Cape West Coast and Namaqua Flower Report August 2012
10 August 2012
Rainfall has been sufficient for the past 2 months, although later than normal. Rainfall, Skilpad Section, Namaqua National Park:
April 2012: 13.71mm,
May 2012: 14.74mm,
June 2012: 86.62mm,
July 2012: 35.30mm,
August: 11.93mm (to date)
The flowers at Skilpad is quite stunning. It seems to be better than previous years, and visitors will be missing something if they give Skilpad a skip. (It is a fallacy that there are no flowers in Namaqua this year - you just need to find out where they are!)
At this stage it looks like the flowers may last for quite some time, based on the countless young plants that still need to flower and the predicted rain.
The orange daisies (Ursinia cakifolia) has made bright orange carpets. Other species include Arctotis sp, Felicia australis and the 'Dassie Gousblom'. More colours include Varkiesknol (Conicosia elongata) Pietsnot (Grielum homifusum), Meidestert (Lapeirosia sp) and various vygie (succulent) species. The cattails (Bulbinella latifolia) is looking good as well.
The Caracal Edcoroute from Skilpad to Kookfontein is beautiful, particularly for vygies, but also various other species. Please note that you will need a 4x4 for this specific track.
The coastal vygies and other between the Groen river and Spoeg river is also coming along very nicely (Strictly only for 4x4 vehicles!).
Areas further afield close to the park: just past Spoeg river is worth the drive. The grootvlei pass to Hondeklip Bay via Soebatsfontein is also rewarding.