Namaqualand—South Africa’s Daisy Sensation—Namaqualand is dry for most of the year, an arid almost desert landscape which extends along South Africa’s western coast for 600 miles. Yet when the rains are good, something like a miracle happens. Water, the driving force of all nature, soaks in to the parched earth. An uncountable host of flowers materialize as if from nowhere, creating an extraordinary eruption of color, transforming the countryside and dazzling the eye.
The quiver tree or Aloe dichotoma is probably the best known aloe found in South Africa and Namibia. This species is a conspicuous component of the arid parts generally known as Namaqualand and Bushmanland. It occurs in rocky areas, from near Nieuwoudtville northwards into Namibia and eastwards to Upington and Kenhardt.A common phenomenon in the branches of these trees is the huge communal nest of weavers that live and breed by the thousands.