The West Coast of the Northern Cape is definitely off the beaten track, which adds to its romantic appeal. Namaqualand has long been renowned for its rich plant life and mass displays of flowers in spring. The rugged and pristine shores however have remained virtually unknown to the public as it is within the restricted and previously forbidden diamond mining areas after they were found there in 1925. Shiny stones are not the only treasure to be found here. It is a mysterious, dramatic and unspoiled part of coastline which also holds great indigenous natural treasures.
We left the Western Cape for the Northern Cape where we spent five days exploring the many indigenous plants, birds, animals and insects found in the Strandveld there. Whilst walking amongst the coastal dunes we even saw dolphins hunting close to the shore.