Springbok up ahead

I mean Springbok the Town, not the antelope. 🙂

The landscape here was pleasantly scenic, as the road began to twist and turn through the mountains surrounding the Northern Cape town of Springbok. The area here is known as the Namaqualand. The town was established in this valley between the granite domes of the Klein Koperberge (or Small Copper Mountains), because of the copper mines in the area.

Every springtime, if winter rainfall has been good, the dry scrubland is transformed into a carpet of stunningly colourful flowers; the nearby Goegap nature reserve is a popular destination during flower season, as are many other small towns all the way down to the Western Cape (e.g. at Seeberg and Postberg in the West Coast National Park).

 

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