South Africa is famous the world over for the incredible diversity and beauty of its native flora. Although it represents less than 1 percent of the world’s total land surface, South Africa accounts for 10 percent of all known species of flowering plants. Of these, 80 percent are endemic, found only in South Africa. Anyone who loves flowers or gardening will recognize floral “friends” among the most flamboyant of South Africa’s native species—the proteas, geraniums, amaryllis, freesias, ice plants, gladiolas, and gazanías. The first of our back-to-back Cloud Ridge African trips in 2012 focused on the flora of South Africa and we were fortunate to hit one of the best springtime blooms in a decade! All these photos were taken by me in wild settings and not in botanical gardens or cultivated settings.
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