The Spring Wild Flower Tour
The Spring Wild Flower escorted tour of the West Coast, Cedarberg and north to Namaqualand focuses on an area of South Africa with a worldwide reputation. This area receives little rain throughout the year but after winter rains, the landscape is swathed with vibrant bands of flowers.
Our escorted Wild Flower tour combines flower-viewing along scenic drives. Visits to Ramskop Nature Reserve in Clanwilliam, Skilpad Nature Reserve in Namaqualand, Goegap Nature Reserve in Springbok and the Nieuwoudtville Nature Reserve. The tour begins with quite a long driving day but there is method in our madness.
We head north to Springbok so that we can spend the next couple of days travelling southwards in a leisurely fashion with the sun generally behind. The tour includes all the high points such as Goegab Nature Reserve, Skilpad wildflower reserve at Kamieskroon, the succulent nursery at Vanrhynsdorp, the flower paradise of Nieuwoudtville, Clanwilliam and the West Coast including Postberg Nature Reserve, the special botanical part of the West Coast National Park only open at this time of year.
Departures from Cape Town
- 20th August (Monday) to 24th August (Friday) 2018 Fully booked
- 27th August (Monday) to 31st August (Friday) 2018 Fully booked
Spring Wild Flower tour at a glance:
1 night Daisy Lodge, Springbok
1 night Agama Tented Lodge, near Garies
1 night Rooidakhuis, Nieuwoudtville
1 night Ndedema Lodge, Clanwilliam
Head north to Springbok for 1 night, Breakfast, Picnic lunch & Dinner
Leave Cape Town between 08:00 and 08:30 and head through the wheat fields of the Swartland and over the Piekienerskloof Pass. We descend into a different world. You are only two hours drive from Cape Town and yet the country has changed; wilder, warmer with a raw, dramatic beauty. Towering mountains, brilliant purple in the late afternoon light, preside over a fruit-filled valley laden with the scent of orange blossom in the spring. Hopefully we will start seeing the wild flowers along the road as we continue to Clanwilliam.
We break our long drive with a visit to the Ramskop Wild Flower Garden, which probably has one of the best displays of wild flowers in the country and looks especially fine during the flower season.
After visiting the Flower Garden we head off to Springbok through the wide swaths of wild flowers in the semi-desert area of Namaqualand, which comes alive each spring.
Overnight at Daisy Country Lodge situated 4km outside Springbok. With magnificent views overlooking the Koppies and valleys, Daisy Country Lodge is truly an oasis in this semi desert area.
Relax in the farm style environment, where you can take walks in the surrounding Koppies. After a tiring day, you can enjoy a nightcap at the Boma or just enjoy the brilliant stars and fresh unpolluted air.
Accommodation: Daisy Country Lodge
Located in: Namaqualand - Northern Cape - South Africa
Head to Garies for 1 night, Breakfast, Picnic lunch & Dinner
After breakfast we visit some of the surrounding towns while the day warms up. The flowers need a temperature of 16 degrees C (61 degrees F) to open so are best between 10 to 11 am and 4 pm. After visiting Goegab Nature Reserve we head south. We have a picnic lunch and visit the Skilpad Reserve in the Namaqua National Park near Kamieskroon. The flowers always face the sun and so are more spectacular when driving south. Continue to Agama Tented Camp for our overnight stay.
Goegap Nature Reserve is a wild flower paradise and is particularly known for its succulents in the Hester Malan Wildflower Garden. It features 581 indigenous plant species, including one rare succulent found nowhere else in the world, the bizarrely formed Halfmens or ‘half men’, which look like an armless person – hence the name.
Agama Tented Camp is a bush camp situated on 8000ha of prime Namaqualand soil skilfully hidden in a secluded kloof. Seven tents are raised 1.5m above the ground on wooden stilts each with its own private rustic bathroom with hot-water shower, basin and toilet. Please note that during cold winter evenings the bathrooms can get quite breezy.
There is about a 50 – 100 metre walk to the tents from the parking area. The friendly staff at Agama Tented Camp will make sure your luggage gets carried to your tent.
Agama boasts a traditional boma made out of local bushes, where visitors can enjoy drinks before a delicious farm-cooked dinner and experience the tranquillity which the Namaqualand nights offer. Guests are welcome to bring their own wine and beverages to Agama Tented Camp. A small range of soft drinks are available at the camp. Please note that Agama does not have any electricity at the camp and only makes use of lanterns for lighting in the tents. It is thus not possible to charge camera batteries or cell phones this evening.
Accommodation: Agama Tented Camp
Flower-viewing en route to Nieuwoudtville, 1 night, Breakfast, Picnic lunch & Dinner
Depart Agama and travel south to Nieuwoudtville on the Bokkeveld Escarpment, which looks west over Namaqualand’s arid Knersvlakte. The spring flowers here are particularly colourful with a varied range of species not encountered in Namaqualand. We visit the Nieuwoudtville Wild Flower Reserve with its bulbs and orchid species not found anywhere else in South Africa. Time permitting we may also visit the Nieuwoudtville waterfall if the river is in flood. Your overnight stay is at Rooidakhuis situated in Nieuwoudtville. Dinner is enjoyed at Nedersetting tonight.
Rooidakhuis is a little Northern Cape gem tucked away outside the little ‘dorp’ of Nieuwoudtville, known as the bulb capital of South Africa and one of the main areas for wild spring flower viewing during late July to mid September. This remote country area is swathed in flowers during this time but even during other months, there is something quintessentially South Africa about this area. The plant life is divided between the Cape Fynbos and the Karoo succulent’s species and so is particularly varied.
Biedouw Valley en route to Clanwilliam for 1 night, Breakfast, Picnic lunch & Dinner
This morning we leave the Nieuwoudtville area to continue down the dramatic Botterkloof Pass to visit the Biedouw valley with its splendid flower displays. We have a picnic lunch in the valley then leave in the early afternoon, driving over the Pakhuis Pass to Clanwilliam.
Your overnight stay is at Ndedema Lodge. Dinner is at a local restaurant.
Accommodation: Ndedema Lodge
Located in: Cederberg & West Coast - Clanwilliam
West Coast flowers and return to Cape Town
Leave Ndedema after breakfast and head to Lamberts Bay to visit the gannets on Bird Island and view the Sandveld wild flowers. Then we take the coastal route via Elandsbaai and the West Coast road to the West Coast National Park. In the Park we visit ‘Postberg Nature Reserve’ where Springbok, Eland, Zebra, Bontebok , bat-eared foxes and other animals graze amongst the daisies and gazanias. Wonderful views, and crashing waves are all part of our visit.
We stop to enjoy the picture postcard view of Table Mountain from Bloubergstrand, before we return to Cape Town. Your guide will drop you at your Guesthouse or Hotel in the late afternoon / early evening (approx 6pm).
Daisy Country Lodge
Daisy Country Lodge has magnificent views overlooking the Koppies and valleys and is truly an oasis in this dry desert area. The lodge is situated 4km outside of Springbok in the heart of Namaqualand on 25 hectares of land. The rooms are spacious and well-appointed with en suite bathrooms, private patio area, air-conditioning, satellite television, heaters for those cold winter mornings, stocked bar fridge, safe, hairdryer and tea/coffee facilities. The décor is country cheerful with lots of brightly coloured cushions and bedspreads.
Agama Tented Camp
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Ndedema Lodge is a superior guesthouse in historic Park Street of Clanwilliam. Ndedema’s great attention to detail is noticeable with bathrobes for guests, complimentary sherry, pamper boxes and fresh flowers in the rooms.
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