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,
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: 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,
growing wild in Namaqualand
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)
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.
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!
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.CONTACT US NOW!
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 Valley and Mountains, Western Cape, South Africa
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.
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.
Daisy Dimorphoteca sinuata
Namaqualand Daisy / Namakwaland madeliefie
Peter and Riana Maas
TOER SUID AFRIKA Reisklub //
TOURING SOUTH AFRICA Travel Club.
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A sea of Namakwaland wild flowers
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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.
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.
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.
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, growing wild in Namaqualand
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
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.
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