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NAMAQUALAND FLOWER TOUR | NAMAKWALAND BLOMME TOER

The Namaqualand Flower Tour is a Small group tour leaving from Johannesburg and end in Johannesburg. The size of the group will determine the bus we take. We keep our transport in the luxury category. The advantage of a smaller group is that with a smaller bus we can go into more unique areas

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With the first rains of spring, the dry, dusty plains of South Africa’s “outback” are magically transformed into a carpet of colour as the Namaqualand wild flowers burst to life. Almost overnight, the normally drab semi-desert of the Northern Cape is suddenly covered in millions of cheerful flowers, which last from early August to late September. And contrary to popular belief – it isn’t just a bunch of daisies!

The flower season peaks between early August and late September and it is dependent on the winter rains and spring temperatures. Some years are better than others!

As a general rule of thumb, the wild flowers first begin flowering in the Namaqualand in late July/early August and then advance southwards through Nieuwoudtville and the Cedarberg towards the West Coast in late August/early September..

The best time to see the flowers at its best is between 10h30 and 16h00

The Namaqualand is a vast area of the Northern Cape, bordered by Namibia and the Orange River to the north, and the rugged, ship-wrecked coastline of the Atlantic Ocean to the west. It is a land of contrasts with a harsh climate that has created a myriad of life forms superbly adapted to their specific habitat. Every turn in the road paints an unforgettable picture of daisy-filled valleys, enormous granite outcrops, flittering birds and butterflies, eye-catching succulents and quiver trees, starry skies, wildlife, and the roaring Atlantic Ocean.

Pretoria/Johannesburg - Namaqualand - Namakwaland - Johannesburg/Pretoria

Departs:
Daily, On request
Pick-up Location:
Johannesburg or Pretoria
Pick-up Time:
Between 05h00 and 05h30 depending on location
Drop-off Location:
 location in Johannesburg/Pretoria
Drop-off Time:
Between 16h00 and 16h30, depending on location
Passengers:
Min 4 people. Max 20 people. (larger groups also welcome)
Trip Price:
On request

INCLUDES/EXCLUDES

Including in the Trip price

  • Accommodation as specified (subject to availability)
  • Meals as specified
  • Transport in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Excursions and entry fees as described in the program
  • Qualified and registered tourist guide/driver

Excluding in the Trip price

  • Meals not specified
  • Gratuities, Drinks, telephone calls & other items of personal nature

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • AUGRABIES WATER FALL
  • RAMSKOP NATURE GARDEN
  • ROOIBOS TEA FACTORY
  • VELD SHOE FACTORY
  • GOEGAAP NATURE RESERVE

DETAILED ITINERARY

 8 Day Namaqualand Flower Tour / Namakwaland Blomme Toer.


Day 1 - Johannesburg - Northern Province - Upington - Namaqualand

 8 Day Namaqualand Flower Tour / Namakwaland Blomme Toer.

Your driver/guide will collect you from Johannesburg/ Pretoria and departure time is 05h00.

You travel through the Northern Cape towards the Orange River (Gariep River) region, via the towns of Vryburg, Upington, and Kakamas, where you overnight.

Accommodation in Kakamas area

Bed &Breakfast.

Distance traveled: 800 km

Day 2 - Kakamas - Springbok - Namaqualand - Namakwaland

Continue to Springbok and visit the Augrabies Falls National Park. Few sights are as awesome or a sound as deafening as water thundering down the 150 deep & 56 meter wide Augrabies Waterfall when the Orange River is in a full flood. The Khoi (Bushman) people called it “Aukoerebis”, or place of Great Noise, as this powerful flow of water is unleashed from rocky surroundings characterized by the 18 km abyss of the Orange River Gorge.

Depart for Springbok, Namaqualand’s Wild Flower Capital. Springbok lies in a deep low plain between rugged mountains, about 600 km north of Cape Town.

It is the commercial and cultural center of Namaqualand.

Copper was discovered on the farm Melkboschkuil in 1850 and a mine was established. The mine became the first commercial mine in South Africa, but was worked out by 1888.

In 1863 the town was mapped out and built around the copper mining industry.

Namaqualand is probably the world’s most awe inspiring floral kingdom . It is believed that “You have not seen any flowers until you have experienced the splendour of Namaqualand in full flower”. Each year in spring (July – September), Namaqualand hosts the most spectacular show on earth.

Situated in what is probably the most arid part of South Africa, the stark contrast between winter and spring can nowhere be more dramatic than in this part of the world.

A multi-coloured wildflower carpet grows almost overnight, enticing thousands of people to visit the area and share in the bounty of Mother Nature. One of the special sites to visit is the Goegap Nature Reserve.

You will spend part of the day at the Namaqualand National Park near Kammieskroon. A circular drive and a few short walking trails let the visitor experience the incredible floral diversity of the area

Accommodation in Springbok area (Depends on availability) /Guesthouse

Bed &Breakfast basis

Distance travelled 350 km

Day 3 - Namakwaland - Namaqualand - Vredendal

We leave Springbok and travel south, via Kammieskroon, Garies and Vanrhynsdorp is  known as the bulb capital of the world.  You will visit the Nieuwoudtville waterfall and then drive though various huge fields of wild flowers and amongst these flower fields, you will find more than 300 species of geophytes and beautiful bulbs that have been lying dormant. They present themselves in great abundance in springtime “as carpets of blooms”" also rain dependent.

Accommodation Vredendal

Bed & Breakfast basis

Distance traveled 250 km

Day 4 - Cederberg - Clanwilliam - Lambertsbay - Namaqualand

Today you visit Clanwilliam, Lambert's Bay area and the Cederberg. It is in this region where the much loved Rooibos tea is cultivated. A visit to the Ramskop Nature Garden,  the Rooibos tea factory, and also the Veldshoe Factory (vellies) today.  You will also have a glimpse of the Atlantic Ocean, while travelling to Lambert's Bay

Accommodation Vredendal 

Bed & Breakfast basis

Distance traveled 600 km

Day 5 - Vanrhynsdorp - Nieuwoudtville - Namakwaland

Nieuwoudtville, the flower bulb capital of the world, where the bulb species grow on the "Boland of the Namaqualand" is on your sightseeing list today. The Nieuwoudtville Waterfall, 100 meter deep and the Succulent Nursery in Vanrhynsdorp, gives you another day of hunting for the most beautiful areas of wildflowers.

Accommodation in Nieuwoudtville
Bed & Breakfast basis

Distance travelled 150 km

Day 6- Nieuwoudtville - Calvinia

Today, you leave the highveld of Namaqualand, and continue to Calvinia, into the Hantam. Here you hunt for another treasure of unique vistas and wild flowers and yet another day of taking in the beauty of this region.

Accommodation in Nieuwoudtville
Bed & Breakfast basis

Distance travelled 150 km

Day 7- Nieuwoudtville - Britstown - Kimberley

Leaving the southern region of Namaqualand via  Britstown to Kimberley .

Accommodation in Kimberley
Bed & Breakfast basis

Distance travelled 150 km

Day 8- Kimberley - Johannesburg

Return home from a wonderful Namaqualand Flower Tour and arrive late afternoon In Johannesburg

8 Day Namaqualand Flower Tour - 8 dag Namakwaland Blomme Toer



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PLACES OF INTEREST

Nieuwoudtville

Nieuwoudtville: Known as the place of hidden treasures, Nieuwoudtville boasts the biggest variety of indigenous bulbous plants (500,000) in the world. Other sights include the Glacial Rock Striations which date back 280 million years; the 100m high Nieuwoudtville Falls on the Doring River; and the quiver tree forest, which is the largest and southernmost colony of Aloe dichotoma.

Skilpad Wild Flower reserve

Skilpad Wild Flower Reserve: Situated in a mountainous area about 25km from Kamieskroon, Skilpad incorporates a shrubland and abandoned wheatlands.

It has recently been incorporated into the Namaqua National Park and should not be missed.

Knersvlakte

Knersvlakte: This wasteland is home to the richest succulent populations on earth.

Springbok

Springbok: Enjoy the amazing display of flowers and rock formations, and discover the interesting copper mine history of Springbok.

Ramskop Wild Flower Garden

Ramskop Wild Flower Garden: Situated near Clanwilliam in the Western Cape, Ramskop is one of the best displays of wild flowers in South Africa.

Postberg Nature Reserve

Postberg Nature Reserve: Set within the West Coast National Park, the reserve boasts the greatest variety of birds, game, and Sandveld flowers in the Western Cape

Goegap nature Reserve

Goegap Nature Reserve is a 12,000 ha wildflower reserve outside of Springbok where you can pack a picnic, visit the Hester Malan Wild Flower Garden, and drive a scenic 17km route.

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