NAMAQUALAND SPRING FLOWERS (TOUR 2) FLY JHB-CPT-JHB
The spring flowers of the Cape West Coast, Cederberg and Namaqualand in the Northern Cape have a worldwide reputation. This area of South Africa receives little rain throughout the year but after the winter rains from May to July/August, the normally dry landscape becomes a carpet of wild flowers with vibrant bands of gousblomme and vygies, as well as nemesias, lachenalias, babiana and ixias.
Every year, between late July and mid-September,parts of small towns in the Namaqualand region such as Springbok, Nababeep, Kamieskroon and Calvinia become covered with carpets of flowers, varying from pink daisies to Dimorphotheca pluvialis (the Namakwa daisy).
Namaqualand spring flowers are rated among the most spectacular in the world. In a recent article, The Telegraph named the region as one of the 20 greatest destinations on Earth for seeing flowers. In Namaqualand you will encounter daisies galore – splashes of mauve, together with seas of gold, delicate blues and rich greens that will fill your senses and be a feast for your eyes.
NAMAQUALAND FLY-IN FLOWER TOUR 2021
02 Sept. Depart on an early morning flight on Safair from OR Tambo airport to Cape Town. Arrive around 10h00 and you will be met by your guide and then depart immediately up the West Coast travelling north past Piketberg and over the mountains to Citrusdal where we make a lunch stop. After this continue along the flower areas where predominantly yellow and white flowers can be seen.
Pass Clan William where we will stop on the way back. Head for the sea and Lamberts Bay on the coast where we check into the Marine Hotel. (D) Late afternoon visit Bird Island.
03 Sept. This morning we take a drive to Van Rhynsdorp while we search for flowers and visit the succulent nursery at Van Rhynsdorp where dozens of little plants are grown from all over Namaqualand.
Return to Lamberts Bay by lunchtime and go straight to Muisbosskerm
where an amazing beach lunch awaits you with fresh bread coming out of the ovens on the beach and 16 different types of fish are cooked on the braai in front of you. This is a loooong lunch. After lunch we will visit some of the little bays in the flowers areas. Return to Lamberts Bay late afternoon. Dinner is included tonight if you can still manage to eat anything. Overnight. (B,L,D)
04 Sept. Today we find flowers as we head for Clan William. Here we visit Ramskop Nature Garden with flowers from all over Namaqualand and where you might be able to buy seeds to bring home and plant in your garden at home. Enjoy walking through this paradise of flowers.
After this visit we visit the Velskoen factory and then the Rooibos tea shop where you can buy local Rooibos tea products. We will stop for lunch.
After lunch we head into the Cedarberg mountains where we marvel at the different shapes carved out of the rock by wind and rain.
We visit Louis Leipoldt’s grave in the mountains where he asked to be buried.
Late afternoon we leave from Clan William and make our way to Citrusdal for overnight at the Cedarberg Hotel. Overnight with dinner. (B,D)
05 Sept. Today is another flower day as we head for the magnificent West Coast National Park that is a feast for the eyes.
We make our way slowly down the West coast back to Cape Town and to the airport for our late afternoon flight back to Johannesburg. Arrive back around 19h30.
Accommodation for 3 nights with breakfast and dinner daily and 1 speciality lunch
Entrance fees to Bird Island, Ramskop Nature reserve, West Coast National Park
Luxury microbus based on minimum 4 passengers with qualified guide.
Alcohol beverages or anything else of a personal nature
4 DAY FLY IN