Namaqualand Spring Flower Tour- A Blaze of Colour. Code (SP02) An 8 day tour.
7 Nights, 8 Days
Namaqualand Spring Flower Tour 2017 - A Blaze of Colour
Port Elizabeth to Beaufort West
Pick up at place of residence in Port Elizabeth. Depart into the interior through the Little Karoo where the annual Aloe flowering extravaganza promises to be in full swing. Brushing past the escarpment on the flat plains of this eerily empty Karoo landscape, we continue to our first overnight stop in the imposing mountains of a Karoo National Park. Here we arrive in time to check in and take a short game drive to enjoy this peaceful place now home to Lion, Buffalo, Eland, Kudu, Gemsbok, Springbuck and many more fascinating species.Overnight National Park.
Augrabies Falls National Park
After an early breakfast (and game drive if time allows) we depart on the road less travelled, through some of the driest places in South Africa. Names such as the Bo-Karoo and Kaiingveld relive an era when the Bushmen reigned supreme in these inhospitable regions. We pass through areas where forests of Aloe dichotoma, the quiver tree or Kokerboom, often laden with the massive colonial nests of the sociable weaver birds can be seen amongst the dolerite koppies and hills.
We reach our destination, Augrabies Falls National Park in the afternoon to check in and enjoy a lovely traditional Braai under the sweet thorn trees on the banks of the powerful Gariep (Orange) river. Overnight National Park.
Augrabies to Diamond Coast
After a walk to the falls and a full breakfast we depart on the long but interesting road through this desert area where the telephone poles host massive nests of the ever present sociable weavers and a good sprinkling of avian raptors on the poles that don’t. The next stop is Pofadder, a name that conjures up the enigma of the desert for South African’s as does Timbuktu for the rest of Africa.
Here we grab a bite to eat before continuing onto a mission station founded by the London Missionary, an early sanctuary for Khoisan driven out of Namibia. Then we continue to Springbok and after this we head for the Namaqualand National Park and our overnight stop.
From this unique setting we set out to explore the surrounding areas that play host to many species of succulent and small bushes. It falls within the Succulent Karoo Biome - one of the 25-biodiversity hot spots for conservation priority (+6000 known plant species), and more specifically the short Strandveld type vegetation. Some of the endemic species to this area include the Woolea Faranosa (Vaalvygie) which only occurs from just south of Hondeklip Bay to Kleinzee. Together with the Namaqualand National park this area provides a completely different type of flower experience as will be seen in the more traditional areas further inland and to the south. Overnight in cottage.
Checking out of our accommodation at the coast we head back in land towards the small centre of Kamieskroon which hosts the well renowned Succulent Karoo Knowledge Centre, Kamieskroon and a fine restaurant where we’ll stop for a delicious meal before continuing to our overnight accommodation in a picturesque valley. At the farm we enjoy a home cooked evening meal before heading off for a warm, comfortable evening’s rest.
Kamieskroon to Clanwilliam
After a filling breakfast at the farm house we head further south on the back roads, through the Knersvlakte to Nieuwoudtville, Vanrhynsdorp and onto Clanwilliam the heart of the west coast flower region with its wild flower reserve and our overnight stop in a historic Guesthouse up a wooded valley on the outskirts of Clanwilliam. Overnight Guesthouse.
Clanwilliam to Prince Albert
After a wonderfully prepared continental breakfast we pack up and depart for our final overnight stop at the picturesque town of Prince Albert on the border between the Little and Great Karoo. We travel through steep mountain passes and verdant valleys brim-full of fruit trees and vineyards as we join and deviate again from the great N1 back onto the back roads until we reach our overnight destination at a comfortable guesthouse in this quaint historical town. Overnight Prince Albert.
Prince Albert to Port Elizabeth
A great breakfast in the sunlit breakfast room before packing up to tackle the historic Swartberg pass, down into the Little Karoo, valley of the Cango caves, Ostrich farms and Oudtshoorn where we lunch before dropping down over the Outeniqua mountain pass to George and our final journey along the garden route back to Port Elizabeth and the end of the tour.
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Alan Tours reserves the right to change routes due to availability of accommodation and weather and/or where the flowers may be located.
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