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Experience the beauty of the West Coast Flower Season

1st of September 2021 – The loved celebration day of the start of the new season. Yes, it may not be the “actual” start of Spring in the Southern Hemisphere but that will not keep us from loving every moment of it!

Even though we might still see some snow on a few mountain ranges and it still is chilly in the Western Cape and West Coast – there is no doubt that a certain excitement has started to bloom – quite literally. This year has been quite tough, not only for the tourism and hospitality industry but for the people of our beautiful region too. With the plethora of changing restrictions and COVID-19 scares, we are all ready to get outside, take a breath of fresh air and enjoy the beauty of our gorgeous West Coast Flower Season. Although large gatherings have been cancelled all over, we can still enjoy this phenomenon by supporting local businesses and visiting all the beautiful spots that is currently blooming with the most gorgeous wildflowers.

The Wildflower Hotspots!

Without a doubt (and call us a little biased – we don’t even mind) the West Coast is single handedly the best wild flower region there is. No matter where you’re from, visiting these beautiful spots should be on your bucket list! So start taking Note!

So now that we have you all excited to see our beautiful flora – you are probably thinking “Where?!” – well let’s break it down for you.

Cederberg Region

Clanwilliam
Ramskop Nature Garden, Sidewalks in town, Vredeoord graveyard, River Street (Jan Dissels), Boskloof, Bak-se-Rug R364, Pakhuispas R364 Botterkloof, Enjo Farm, Biedouw Valley, Nardouwsberg.

 

Type of flowers
Wit reënblomme, geel & oranje namakwaland daisies, Lazy Daisy, hongerblomme, gousblom, Langbeen-suurings, gazania, skilpadbessiebos, perdebosse, geeloogsuring, wildedagga, blousporrie, weeskinders, rooipypie, bobbejaantjie, bobbejaankool, perde rooinaeltjie & viooltjie.

 

How many flowers
Please note this is someone’s perception and not a guarantee.
(Fields/Plenty)

 

Tourism Office Details
Sanet Stander: 067 088 6969 | 027 482 2024 | bookings@clanwilliam.info | cederberg@lando.co.za

 

Social Media:
@clanwilliamtourism
@ClanwilliamWildflowerShow
@ClanFlora

Elandsbaai
All around the town and mountainous areas
On the R366 towards Redelingshuys

 

Types of flowers:
Sand Vygies, Sierings, Namaqua Daisies, Cape weed

 

How many flowers
Patches – Please note this is someones’ perception and not guaranteed

Lamberts Bay
In and around town and open fields
On the R365 past Muisbosskerm
Steenbokfontein farm
On the R364 towards Clanwilliam
All the way down the R366 to Elandsbay
Up towards Doornbay

 

Type of flowers:
White, yellow, and orange daisies vygies, sierings, capeweed

 

How many flowers
Patches – Please note this is someones’ perception and not guaranteed

Namaqua West Coast Region

 

Vanrhynsdorp

  • Letsatsi Lodge grounds
  • Maskam Guestfarm
  • Urionkraal, Mauerskop route
  • Urionskraal na Ouberg
  • N7 Gifberg Turn-off towards Gifberg
  • R27 Vanrhynsdorp – Vredendal
  • R27 Vanrhynsdorp – Nieuwoudtville: Lankverwacht Guestfarm | Bagdad Café surrounds (patches)

 

How many flowers
Please note this is someone’s perception and not a guarantee.
 (Fields)

 

Type of flowers
Daisies, Knoppiesopslag, Langbeen-suurings, Spinnekopblom, Blousporrie, Glasoogmagrietjies, reksenings en hongerblomme, Beatledaisy, froetang, Wilde Kool, Jakkalsblomme en pershongerblomme, Ridderspoor, Skilpadbessiebos, Oogsuring, Harpuisbos of Clanwilliam-daisy, Weeskindertjie, kappieblommetjie of leeubekkie, Rukkeperdjie of pers-kabong, Pietsnot, Bobbejaantjies, Wit-sôe, Slakblom,
Vetplante: Douvygies, Bobbejaanvingers, Laperosia, Horingplantjie, Sentkannetjie,

Klawer & Trawal

  • N7 Klawer – Vanrhynsdorp
  • N7 Trawal – Klawer (Melkboomsdrift turn-off; Trawal Cellar)
  • R363 Klawer – Vredendal
  • R362 Klawer – Vredendal
  • R362 Steilhoogte Skool, Karoovlakte (buite Klawer)

 

How many flowers
Please note this is someone’s perception, and not a guarantee. (Fields)

Type of flowers
Daisies, Knoppiesopslag, Langbeen-suurings, Skilpadbessiebos, Glasoogmagrietjies, reksenings en hongerblomme, Beatledaisy, Blousporrie, Jakkalsblomme en pershongerblomme, gansogies, perdebosse

Vredendal

  • R362 Aan-de-Klein Rivier Padstal (just outside Vredendal)
  • Vredendal Golf club
  • R363 Vredendal – Lutzville
  • R362 Vredendal – Lutzville (Holrivier pad)
  • Around town:
    • Catholic Church. Kanaal pad spier wit van daisies
    • Lausanne weg towards Catholic Church

How many flowers
Please note this is someone’s perception, and not a guarantee. (Fields/Plenty)

 

Type of flowers
Daisies all kinds, Knoppiesopslag, Langbeen-suurings, Skilpadbessiebos, Glasoogmagrietjies, reksenings en hongerblomme, Beatledaisy, Blousporrie, Jakkalsblomme en pershongerblomme, gansogies, perdebosse

Lutzville

  • R362 Shishen railway bridge  (plenty)
  • R362 – Ebenhaezer – Strandfontein (plenty of Perdebosse)
  • Strandfontein on plots around town  (pathes of daisies)

 

How many flowers
Please note this is someone’s perception and not a guarantee. (Plenty/Patches)

 

 

Type of flowers
Daisies all kinds,  Perdebosse

Nuwerus

  • Around town, near the church and Hardeveld Lodge

 

How many flowers
Please note this is someone’s perception and not a guarantee. (Fields/Plenty/Patches/Few)

 Tourism Office Details
– 082 608 7554 / info@visitnwc.com
– Facebook – @visitNWC
– Twitter – @visitNWC
– Instagram – namaquawestcoast

Saldanhabay Region

 

Hopefield

R234 Between Hopefield and Veldrif (Bergriver road).
In town on vacant plots.
Next to Zouteriver in town.
Behind Dutch Reformed Church.
Fynbos garden opposite sportclub.
Plaasmol Padstal.
End of Church Street on gravel road.

 

Type of Flowers
Wild Rosemary
Surings
Suikerbossie
Witskollie
Bokhoring
Klappertjies
Witspekbos
Albuca Spiralis
Blou-Afrikaner
Soetbobbejaantjie
Pruimbos
Spinnekopbos

 

Tourism Office details
hopefieldmuseum@gmail.com
Tel 0731876764
Visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HopefieldMuseum/

Swartland Region

Flower Season is late in Yzerfontein.  Pelargonium fulgidum (rooimalva) is only starting to show.

 

Location of flowers
Indigenous Gardens in Yzerfontein, Schaap Island Trail in Yzerfontein

 

Type of flowers
Osteospermum moniliferum (bietow)  Everywhere to be seen in and around Yzerfontein.
Lachenalia Bulbifera (rooinaeltjie/viooltjie)

 

How many flowers
Patches on the Schaap Island trail and around Yzerfontein.

 

Tourism Office Details
yzerfontein@polka.co.za or www.yzerfonteintourism.co.za
Yzerfontein Tourism Festival Facebook Page / Yzerfontein Tourism Facebook Page

Namaqua National Park

Please see below  a list of visible flowers in  the Park

  • Namaqua daisy
  • Glansogie
  • Wit sporrie
  • Reksening (yellow color)
  • Variety of oxalis

 

Contact Details: 
Pheladi Chuene
Park Manager : Namaqua National Park
Tel  : 027 672 1948
Cell : 073 374 4930
P O Box 117 Kamieskroon 8241
Email Pheladi.Chuene@sanparks.org
Web:www.sanparks.org

Viewing Tips

Tips while viewing flowers

•    The flowers are open between 11:00 and 15:00, the warmest part of the day
•    The sun must be out for flowers to open, thus rainy or overcast days are not ideal
•    The day temperature must be at least 18 degrees
•    Flowers face the sun, thus for viewing and pictures keep your back to the sun
•    Get out of the car and walk around, don’t miss the special smaller species
•    Tread lightly, don’t unnecessarily trample plants, and never pick flowers or bulbs

What to wear when viewing flowers

•    Long pants and insect repellent when walking around in the field
•    Comfortable shoes

Advice to tourists

•    Try to book your accommodation in advance
•    The West Coast Flower Hotline is available from 08:00 to 20:00, 7 days a week
•    Most towns along the flower routes have fuel stations, ATMs and mobile reception
•    The further north, the further apart the towns, keep in mind when planning
•    Stop and ask locals for advice on flower hot spots, distances, etc – they’re friendly
•    Namakwa/West Coast flower maps are available at all tourism information offices

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