Nieuwoudtville buzzes with visitors in spring when it claims its due as the bulb capital of the world. But out of flower season, there are some quiet gems waiting to be discovered.
The Cape West Coast's endless beaches, fascinating mountain ranges and colourful carpets of wild flowers during spring make it a popular local destination.
Africa's first superpark is a 3.6 million hectare amalgamation of the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana and the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa. It is a vast, still sea of rusted dunes, stretching for hundreds of kilometres in rippling rows sliced by two fossil rivers, the Nossob and
Namaqua National Park attracts visitors with its spectacular spring flower displays that transform the semi-desert landscape from early August to September.
The Northern Cape is big sky country and South Africa's largest and most sparsely populated province, making up around one-third of the country's territory. Time stands still in this vast, sun-baked region, where the travelling distances between its little towns are enormous.
Port Nolloth is an isolated West Coast fishing town on the edge of Namaqualand, and a great springboard for the Richtersveld National Park.
The Richtersveld is a beautiful desert wildnerness that harbours extraordinary biodiversity. The harsh environment and a multitude of different ecological niches have produced a hoard of rare and endemic plants.
The Karoo town of Sutherland is best known as South Africa's coldest town and the country's top stargazing spot.