FLOWERS OF THE NAMAQUALAND
(5 days / 4 nights)
PRICE: 850 dollars per person based on 4 people, private guided tour
PRICE: 550 dollars per person based on 2 people, self-round
The price of this 5-day itinerary includes for private guided tour:
– All entrance fees to National Parks and cultural sites
– All breakfasts, 1 dinner, 1 BBQ
– Full time guide
– Accommodation bed and breakfast quality *** or ****
The Cederberg mountains are named after the endangered Clanwilliam Cedar tree endemic to this area. The dramatic rock formations and San rock art are stunning, the art giving us images of the distant past.
Namaqualand is a desert region and each year in early spring we witness a spectacular natural phenomenon, a transformation of this evocative semi-arid landscape into a wonderland of carpets of diverse wildflowers. The magic only lasts a few weeks! The star studded nights complete this spectacle!
- Cederberg is a region of steep valleys and peaks in succession from north to south over a hundred kilometers. At the foot of mountains, lush valleys provide rich fruits and vegetables to a large parts of the Western Cape.
- Nieuwoudtville is located in the heart of Namaqualand and the Nama people. This area is the bulb capital of the world, an area which is ecologically unspoilt. Experience the silence, space, stars and tranquility.
- Eland’s Bay, a town on the Atlantic Ocean, a major surfing location, home to caves and rock paintings and an important bird habitat.
Day 1: Eland’s Bay
This morning we leave the Cape and travel northwards along the Atlantic coast passing dunes and marshes to Langebaan where we visit West Coast National Park, well known for the bird life, identified by BirdLife International and the spring flowers paticularly in the Postberg Reserve.
A flamingo poulation live in the salt marshes, African Peguins, Oystercatchers and Cape Gannets breed here and also on islands, Jutten and Malgas.
Next stop is the famous Fossil Park West Coast National Park, known to fossil enthusiasts worldwide. The fossils include bones of over 200 different animal species and this represents possibly the greatest diversity of five million year-old fossils found anywhere in the world.
We drive to Eland’s Bay and walk to Baboon Point cliffs and the Bobbejaanberg Cave which is decorated with rock art, particularly the Eland giving the bay its name, and a shell midden.
Guesthouse on a farm near Verloerenvlie.
Day 2: Nieuwoudtville
After leaving Eland’s Bay we stop at Lambert’s Bay, the seafood hotspot of the West Coast!
Lamberts Bay is known as the Diamond of the West Coast and the crayfish mecca of South Africa.
A delightful views of dolphins, whales and the ever entertaining seals at the internationally acclaimed Bird Island where the tens of thousands of seabirds create a deafening cacophony, not forgetting the lush stretches of wild field flowers that are most beautiful during spring.
In the afternoon we travel Van Ryns Pass which is mesmerising with its steep gradient and double back affording the chance to ‘see where you’ve been’ . The view is breathtaking!
We reach Nieuwoudtville, the world capital of bulbs. This town lies in the Bokkeveld escarpment.
Farm stay and dinner.
Day 3: Nieuwoudtville
Today we discover amazing landscapes, canyons, the beautiful Nieuwoudtville waterfall, quiver tree forests, glacial pavement, local sandstone ruins and visit an authentic Nama village and the Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve.
Finally, the day will end with a visit to a cooperative “Rooibos” farm where the famous South African tea is grown. This the unique health-enhancing Rooibos plant is only found in this area.
Dinner at clients expense
Day 4: Cederberg
After breakfast we leave Nieuwoudtville via lesser known mountain passes that lead to Clanwilliam in the Olifants River valley.
We enjoy walking the streets of this historic town and admire the Dutch Reform Church which has been a scheduled National Monument since 1973
This region has the most amazing rock formations. We hike to the caves to admire the most outstanding rock art sites in existence and gain insight into the deep and rich spiritual culture of the Bushman who lived for millennia here in the Cederberg Mountains.
Mountain chalet and barbecue dinner
Day 5: Cape Town
After breakfast we hike in the mountains leading to a huge geological formation known as the Maltese cross. The heady fragrance of fynbos is intoxicating.
Back on the road to the Cape
Lunch at Piketberg.
At the end of the day our last stop will be at Boubergstrand where we enjoy views of the city of Cape Town backed by its famous Table Mountain. Back to our hotel