is the definitive documentary about this massive continent; Exploring from the Atlas mountains in the north, right the way across to the Cape of Good Hope. From Ethiopian Highlands across to where the Congo rainforest meets the sea.

Several teams from BBC were sent in sometimes, long expeditions, just to get a few precious minutes of footage for the final cut. Africa: Eye to Eye is the result of four years of work, and has amazed looking for new species, new behaviors and new ways and styles of filming. From all these tones of wonder, in this occasion we are visiting the florid explosion in the west coast of South Africa:

Namaqualand Flowers
Polychrome fields. The semi-desert landscape of Namaqualand shows very little flora during most of the year.
Image by Sam Agnew

Namaqua Flowers
It's not after the winter's rains, in August and September when the Spring inflames the arid fields.
Image by Martin Heigan

Namaqua National Park
Thanks to the vehicles in the background we can assert that we are not on drugs.
Image by Sam Agnew

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Daisies overdose. This is the hay-fever sufferers apocalypse.
Image by Sam Agnew

Namakwa Flowers
Contrast: no need to cheat saturating colours, nature is here to help.
Image by Sam Agnew

Fields of flowers
There's someone else that can't miss the party: millions of insects in breeding frenzy.
Image by Sam Agnew

Skilpad Wildflower Reserve
In Namaqualand grow a large variety of flowers that can't be seen anywhere else in the world.
Image by Frames-of-Mind

Only small areas of this ecosystem are protected, like Namaqua National Park and Skilpad Wildflower Reserve.
Image by Malcolm Manners

Namaqualand South Africa
Even the hills are literally paved in blooms.
Image by Malcolm Manners

Namaqua Park
Timelapsers alert: why not filming this annual dazzling transformation?
Image by Martin Heigan

Namaqualand Flowers Best Time
The sole issue is predicting the best time to be in Namaqualand, as the flowers bursts into life depending on rains.
Image by Martin Heigan

Postberg Flower Reserve
Also going south, the Postberg Reserve is a great place to view flowers close to the seaside.
Image by Alison Westwood

Namaqualand Africa
These lands have a high concentrations of succulent plants, the ones that are thicker and fatter to retain water, like cactus.
Image by Martin Heigan

Succulent Karoo
Although this one is from the neighboring Namibia, we wanted to show you this succulent plant in all its delicious shape.
Image by Martin Heigan

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A last bath in orange before to go.
Image by Sam Agnew

Richtersveld Park
Nice setting. Wild donkeys live in these fields of flowers.
Image by Martin Heigan

The clip from Namaqualand that we would like to show you is not available. However, here is the trailer from the series not to be missed, Africa: Eye to eye with the unknown.

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