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Namaqualand Flower Adventure

Mention Namaqualand to a visitor to South Africa and wildflowers comes to mind. For a truly enriching experience, take us up on this offer.

FROM CAPE TOWN

R16 850

FROM DURBAN

R18 750

FROM JO’BURG

R18 750

per adult sharing

set for Departure, 26 Aug – 1 Sep 2021

Includes:

  • Return flights – where applicable
  • Accommodation in deluxe hand-picked guest houses
  • Meals as specified
  • All entrance fees to nature reserves and private farms
  • Transport in an 18 seater vehicle
  • Two professional tour hosts
  • Collection and drop off from Cape Town Airport
  • A small goodie/gift bag with some snacks and treats

Excludes:

  • Any drinks with or without meals
  • Gratuity for your guide and host (at your own discretion)
  • Travel Insurance: medical is compulsory and cancellation highly recommended

Group Size: 10 participants

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What you need to know.

What is the weather like? You can expect warm day temperatures averaging 20 C with cold nights of around 7 C. The weather during your tour is not under our control; we will do our best to visit alternative attractions in the region should there be a rainy spell and walking or viewing the flowers not possible.

Luggage restrictions: We suggest one medium-sized soft luggage bag (max. weight 20kg) and 1 piece of hand luggage inside the vehicle per person such as a small rucksack with your camera or handbag.

Seasonal variation in flowers: The flowers are totally dependent on the weather and rainfall conditions from year to year. We schedule all our tours to depart at the peak flowering period (mid-Aug- mid-Sept); however, we cannot guarantee that the weather conditions will be optimal in advance. We reserve the right to change the itinerary to include the best flowering regions for each tour departure and should the weather conditions affect the flower display your guide will ensure that you discover the best natural highlights of each region.

YOUR SPRING FLOWER ADVENTURE IS HERE

THE CAPE MILNER, CAPE TOWN

Airport by a representative from Compassline Africa and transferred to The Cape Milner where you have been booked to stay for 1 night, as follows:

The Cape Milner is a touch of class in the heart of Cape Town – a sophisticated sojourn against the majestic backdrop of Table Mountain. An eclectic mix of contemporary boutique and old-world charm, The Cape Milner is modern, boutique-style living in a secluded, yet convenient location.

Overnight: THE CAPE MILNER

CAPE TOWN – PATERNOSTER | WEST COAST NATIONAL PARK 

wEleave Cape Town and travel through the citrus filled valleys of the Olifants River to Postberg Nature Reserve, situated in the West Coast National Park between lagoon and sea. Keep a look out for the many birds and animals (eland, oryx, zebra, kudu, ostrich) contrasting prettily with the kaleidoscope of brilliant spring flowers carpeting the reserve. We spend time discovering flowers, enjoying a picnic, the wildlife and even whales if we are lucky! In the afternoon we make our way along the West Coast to the quaint fishing village of Paternoster for the night.

Overnight: AH! GUEST HOUSE & DE LINDEN BOUTIQUE GUEST HOUSE

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Ah! Guest House is a unique 4- star guest cottage situated in the fisherman’s village of Paternoster, well-positioned and in close proximity to the beach…beautiful blue sea & sunny skies during summer, a sea of blooms during the flower season, red wine and an indoor fireplace to keep you cosy during the rainy season. It is here where you can experience true Paternoster and West Coast hospitality.

De Linden Boutique Guest House is well-positioned in the middle of the village and in very close proximity to the beach. The rooms reflect the owner’s creative flair and attention to detail, offering beautiful views and areas for relaxing. Characterised by its elegance, delectable food and devotion to quality service, the guest house guarantees a relaxing and affordable boutique experience.

PATERNOSTER – CLANWILLIAM | WEST COAST FLOWER ROUTE

After breakfast, there is some leisure time to enjoy a walk on the beautiful white dune beach in front of our guest house and explore Paternoster village before we follow the scenic West Coast flower route discovering the Spring flowers and typical seaside villages along the way. In the afternoon we arrive in Clanwilliam and visit the Rooibos Teahouse to enjoy a tasting of a variety of teas. All of the rooibos tea grows on the slopes of the Cederberg mountain range in a 150km radius from Clanwilliam with the harsh climate and fertile soil combining to form a rare herbal treasure, only to be found in South Africa. We settle in Clanwilliam for the night.

*An extra highlight here is a visit to the Clanwilliam Flower Show (to be confirmed)

Overnight: BLOMMENBERG GUEST HOUSE

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Blommenberg Guest House is a modern Victorian-style building and offers a total of 13 spacious en-suite bedrooms. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning/heating, minibars, DSTV, tea and coffee making facilities and electric blankets in winter. Nine of the rooms overlook a lush garden courtyard with a swimming pool. The remaining four rooms are self-catering and are situated on the front veranda and offer a view of the Cederberg mountains.

CLANWILLIAM – CEDERBERG | ROCKART PAINTING, CALVINIA

This morning we set off into the spectacular Cederberg Mountains for a walk on the Sevilla Rock Art Trail to discover flowers and ancient rock art paintings left behind by the San people who inhabited the area for thousands of years.

We then travel over the spectacular Vanryns Mountain Pass to Niewoudtville, the flowering bulb capital of the world and home to hundreds of different flower species.

We check into our warm and inviting historic guest house in Calvinia for the next 2 nights.

Overnight: THE HANTAM HUIS GUEST HOUSE

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The Hantam Huis Guest House consists of a complex of restored authentic Karoo style houses offering a full range of en suite accommodation. All meals are served in the historic Hantam Huis, an authentic building dating back to 1854 and the oldest house in Calvinia. Dinners are presented here by candlelight and romantic music. Erwin and Alta Coetzee beautifully restored Die Dorphuis, circa 1860, to reflect its Victorian heritage. The Dorphuis literally transports you hundred years into the past.

This treasure chest has among others three luxury rooms, six outside rooms (four of these are original “nagmaal” rooms), as well as two modern suites. Stepping inside this National Monument, you’ll find every wall in every room a piece of art. Period pieces were carefully selected and placed to create a feeling of nostalgia.

CLANWILLIAM NIEWOUDTVILLE | FLOWER FARMS

We spend today exploring the natural wonders and wildflowers of Niewoudtville and its surrounding regions containing over 500 flora species and the richest concentration of geophytes (bulbs) in the world. Highlights include a botanical walk on a private farm and a visit to the Niewoudtville Wild Flower Reserve.

Overnight: THE HANTAM HUIS GUEST HOUSE

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

CLANWILLIAM/NIEWOUDTVILLE – CAPE TOWN

In the morning we have time for a visit to the nearby Quiver Tree Forest on a private reserve. The Aloe dichotoma (Quiver Tree) was used by the indigenous San people to make quivers for their hunting arrows in times past and the forest is the largest remaining concentration in South Africa.

We say our farewells and take the road back to Cape Town stopping for lunch with a special surprise in Citrusdal to celebrate our 6 days spent amongst the beautiful Spring flowers.

Overnight: THE CAPE MILNER MEALS: Breakfast & Lunch

THE CAPE MILNER – CAPE TOWN AIRPORT

After breakfast, please check out of the hotel and settle any extras direct. Our representative from Compassline Africa will collect you from the lobby of your hotel and will transfer you to Cape Town for your home bound flight.

MEAL: Breakfast

MORE ABOUT NAMAQUALAND

The beauty of the annual spring wildflowers of Namaqualand is an unforgettable and uplifting experience filling the senses with a vibrant array of colours, sweet aromas, the buzz of myriad insects and showcasing mother nature at her finest. Add to this your very own expert natural history guide, a selection of cosy hand-picked guest houses and sumptuous local country cuisine and you have the essence of our 5-day Spring flower adventure. As the peak flowering season is condensed into 4 short weeks, we recommend booking your place as early as possible.

Highlights we love about this adventure:

  • Getting outdoors in nature every day
  • The thousands upon thousands of flowers in every shape, size and colour
  • Discovering ancient rock art paintings in the Cederberg
  • Walking on a private flower farm in Niewoudtville, the bulb capital of the world
  • Delicious wholesome meals cooked specially for us by some wonderful in-house chefs
  • Staying in Paternoster, one of the prettiest fishing villages on the West Coast
  • A candlelight dinner at the historic Hantam Huis in Calvinia
  • Counting the incredible variety of flower species on a 1-meter patch of land
  • Walking in a Quiver Tree Forest
  • Tasting different types of rooibos tea grown only in this part of South Africa
  • Seeing flowers AND wildlife in the West Coast National Park
  • Celebrating Springtime in Nature!

HOW YOUR WILDFLOWER ADVENTURE IS HELPING THE EARTH

We support the White Lion Protection Trust located in Timbavati part of the Greater Kruger Park biosphere and sacred home to the only protected 12 White Lions on Earth. On this tour, you will be helping to keep the White Lions safe by supporting the “Day of Freedom Campaign”- see more on https://whitelions.org/day-of-freedom/.