Desert bloom, South Africa and Namibia (Ariadne Van Zandbergen_Lonely Planet)

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July - September
Water can transform most barren landscapes into lush, blossoming wonders, but a quarter of the blooms in Namaqualand cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Hardy seeds tucked deep inside the soil lie dormant for years, flourishing into a kaleidoscope of plants, including nearly 4,000 species. Daisy season is when dusty valleys are carpeted with flaming orange daisies and marigolds, attracting exotic butterflies, birds and the Earth's smallest tortoise - the Speckled Padloper.

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