Namaqualand Flower Tour from Johannesburg / Pretoria

8 Day Tour Departing from Johannesburg / Pretoria

Tour Dates for 2017

24 – 31 August 2017
1 – 8 September 2017

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Deposit only need to be paid in March 2017

Tour Price

To be advised

Included all entry fees,  6 lunches and  7 dinners.
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8 Day Tour Summary

Day 1 Pretoria to Kimberley.

Day 2 Kimberley to Carnarvon.

Day 3  Nieuwoudtville and Vanrhynsdorp.

Day 4  Knersvlakte and Namaqualand National Park.

Day 5 Kamieskroon region.

Day 6 Springbok, Nababeep, Goegap Nature Reserve.

Day 7 Okiep to  Augrabies,  Keimoes and Upington.

Day 8 Home via Sishen, Kuruman, Vryburg


Namaqualand Flower Tour Detailed Plan

Day 1 To Kimberley

We depart from Pretoria and Johannesburg to Kimberley.  This is a fascinating city and one of the most authentic historical destinations in South Africa. Visit the William Humphreys Art Gallery and the famous “Big Hole”.

Accommodation Jungnickel Guesthouse or similar.

Included Lunch and dinner. Excluded Breakfast.

Day 2 To Carnarvon

We travel through the fascinating Great Karoo region to Carnarvon. Lunch will be at Melton Wold, a historical sheep and game farm.

Accommodation Out of Africa Guest House or similar.

Included Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 3 Via Nieuwoudtville to Vanrhynsdorp

Stop at the fascinating “Die Ark Mall” not only for breakfast but also to enjoy the display of antiques and articles of yesteryear. We spend a day in Nieuwoudtville, taking in the treasures of the area. We will view the Glacial Rock Striations which date back 280 million years, the quiver tree forest which is the largest and southern ­most colony of Aloe dicho­toma. A drive through Matjiesfontein to enjoy the ‘floral route” with its abundant display of flowers and bird life.  We drive over the Vanrhynspass for a beautiful view of the Knersvlakte.

Accommodation Vanrhynsdorp Resort or similar.

Included Dinner, bed and breakfast. Excluded Light lunch.

Day 4 To Springbok

We drive through the “Knersvlakte”, an area that seems like a wasteland at first sight, but has in fact one of the richest succulent populations on earth. We will explore the vast quartz fields on a private farm where we will see the interesting, minute plant life that has adapted to these extreme conditions. A highlight is the visit to the Wildflower Reserve at Skilpad, now part of the major Namaqua National Park, to view their vast fields of flowers in full bloom.

Accommodation  Okiep Country Lodge / Blue Diamond Lodge, Springbok or similar.

Included Breakfast and dinner.   Excluded  Light lunch.

Day 5 Kamieskroon

Our focus will be on the detail of flowers. We will spend the day with Lita Cole, a fourth generation Namaqualander with great knowledge of plants, the area, its veldlore and history.

Accommodation Blue Diamond Lodge / Okiep Country Lodge or similar.

Included Breakfast, light lunch and dinner.

Day 6 Springbok

Springbok, Nababeep, Goegap. Enjoy the amazing display of flowers and rock formations in Nababeep, Concordia and Springbok as well as the interesting copper mine history. In the Goegap Nature Reserve we will visit the Hester Malan Wild Flower Garden, have a picnic lunch and drive the 17 km stunning scenic route.

Accommodation  Blue Diamond Lodge/Okiep Country Lodge or similar.

Included Breakfast, light lunch and dinner.

Day 7 To Upington

Visit the Augrabies Falls, wine tasting at the Orange River Wine Cellars. We travel through the extensive irrigation-farming region around Kakamas and Keimoes. This is the world of dried fruit and we will stop at the Pienk Padstal as well as the dried fruit shop in Keimoes.

Accommodation Waterfront Guestfarm, Upington or similar.

Included Breakfast and dinner. Excluded Lunch at Augrabies Falls.

Day 8 Home

Homeward bound… After breakfast we head north through Olifantshoek and Sishen – where the iron ore is mined for the Saldanha-Sishen Project – to Kuruman. We reach Johannesburg/Pretoria in the late afternoon. End of a wonderful Namaqualand Flower Tour.

Excluded Light lunch en route.

All tours can be combined in any combination to create a personal itinerary for your own dream holiday.

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