The succulent desert of Namaqualand, South Africa, 100 mi/160 km north of Cape Town, hosts one of the world's most astonishing floral spectacles in August-September, when light rains transform the rocky plains into dazzling fields of multicolored flowers that stretch for miles/kilometers inland of the Atlantic coastline.

More than 10% of the world's succulent species are native to Namaqualand, including the fantastic kokerboom (quiver tree) and bulbous halfmensboom (half-human tree).

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