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TOUR version

Nr

TOUR dates

Days

TOUR price

1

16 - 23 Aug 2017

8

 

2

23 - 30 Aug 2017

8

as above

3

30 Aug - 6 Sep 2017

8

as above

 

4

Mid September

8


1c

16 - 21 Aug 2017

6

 

2c

23 - 28 Aug 2017

6

as above

3c

30 Aug - 4 Sep 2017

6

as above

 

4c

Mid September

6


1f

16 - 22 Aug 2017

7

 

2f

23 - 29 Aug 2017

7

as above

3f

30 Aug - 5 Sep 2017

7

as above

 

4f

Mid September

7


 

Aug/Sep

8


More options for touring around the Namaqualand (south-western region of Southern Africa): Consider joining one of the following tours:

 

(Winter) Jun/July

 

 

 

(Summer) Oct

 

 

March / Nov

9

 

May / Nov

var


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Iris Hesperantha vaginata - Harlekynaandblom, by Peter Maas Iris Hesperantha vaginata
Harlekynaandblom or Perdeblom,
by Peter Maas

Hyacinth Ornithogalum proinosum - Tjienkerientjie / Witdirkie, by Peter Maas Hyacinth Ornithogalum proinosum
Tjienkerientjie or Witdirkie,
by Peter Maas

Daisy naby Kamieskroon, by Riana Maas Daisy near Kamieskroon, by Riana Maas

Daisy Felicia australis - Sambreeltjies, by Peter Maas Daisy Felicia australis
Sambreeltjies, by Peter Maas

Nieuwoudtville waterfall, by Peter Maas



Nieuwoudtville waterfall,
by Peter Maas






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during August/September
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NAMAQUALAND (NAMAKWALAND)  WILD FLOWER  Region tours

Old Farmhouse with Namakwaland Daisies

We are always very excited about our tours to Namakwaland, (and now also the West Coast), the Wildflower region of South Africa. The local Namaqualanders are optimistic for yet another spectacular flower season. Due to the seasonal rain that they had in the past few years, it promises to be another successful flower season.

This is a very specialised and passionate tour, which we have conducted for many years now, a few times per year. So, to get the most out of this special region of Namaqualand, (and also the West Coast on some of the tours), you should join us on this wonderful exploratory tour of flower wonders.

Farmhouse with Namakwaland Daisies growing wild on the farm

If you want to tour Namaqualand, you should join one of these tours, and look carefully, and beware of tours that only cover the flower region of the West Coast, or only the real Namaqualand which lies further north.

It is a special feature of our tours that you get real close-up to the flowers on many occasions, to make those amazing photos that you so often see displayed.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the tour with us, Touring South Africa, your specialists.

Daisies in Calvinia, by Peter Maas Daisies in Calvinia, by Peter Maas

Mesemb Drosanthemum hispidum Skaapvygie, by Peter Maas Mesemb Drosanthemum hispidum
Skaapvygie, by Peter Maas

Daisy naby Kamieskroon, by Riana Maas Daisy near Kamieskroon, by Riana Maas

Daisy Felicia australis - Sambreeltjies, by Peter Maas Daisy Felicia australis
Sambreeltjies, by Peter Maas

Touring South Africa brings you a variety of tours to Namaqualand, starting with a new programme schedule in 2017, with different itineraries on different dates:
(GP means Gauteng Province / Johannesburg,   and CT means Cape Town)

NLW8T: The WEST COAST & NAMAQUALAND   TRAIN tour (GP-GP 8 days), a luxurious tour, where we fly in from OR Tambo International Airport, (or Lanseria), Johannesburg, and arrive in Cape Town, where our other guests are joining us in Cape Town for the rest of the tour (for 6 days). We then continue to the West Coast and Namaqualand on our tour in the region, by luxury coach (luxury tour bus) through Namaqualand, and back to Cape Town.
You then return by Premier Classe train to Johannesburg. (8 days / 7 nights)

NLW7F: The WEST COAST & NAMAQUALAND   FLIGHTS tour (GP-GP 7 days), a luxurious tour, where we fly in from OR Tambo International Airport, (or Lanseria), Johannesburg, and arrive in Cape Town, where our other guests are joining us in Cape Town for the rest of the tour (for their 6 days tour). We then continue to the West Coast and Namaqualand on our tour in the region, by luxury coach (luxury tour bus) through Namaqualand, and back to Cape Town.
You return by flight to Johannesburg. (7 days / 6 nights)

NLW6:   The 6-day WEST COAST & NAMAQUALAND   tour (CT-CT 6 days) starts in Cape Town and ends in Cape Town  (6 days / 5 nights).
This tour joins in with the guests from Gauteng.

NNL:   The Net-NAMAQUALAND tour ('Namaqualand-only' tour) - a tour without any Train or Flight travel, touring only Namaqualand and the Northern Cape regions, covering a different region at the end, seeing the Hantam, instead of the West Coast and Cape Town.

NLW8T:   WEST COAST & NAMAKWALAND   TRAIN tour   (GP-GP 8 days)

This tour includes the luxury of train travel between Cape Town and Johannesburg, on the Premier Classe train, where you relax and enjoy the day/overnight trip in style.

The train tour starts in Johannesburg by flight to Cape Town and return by Premier Classe Train from Cape Town to Johannesburg.

Following here is a typical itinerary of the West Coast & Namaqualand TRAIN tour, leaving from Gauteng by flight to Cape Town, and returning by Premier Classe Train to Johannesburg:

Starting sumultaniously, is the

NLW7F:   WEST COAST & NAMAKWALAND   FLIGHTS tour   (GP-GP 7 days

leaving from Gauteng by flight to Cape Town, and returning by Flight to Johannesburg:
Aeroplane take-off
Day 1: Johannesburg to Cape Town:   Flight
We depart Johannesburg by economy class flight for the 2 hour journey to Cape Town International Airport. The flight departs either from OR Tambo International Airport, or from Lanseria International Airport. To make the best use of the day, it will be an early morning flight to Cape Town.

In Cape Town at the Airport, we are joined by our guests who tour only the wild flower regions of Namaqualand and the West Coast..

NLW6:   WEST COAST & NAMAKWALAND   tour   (CT – CT 6 days)

These tours cover the West Coast flower region, the Matsikamma, the real Namaqualand, and the 'boland' of the Namaqualand.

Joining the guests from Gauteng...
Day 1: Cape Town to Elephants River Valley
On arrival at the Cape Town International Airport, we are met by our luxury coach (luxury tour bus), which we will use throughout our journey of the West Coast and Namaqualand flower regions.

We travel through the Western Cape to visit the town of Clanwilliam, on the Elephants river, a beautiful green, luscious and productive valley, via Piekenierskloof and the Citrusdal area.
The Clanwilliam area is where the much loved Rooibos tea is cultivated. A visit to the Rooibos tea factory, and also the Srassberger shoe factory, famous for their leather shoes (also “vellies”), is certainly a must. We visit the Ramskop Nature Garden, where you come close to many different species of plants and flowers from this unique region, another attraction not to be missed.
We spend our first night in the Clanwilliam / Vredendal area, in the Elephants River Valley,
Cedarberg Mountains
The Cedarberg Mountains, named after the Cedar Tree which is now threatened in this region.

This is a most enjoyable tour, with many luxuries. Most Dinners, and all Breakfasts, are included.
Accommodation is in the best, neat hotels and lodges we can find in the region.
Lunches, drinks and all extras are for your own account.


Day 2: Nieuwoudtville, Vanrhynsdorp
After breakfast we travel to the Flower Bulb Capital of the world, Nieuwoudtville, where the bulb species grow on the 'Boland of the Namaqualand'. We go hunting for the most beautiful areas of wildflowers, for general flower species and also specific endemic species in mind. We visit the 100m deep Nieuwoudtville Waterfall, the Famous sand stone church, and the Succulent Nursery in Vanrhynsdorp, a haven of species from the region.
Overnight in Clanwilliam / Vredendal area, on Dinner, Bed and Breakfast basis.

Namaqualand flowers Namaqualand flowers: Daisy Ursinia calenduliflora Namaqua parachute daisy / Berg-magrietjie,
with Daisy Felicia australis Sambreeltjie

Day 3: Kamiesberg, Springbok region
We continue our journey past the towns of Nuwerus, Bitterfontein, Garies, en Kamieskroon. We visit the attractive area in and around the Kamies Mountains (Kamiesberge), where we find the exciting flowering daisies and other species, so typical of this area. We go walking amongst them and getting close to the flowers, to get those special near and panoramic pictures.
We visit the areas where the flowers are most beautiful on the day, choosing amongst Skilpad / Kamiesberg / Goegap Nature Reserve, etc.
We arrive late afternoon in the copper mountains of Springbok / Okiep..

Tonight we have our THEME dinner! - Dress up in your latest Gatsby outfit and have a ball of a time taking pictures with your new friends on tour!
We overnight in the area of Springbok / Okiep, / Vanrhynsdorp, on Dinner, Bed and Breakfast basis.

Day 4: Springbok region
After breakfast we visit the attractive area of Springbok, Okiep, and Nababeep, walking amongst and getting close to the flowers, to get those special near photos.
We visit the areas where the flowers are most beautiful on the day, choosing amongst, for instance Goegap Nature Reserve / Concordia / Nababeep, etc.

If you were all too tired last night, we have our THEME dinner tonight! - Dress up in your latest Gatsby outfit and have a ball of a time taking photos with your new friends on tour!
We overnight in the area of Springbok / Okiep / Vanrhynsdorp, on Dinner, Bed and Breakfast basis.

Day 5: Swartland, Weskus region
Today we travel south through the Namakwaland and Knersvlakte, over the Piekeniers Pass into the Swartland. We visit Velddrif on the Atlantic Ocean, home of the bokkoms, and overnight in the area of Saldanha / Langebaan, on Dinner, Bed and Breakfast basis. Enjoy the sea scape.

Desert Primrose Grielum humifusum Pietsnotjies, and others, in the Kamiesberg, Namaqualand wild flower region of South Africa, by Peter Maas
Desert Primrose Grielum humifusum Pietsnotjies, and others,
growing wild in Namaqualand
Nieuwoudville Falls







Nieuwoudtville Waterfall

Day 5: Swartland, Weskus region
We visit the magnificent West Coast National Park, for a field day of your life amongst the many wild flowers on the coast line of the Atlantic Ocean. The flowery Postberg is a sight to behold. Make sure you take enough pictures, to have everybody back home enjoying them too!
We continue on to Cape Town, to be at the Hotel in Cape Town area, at around 17h00.

This is the end of the tour for the guests who joined us for the 6 day tour from Cape Town.
We thank you for holidaying with us for 6 amazing colourful days!

For the guests on the

WEST COAST & NAMAKWALAND   TRAIN   tour   (GP-GP 8 days)

and the

WEST COAST & NAMAKWALAND   FLIGHTS   tour   (GP-GP 7 days)

the journey continues, returning to Johannesburg the next day, after staying overnight in the Hotel in Cape Town area, on Bed and Breakfast basis.
You have the night free on your own planning. A convenient Shopping complex is nearby the hotel, which provides for great dining and shopping..
Dinner is not included, and it is the perfect opportunity to meet up with family and friends in Cape Town.
NL13 Snapdragon Zaluzianskya affinis, by Peter Maas
Snapdragon Zaluzianskya affinis Drumsticks

Day 7: Return journey to Johannesburg.
This morning we have an early breakfast, whereafter we leave for Cape Town Station and Cape Town Airport.

Guests on the 7-day tour: Proceed to Cape Town Airport, where you board your two hours flight to Johannesburg, arriving in Johannesburg the same day.

We thank you for a wonderful tour with us!

Premier Classe train

Guests on the 8-day tour: At 09:00 you depart on the luxury Premier Classe train back to Johannesburg, a highlight of the tour for many guests.

Relax and enjoy the great meals, new friends' company, beautiful scenery of canola fields, magnificent mountain ranges, and luscious greenery, followed by a good night's rest, the stretched out serene scenery of the Great Karoo, and enjoy more delicious meals.

Dining Car on Premier Classe train

On the train all meals are included.
Welcome drinks and teas/coffees are included. All extra drinks and other extras are for your account.
Accommodation is only two guests per compartment, and single per coupe.
Hex River Mountains and Valley, Western Cape, South Africa, by Peter Maas
Hex River Valley and Mountains, Western Cape, South Africa

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Day 8: Arrive in Johannesburg
After a relaxed train trip through the heartland of South Africa, you are scheduled to arrive at Johannesburg station at 11:00 in the morning, with many new friends and lots of photographs to remember our wonderland tour of the Wildflower region of South Africa by, in all its splendour.

Bokkeveld daisies

Bokkeveld daisies

Here is one of the comments about a similar tour, posted on Trip Advisor:

"We did the Namakwaland Wild Flower Tour. Best Ever Tour we went on. We went to Europe before on a tour, but this (Namaqualand tour) was the Best! Peter & Riana are excellent. They went the extra mile!! Top Quality accomodation. Food and the group we had Best Ever! Would recommend this Tour to all."


Included are all entrances according to the itinerary, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast accommodation, transport, and flight ticket and train ticket between Cape Town and Johannesburg (on the 8 day tour GP-GP).
All meals on the train are included.
The tour is conducted by a Registered Tourist Guide.

The visiting order of the itinerary, as well as the specific overnight towns, may change, due to weather conditions, or areas where flowers are better available, as well as the availability of specific accommodation. This tour may run the other way round, starting with the luxury train trip to Cape Town, then touring and returning by flight on the last day.

Should you prefer a cheaper tour, or to travel return by luxury train, or by flight, please feel free to discuss this with us. We will try to adapt your itinerary to suit you.

You may also opt to extend your stay in Cape Town.
It may incur extra costs should you want to travel return trip by luxury train or by flight.

Namakwaland Daisies
Daisy Dimorphoteca sinuata
Namaqualand Daisy / Namakwaland madeliefie

Peter and Riana Maas
TOER SUID AFRIKA Reisklub //
TOURING SOUTH AFRICA Travel Club.
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Kamiesberg wild flowers, by Peter Maas

A sea of Namakwaland wild flowers


The wild-flower tours of Namaqualand are much in demand, and
not to be missed, so..

Book your tour
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Iris Gladiolus equitans Bergkalkoentjie, by Peter Maas



















Iris Gladiolus equitans
Bergkalkoentjie or Namaqua kalkoentjie,
by Riana Maas

Daisy Foveolina dichotoma Basterganskos, by Peter Maas Daisy Foveolina dichotoma
Basterganskos / Stinkkruid

Iris Hespearnatha vginata Harlekynaandblom, by Peter Maas Iris Hesperantha vaginata
Harlekynaandblom or Perdeblom

Bulbinella latifolia Rooikatstert, by Peter Maas Bulbinella latifolia Rooikatstert

Net-NAMAKWALAND tour (= 'Only Namaqualand' tour)

This tour is a bus-only tour, and does not include the luxury of train travel between Johannesburg and Cape Town on the Premier Classe train.
The size of the group will determine the bus we take. We keep our transport in the luxury category. The advantage of a smaller group is that with a smaller bus we can go into more unique areas.

The alternative to this tour is
the
WEST COAST & NAMAQUALAND   TRAIN tour   (GP-GP 8 days) or
the WEST COAST & NAMAQUALAND   FLIGHTS tour   (GP-GP 7 days) or
the WEST COAST & NAMAQUALAND   tour   (CT-CT 6 days) -- that is the tour which starts and ends in Cape Town - to the West Coast and Namaqualand regions of the wild flowers of South Africa

This tour of 8 (eight) days covers the Matsikamma, the real Namaqualand, the 'boland' of the Namaqualand, Kalahari, and through the Northern Cape, and also the HANTAM!.
Here is a typical itinerary of the tour:

Day 1: Northern Cape Kalahari and wine region
We depart from Gauteng at 05:00. We travel through the Northern Cape towards the Orange River (Gariep River) region, via the towns of Vryburg, Kuruman, Upington, Keimoes, and Kakamas, where we spend our first night.
This tour is based on a bed and breakfast basis. Lunches, Dinners and drinks are for your own account.
Augrabies Waterfall
Augrabies Waterfall

Day 2: Augrabies, Springbok
We depart after breakfast, to the Augrabies National Park, to view close-up the granite-confined waters of the Gariep (Orange) River, where it cascades over the several falls, and continues down to the Atlantic Ocean. Augrabies means 'The place of great noise' and it lies at the heart of the remote and fascinating Augrabies National Park. We continue our travels and at Pofadder we have a brief comfort stop. We overnight with bed and breakfast in the Springbok / Nababeep area.

Namaqualand flowers Day 3: Namakwaland, Kamiesberg region, Vredendal
Today we visit the attractive area of Springbok, Okiep, and Nababeep, walking amongst and getting close-up to the flowers, to get those special near photos.
We continue to the areas where the flowers are most beautiful on the day, choosing amongst, for instance Goegap Nature Reserve / Namaqua National Park / Kamiesberg, etc, where fields of flowers await us. We overnight in the area of Vanrhynsdorp / Vredendal, on Bed and breakfast basis.


Namaqualand flowers: Daisy Ursinia calenduliflora Namaqua parachute daisy / Berg-magrietjie, with Daisy Felicia australis Sambreeltjie

Desert Primrose Grielum humifusum Pietsnotjies, and others, in the Kamiesberg, Namaqualand wild flower region of South Africa, by Peter Maas
Desert Primrose Grielum humifusum Pietsnotjies, and others, growing wild in Namaqualand
Nieuwoudville Falls







Nieuwoudtville Waterfall

Day 4: Cedarberg, Clanwilliam, Lambert's Bay area
After a well deserved breakfast, we visit the Clanwilliam area. It is in this region where the much loved Rooibos tea is cultivated. A visit to the Ramskop Nature Garden, is certainly a must. We continue to the Rooibos tea factory, and also the Veldshoe Factory (vellies), attractions not to be missed. We go say hello to the Atlantic Ocean, travelling to Lambert's Bay area, where we have a late lunch / early dinner, and overnight on bed and breakfast basis in Vredendal area.

Day 5: Maskam, Nieuwoudville
Today we travel to the Flower Bulb Capital of the world, Nieuwoudtville, where the bulb species grow on the 'Boland of the Namaqualand'. An amazing array of species are found here - some particularly endemic to the region. We visit the 100m deep Nieuwoudtville Waterfall and the Succulent Nursery in Vanrhynsdorp - another day of hunting for the most beautiful areas of wildflowers.
We overnight on one of the farms in the area of Nieuwoudtville, amongst the flowers!

Day 6: Nieuwoudville, Calvinia
After an interesting night and a morning on the highveld of Namaqualand, we continue to Calvinia, into the Hantam - yet another day of taking in the beauty of this region. Here we hunt for another treasure of unique vistas and wild flowers. We overnight on Bed and breakfast basis.

Daisies in Calvinia, by Peter Maas Daisies in Calvinia, by Peter Maas

Cedarberg Mountains













The Cedarberg Mountains, named after the Cedar Tree which is now threatened in this region.

Day 7: Hantam, Boesmanland, Gariep
After breakfast, our journey continues through the southern region of the Boesmanland, through Brandvlei, to the Great Gariep, and Olifantshoek. We see the last of the amazing flowers, and take a few photos of rows and rows of community birds' nests, telephone lines, and many quiver trees. We overnight on Bed and breakfast basis.

Day 8: We return home
with lots of memories and good friends, again travelling through the Upper Northern Cape, back home to Gauteng, the province of Johannesburg and Pretoria, to arrive late afternoon / early evening.

Bokkeveld daisies

Bokkeveld daisies

Book your tour well in advance !
--- we already take bookings for our next year's season. ---

The alternative to this tour is
the WEST COAST & NAMAQUALAND   TRAIN tour   (GP-GP 8 days) or
the WEST COAST & NAMAQUALAND   FLIGHTS tour   (GP-GP 7 days) or
the WEST COAST & NAMAQUALAND   tour   (CT-CT 6 days) -- that is the tour which starts and ends in Cape Town - to the West Coast and Namaqualand regions of the wild flowers of South Africa

An amazing follow-up tour to consider is the:

AROUND-the-CAPE -tour

The area around the Cape on the south-western tip of Africa is not often explored on regular tours of the country, yet holds many magnificent secrets, ready to be explored on our Around-the-Cape tour. We venture into the countryside and bring you the exhilaration of unexplored areas -- 'Around the Cape'. Come and enjoy with us the Open and Green, the endless Karoo and the blue seas, really wild open skies, and really deep valleys...

Day 1
We arrive in Cape Town, the Mother City of South Africa, by plane at the International Airport, and make our way to the town of Tulbach, where we explore this old town which was partly destroyed by an earthquake, which is a rare natural disaster in South Africa, years ago.

Many interesting small shops in town are eager to welcome you, especially in the street which was reconstructed after the earthquake. A selection of restaurants stands ready to serve a meal of your choice in the tranquil setting of the Boland.
This tour is based on a bed and breakfast basis. Lunch, Dinner and drinks are for your own account.
We overnight at our Lodge on Bed and Breakfast basis.

Day 2
Square Kilometer Array telescope, Sutherland We depart Tulbach, heading out to Sutherland. This is the far-off Karoo dorp with the exceptional privilege of housing SALT, the largest telescope in South Africa, and soon will be hosting the largest on the planet, shared with Australia -- the SKA, square kilometre array telescope. Here we visit the telescope installation outside of town, later to return for our stargazing into the evening sky, with stories and exploration on our minds, told by one of the astrologically knowledgeable local residents.
Overnight at our Lodge. B&B included.

Day 3
We depart Sutherland for Matjiesfontein, where we explore the wonderful old buildings of yesteryear, with lunch in the Lord Nelson Hotel, or similar.
Matjiesfontein is that beautifully preserved, old-charm train station town on the way between Cape Town and Johannesburg, nestled in the Karoo along the main N1 motorway.
We continue our journey to Prince Albert, which is spread out at the foothills of the Swartberg Mountain range, another of those towns you want to spend a few days in, neat Karoo town with old world charm, now also famous for the TV cook series, Kokkedoor.
Overnight at our Lodge. B&B included.

Day 4
Road to the Hell, Gamkaskloof, Swartberg mountains Today you have the opportunity to go to Hell and back -- no not literally to the Hell of your conviction, but literally to the far-off settlement of The Hell, in the Gamkaskloof. It is a 4x4 route, and you will enjoy the scenery and comfortable ride. Down in The Hell is another tale of confined space, but with fertile soil and many stories of the people who settled there and made a living under very difficult circumstances.
Another option is to explore the town of Prince Albert and its surroundings of fruit farming, dairy farming, and many shops, art collections, art to buy, exquisite cuisine, vistas and stories.
Overnight at our Lodge. B&B included.

Day 5
We travel either over the Swartberg Pass, or through Meiringspoort, visiting the ostrich industry and the Cango Caves of Oudtshoorn. There is a magnificent restaurant under the Swartberg mountains (on the other side) waiting to entertain your taste buds with delicious food from the area. We overnight in the vicinity of Oudtshoorn or the R62 route. B&B included.

Day 6
We continue through the Little Karoo to the southern tip of Africa, Cape Agulhas. We spend the day in the vicinity of Cape Agulhas, exploring the surrounding farms and enjoying the ocean - you might see some whales! You have the rare opportunity to be at the point where the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean meet. Visit also the Cape Agulhas lighthouse.
Overnight at our Lodge. B&B included.

Day 7
We depart Cape Agulhas for Cape Town, travelling through the Overberg, enjoying the many mountains and towns on our way to the Mother City.
We overnight in the vicinity of Stellenbosch. B&B included.

Day 8
Premier Classe luxury train We depart Cape Town on the Premier Classe train to Johannesburg, a luxury experience, where you relax and enjoy the scenery, and have three meals, luxuriously set in the Dining car on board the train.
Overnight on the Premier Classe train. All three meals included. Only two guests per compartment, or for single guests: only one per coupe.

Day 9
We arrive at Johannesburg Park station at approximately 11:00, relaxed and excited for our next tour with Touring South Africa!

Hex Rivir Mountains, Western Cape, South Africa, by Peter Maas

Hex River Mountains, Western Cape, South Africa

Peter and Riana Maas
TOER SUID AFRIKA Reisklub // TOURING SOUTH AFRICA Travel Club.
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    Includes:

  • Bed and breakfast accommodation.
  • All Entrances as per itinerary.
  • Luxury Tour Transport, Train ticket back to Johannesburg, with all meals on train.
  • Guided tours according to the itinerary, with registered English/Afrikaans speaking guides.
  • Overnight in Guest House, Country Inn and/or Hotel
  • The tours are based on a SEAT-ON-COACH basis
    Excludes:

  • International and Domestic Flights and airport tax.
  • Travel Insurance (Recommended)
  • Single room supplement (Price on request)
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Gratuity (for local hotel/lodge staff, porters)
  • Any kind of personal expenses.
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Another Gem in Namaqualand, is the:

WEST COAST HIKING -tour

This hiking tour is an easy, catered-for, hiking tour, with a base camp. The hiking is along the West Coast of South Africa, through the Namaqua National Park's coastal region on the Atlantic Ocean.

Bring along your camera and make sure you can take lots of photos - extra batteries are recommended. Cell phone reception might not be possible.

You take your tent and necessary personal gear for the camp, and your day back pack hiking gear, which you will need during your daily excursion along the coast, and return each day late afternoon to base camp.
West coast Hikers
If you get too tired, you may get onto the donkey cart to take a rest. The donkey cart takes your day gear, so you are not carrying a heavy pack on your back while hiking!

What a way to hike! Isn't it just convenient fun!?
At night time, we spend the evening under the stars, around the camp fire ...Wow!

Day 1
Arrival at Garies at 12:00 - 13:00 (own transport or with us at extra cost - we will plan a group transport solution).
Depart Garies at 14:00 with safari vehicles (included), travelling on dirt roads for about 80km to our camp, where we will return to every night, for the duration of the hiking tour.
We set up our tent(s) and enjoy the wonderful open night skies, around the camp fire.

West coast Hiking tour donkey cart Day 2
After breakfast, we transfer by vehicle(s) to Strandfonteinpunt, where donkey carts join us. We hike to Spoegrivier Caves, where 2000 years old sheep remains were found, on the coast. Hiking 17km.
We return to camp by (safari) vehicle for our second night under the stars!

Day 3
After breakfast, we depart again to Strandfonteinpunt by safari vehicle. We hike from there to Koringkorrel, with the donkey carts joining us. We spend tea time at Bitterriviermond (Bitter river mouth) and keep a lookout for any seal colonies.

Day 4
After breakfast, we transfer by vehicle to Groenriviermond. From there we hike to Kwass se Baai. Donkey carts wait at Kwass to take hikers further to Koringkorrelbaai.

Day 5
Our last hiking day: After breakfast, we pack up our tents, leave it there, and then we have a choice of hiking: either
1) From Koringkorrel to Kwass se Baai - 6km, or
2) From Koringkorrel to Kwass and return to Koringkorrel

When we return to camp, the remaining part of the camp will be round up.
We then depart back to Garies, by vehicle.

    Includes:

  • Organisation of the base camp, provided with chairs, tables, wash-up basin, other necessary camping equipment etc. at camp.
  • Drinking water and washing water (5 liter only /person/day)
  • Breakfasts (4) and dinners (4) at the camp, on open fires, and boiling water.
  • Donkey carts with donkeys and a driver per cart, during the day on the hiking trail.
  • Feed and water for the donkeys (they drink about 20 liters per day each)
  • Transport of luggage on the hiking trail (tent, clothing, food, etc)
  • Transport by (safari) vehicle(s) to and from hiking start and end points, daily.
  • Transport by donkey cart on the hiking trail, if you are getting too tired.
  • Overnights (in your own tent) in the hiking base camp.
  • Entrance Fees as per Itinerary.
  • Accompanied by a guide.
    Excludes:

  • International and Domestic Flights and airport tax.
  • Travel Insurance (Recommended especially for international guests)
  • Tent, personal camping needs, hiking gear.
    -- You need to take your own tent and all necessary day pack hiking gear, not necessary for a large back pack during the daily hiking trips.
  • To and from Garies: Transport, Accommodation and Meals, BUT we will discuss it, and then add it according to the amount of interested guests.
  • Meals and refreshments not mentioned in the itinerary, like your tea, coffee, drinks, snacks, lunch, and (extra) water on the hike.
  • Gratuity (for local staff, porters) West coast Hiking tour sunset
  • Any kind of personal expenses.
    Recommended gear / restrictions:

  • Each hiker may take only 20kg of gear (food and tent including)
  • Warm jacket, and rain coat.
  • Own day pack for day excursions. Each hiker take only the day bag when hiking, with food (lunch) and water.
  • Water bottles.
  • Hot Water flask.
  • Hot water bottle (to warm you at night - if needed)
  • Own lunch provision daily, and own eating utensils.
  • Own tent, mattress, and bedding (sleeping bad and extra thermal blanket)
  • Comfortable hiking shoes, with comfortable hiking socks (normal cotton socks, thin double layers, recommended)
  • Swimming gear.
  • Toiletries, toilet paper, and towel.
  • Sun screen lotion, sun screen hat.
  • Necessary personal medications.
  • Camera and extra batteries.
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