Traveling north of Cape Town about 250 miles, we have arrived in Namaqualand, where wild flowers abound in the spring. It is mountain region interspersed with valleys of lush wild flowers, even though the spring rains have not been particularly plentiful. The diversity of plants, both annual and perennial is astounding, far greater than what is seen in our southwestern US deserts.
Along roadsides are great places to see a wide diversity of flowers.
Rocky outcrops harbor a number of animals as well. On top of this now was a meerkat sentry.
A Black Eagle, South Africa’s largest bird of prey sat atop another rocky outcrop.
Rock Hyrax, or Dassies as they are known here, also love the rocky outcrops, for protection from those predatory eagles.