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NAMAQUALAND FLOWER TOUR | NAMAKWALAND BLOMME TOER | WEST COAST TOUR

 

Bookings are open for the Namaqualand Flower Tour - Book now!

The 8 Day Namaqualand Flower - West Coast Flower Tour 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 color 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, 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:
03 August 2024- 13 seats available Book Online BigSixTourSafaris
12 August 2024 - 13 seats available Book Online BigSixTourSafaris
21 August 2024- 13 seats available Book Online BigSixTourSafaris
Pick-up Location:
Boksburg, Potchefstroom, Klerksdorp
Pick-up Time:
Starting 05h00 at Eastrand Mall Boksburg, then continue to  Mooirivier Mall Potchefstroom and last pickup Motlosana Mall Klerksdorp
Drop-off Location:
Klerksdorp, Potchefstroom, Eastrand Mall Boksburg 
Drop-off Time:
Between 18h00 and 18h30,
Passengers:
Min 4 people.
Trip Price:
TRIP PRICE:
per person sharing R14,500
Single Person R15,500

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.

NAMAKWALAND BLOMME TOER

Day 1 - Johannesburg - Northern Province - Upington - Kakamas - 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

Bed / Breakfast / Dinner

 

Distance traveled: 800 km

 

 

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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.

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

Accommodation in Springbok area (Depends on availability) /Guesthouse

Bed / Breakfast / Dinner basis

Distance travelled 350 km

NMAKWALAND BLOMME TOER

Day 3 - Namakwaland - Namaqualand - Lambertsbay

Springbok to Lambertsbay via Garies, Kamieskroon, and Skilpad Nature Reserve

After breakfast in Springbok, depart and continue our  journey towards Clanwilliam.

We will travel through the town of Garies, known for its beautiful wildflowers (during the blooming season).

Enjoy the scenic drive as you make your way to Kamieskroon, another area famous for its spring flower displays.

We will visit Skilpad Nature Reserve, located near Kamieskroon and take a detour and explore the reserve. Skilpad Nature Reserve is known for its stunning wildflowers and offers walking trails where you can immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the area.

After visiting Skilpad Nature Reserve, continue your journey to Lambertsbay.

Arrive in Lambertsbay and check into your accommodation.

Overnight stay in Lamberstbay.

Bed / Breakfast / Dinner basis

We will incorporate Skilpad Nature Reserve into our itinerary, you'll have the opportunity to explore its unique flora and experience the beauty of the Namaqualand region.

Day 4 - Cederberg - Veldrif - Lambertsbay - West Coast

Lambertsbay to West Coast and return to Lambertsbay

After breakfast, depart from Lambertsbay and head towards the West Coast. Visit Paternoster, known for its birdlife and beautiful beaches.

Explore Bokkom Laan, a quaint street famous for its dried fish (bokkoms) and local delicacies.

Continue to Veldrif, a charming coastal town situated on the banks of the Berg River.

Visit Elands Bay, a popular surfing spot known for its scenic beauty.

Explore Paternoster, a picturesque fishing village with whitewashed cottages.

Return to Lambertsbay in the late afternoon.

Overnight stay in Lambertsbay.

Bed /Breakfast /Dinner basis

Please note that the distances and travel times may vary depending on the specific routes taken and any additional stops you choose to make along the way. It's always a good idea to plan our day accordingly and allow for flexibility in your schedule to fully enjoy the attractions and scenery along the West Coast.

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Day 5 - Namakwaland - Namaqualand - Lambertsbay

Lambertsbay Clanwilliam to Biedouw Valley and Wuppertal, return to Lambertsbay

After breakfast, we depart from Lambertsbay and head towards Biedouw Valley.

Explore the scenic Biedouw Valley, known for its stunning landscapes and wildflower displays (during the blooming season).

Take in the beauty of the surrounding mountains and enjoy the serenity of the valley. Continue to Wuppertal, a historic mission village nestled in the Cederberg Mountains. Experience the rich history and cultural heritage of Wuppertal.

Return to Lambertsbay in the late afternoon.

Overnight stay in Lambertsbay.

Bed / Breakfast / Dinner basis

Please note that the availability and blooming seasons of flowers in Biedouw Valley may vary each year, so it's advisable to check for updates and plan our  visit accordingly. Additionally, the specific attractions and activities in Wuppertal may vary, but you can explore the village and learn about its unique history and culture.

NMAKWALAND BLOMME TOER Great Karoo

Day 6 - Lambertsbay - Nieuwoudtsville - Calvinia

Lambertsbay to Calvinia via Vredendal, Vanrhynsdorp, Nieuwoudtville, and Loeriesfontein

Depart from Lambertsbay after breakfast. Travel through Vredendal and Vanrhynsdorp, enjoying the scenic landscapes along the way

Visit Nieuwoudtville, known for its stunning wildflower displays (during the blooming season) and the Nieuwoudtville Waterfall. Explore Loeriesfontein, a small town with a rich history and interesting attractions.

Continue our  journey through the Hantam Mountains towards Calvinia.

Overnight stay in Calvinia.

Bed / Breakfast / Dinner  basis

Please note that the specific attractions and activities in each town may vary, but we can explore the natural beauty and historical sites in the region as you travel from Clanwilliam to Calvinia. Enjoy the scenic landscapes and the unique charm of each place you visit along the way.

NAMAKWALAND BLOMME TOER

Day 7- Nieuwoudtville - Britstown - Kimberley

Calvinia to Kimberley via Orania

After breakfast, depart from Calvinia and make our way to Kimberley. En route, you will have the opportunity to visit Orania, a small town known for its Afrikaner cultural preservation. Explore the town and learn about its unique history and community.

Continue our  journey to Kimberley, the capital city of the Northern Cape Province.

Overnight stay in Kimberley.

Bed / Breakfast / Dinner basis

Please note that Orania is a private town.  In Kimberley, we can explore the city's rich diamond mining history, visit museums, and learn about its cultural heritage. We will overnight in Kimberley and make the most of the attractions it has to offer.

Day 8- Kimberley - Johannesburg

Kimberley to Johannesburg and Boksburg

After breakfast, depart from Kimberley and begin our  journey back to Johannesburg. Enjoy the scenic drive as we make our way to Johannesburg.

Upon reaching Johannesburg, your driver/guide will drop you off at your desired location. The last drop-off will be in Boksburg, marking the end of your Namaqualand tour.

Congratulations on completing your wonderful Namaqualand tour! I hope you had a memorable experience exploring the beautiful landscapes, wildflowers, and cultural highlights of the region. If you have any further questions or need assistance with anything else, feel free to ask. Safe travels!

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

Distance travelled 500 km

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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