Namaqualand & West Coast Flower Tour

For a brief peiod in July and August each year, the area of Namaqualand is transformed into a wild flower wonderland

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Namaqualand & West Coast Flower Tour

5 Days ; 4 Nights (Seasonal August & September)


For a brief period each year, nature rewards us by transforming the arid desert landscape of Namaqualand into a flamboyant Wildflower Wonderland. As the flowers are dependent on the amount and timing of the rain, one cannot predict when mother nature’s annual flower show will take place.


Day 1 : Cape Town to Clanwilliam

  • Through Paarl with its old Cape Dutch architecture and beautiful oak tree-lined main street
  • Via Wellington passing a tapestry of olive orchards, vineyards and mountains
  • Travel via Riebeeck West and Riebeeck Castle – a scenic journey passing the ever-changing colours of majestic mountain ranges, fruit orchards, vineyards and wheat fields
  • Through the rugged Piekenierskloof Pass with its stunning scenery and a phenomenal succession of one sweeping curve after the next, to arrive in the Olifantsriver Valley (translated meaning Elephants River Valley)
  • Via Citrusdal, well-known for its export-quality oranges
  • Arrive in Clanwillian
  • Explore the Ramskop Nature Reserve. Each year during August and September, depending on the preceding winter’s rainfall, the area is transformed into a floral showcase. The Wild Flower Garden contains a variety of more than 350 species of cultivated wild flowers. The walks on the laid-out paths through the garden also offer a beautiful view over the Clanwilliam Dam and of the Cederberg Mountains
  • The greater part of Clanwilliam falls within the world renowned Cape Fynbos Biome. Fynbos is recognised as one of the 6 floral kingdoms in the world. More than 8 500 varieties have already been identified, of which more than 6 000 are endemic (occurring only in a specific area). Various endangered endemic fynbos species can be found in the area

Overnight venue: Guest house in Clanwilliam

Day 2 : Springbok and Naries


  • Over the Pakhuis Pass to enjoy the rugged scenic beauty of the Cederberg Wilderness area. The endangered Clanwilliam Cedar (Widdringtonia cederbergensis) and the Snow Protea (Protea cryophila) grows exclusively in isolated sites in the Cederberg Wilderness Area.
  • Vast open spaces (hopefully decorated by nature with pockets of wildflower carpets) en-route to Springbok, in the heart of Namaqualand.
  • Visit the Skilpad Wildflower Reserve within the Namaqua National Park
  • Just outside of Springbok, we arrive in Naries to book into our accommodation venue.

Overnight venue: Guest house in Springbok or Naries

Day 3 : Goegab Nature Reserve


  • Explore the Goegap Nature Reserve : 20 000 hectares  of plains, rocky outcrops and granite “koppies” featuring 580 indigenous plant species and rare succulents found nowhere else. Hester Malan Flower Reserve, a riot of colour in springtime. Mammals include the mountain zebra, gemsbok and 94 bird species.
  • Leisure time or explore other Flower surprises on the day (e.g. on local farms) as advised by the local experts

Overnight venue: Guest house in Springbok or Naries

Day 4 : West Coast & Kersefontein


  • Return to the West Coast
  • Arrive at Kersefontein, a working farm and now a National Monument. Experience the unique and romantic beauty, tranquillity and isolation.

Overnight venue: Guest house in Springbok or Naries

Day 5 : West Coast to Cape Town


  • Langebaan, a popular little holiday village situated on the 18 kilomtre Langebaan Lagoon
  • West Coast National Park, and pay a leisurely visit to Postberg, an ecologically sensitive area that is specially opened to the public during the brief flower season. Most of the time will be spent in this area so that the flowers can be enjoyed to the fullest.
  • Via the seaside village of Yzerfontein
  • Last stop is at Bloubergstrand where one can enjoy the postcard view of Table Mountain with the endless beaches of Table Bay in the foreground; the Bay frequented by colourful wind- and kite-surfers on windy days.
  • Arrive back in the Mother City (Cape Town)


Why tour with us?


  • Complete flexibility with itineraries, routes, timeframes, start and end destinations to suit your pace and unique requirements on our private tours
  • Superb Tour Guides ensuring unforgettable travel experiences, insights and interesting conversations
  • Comfortable Air-conditioned Tour Vehicles
  • 24x7x365 Travel Support to guests booked on our tours and safaris
  • Excellent service and Value


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