The 6-Day Namaqualand Spring Flower WALKING Tour


Join us on a unique “Slack-Pack” 6-Day Walking Tour to explore the hikes and scenery of Clanwilliam and the Cederberg, the Gifberg, the Knersvlakte, Vanrhynsdorp & Nieuwoudtville and returning through the Sandveld along the West Coast to St Helena Bay, Langebaan and the West Coast National Park.

Tuesday 10th September 2019 – Sunday 15th September 2019

PRICE PER PERSON SHARING R 10 900.00 (Single supplement R 1 090.00)

To confirm your booking a non-refundable Booking Fee of R 500.00 per person is payable.
On International payments a Handling Fee of R 350.00 per person is charged

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DAY 1 - PIEKENIERSKLOOF PASS, CEDERBERG & PAKHUIS PASS, CLANWILLIAM & RAMSKOP GARDENS

09h00 - Once we have everyone “on board” we travel along the N7 over the Piekenierskloof Pass and along the way we stop for a cup of tea and then on to Clanwilliam where we head into the majestic Cederberg via the Pakhuis Pass.  We stop off at the grave of the iconic South African Dr Louis Leipoldt and then on to Traveller’s Rest where we walk the 4 km Sevilla’s Bushmen Trail and enjoy a light lunch - this is an easy meander with the emphasis on exploring nine fascinating rock art sites. 
In the afternoon we visit the Ramskop Gardens in Clanwilliam for a display of regional plants.  If time allows on the way to Vanrhynsdorp we hope to pop into the Klawer Winery for a quick wine-tasting.

Accommodation & Dinner: Letsasi Lodge, Vanrhynsdorp (www.ncfamouslodges.co.za/Letsatsi)


DAY 2 – THE KNERSVLAKTE, VANRHYNSDORP, THE KOKERBOOM SUCCULENT NURSERY & THE GIFBERG.

09h00 - We start a busy day with a visit to the Knersvlakte where we will be treated to a guided walk by an area specialist.  Here we will experience first-hand the unique growing conditions and fascinating succulent plants that are so well-adapted to this harsh environment.  Back in Vanrhynsdorp we visit the succulent nursery for tea before driving through the Maskam region and over the scenic Gifberg Pass to our overnight stop at the Gifberg Holiday Farm.  Here we will enjoy a light lunch before setting off
with a local specialist guide who will take us on a 2-hour interpretative afternoon hike. 
Dinner is an “Al-fresco” braai under southern stars.

Accommodation & Dinner: Gifberg Holiday Farm (www.gifberg.co.za)


DAY 3 – BUSHMEN PAINTINGS, MOUNTAIN HIKES, GIFBERG WATERFALL & NIEUWOUDTVILLE

08h00 - This morning we grab an early breakfast and set off with our guide on an 8km hike to discover the Matsikamma mountain plateau – we follow the “spoor” of small game, learn about rooibos tea cultivation and get acquainted with local flora.  We view breath-taking Bushmen paintings, admire dramatic mountain landscapes and enjoy our packed lunch at rock pools and cascading waterfalls.
We should be packed and ready to set off by vehicle again around early afternoon when we drive the rest of the Gifberg pass via the Waterfall and head off over the impressive Vanryhyns Pass to our accommodation in Nieuwoudville. 

Accommodation & Dinner: Van Zijls’ Guesthouses (www.nieuwoudtville/vanzijlsguesthouses)


DAY 4 – NIEUWOUDTVILLE WATERFALL, KOKERBOOM FOREST, THE HANTAM BOTANICAL GARDENS & MATJIESFONTEIN FLOWER FARM.

09h00 - After breakfast we drive to the Nieuwoudtville Waterfall and explore the Kokerboom Forest in the early-morning light before heading to the Hantam Botanical Gardens for an 8km explorative walk of this unique biome and the fascinating geography of the so-called “Bulb Capital of the World”. 
Here we enjoy packed lunches and if time allows we will pop into the flower farm Matjiesfontein.
We now head due West and our next destination is the quaint seaside village of Strandfontein on the Atlantic Ocean where the scenery and vegetation takes on a completely different character.  

Accommodation: Stoepsit & Vinknes Cottages, Strandfontein Dinner: Kommetjie Restaurant


DAY 5 – STRANDFONTEIN, A CLIFF-TOP WALK TO DORINGBAAI & ON TO VELDDRIF

08h00 - This morning we meet our local guide who has an impressive knowledge of the uniquely adapted vegetation of the Sandveld for a 4-hour coastal walk to Doringbaai.  This spectacular route follows narrow footpaths along rugged coastal cliffs overlooking the cold Atlantic Ocean.  A delicious Fish&Chips lunch and local tipple awaits us in our “special” venue at Doringbaai.  After lunch we meander along bumpy gravel roads through this remote area to Velddrif where we will spend the night.  A visit to this “fishy” town will be incomplete without a late-afternoon saunter down Bokkomlaan . . .

Accommodation & Dinner: Russells’ on the Port, Velddrif (www.russellsontheport.co.za)


DAY 6 - THE LANGEBAAN LAGOON, THE WEST COAST NATIONAL PARK AND POSTBERG.

09h00:  After breakfast we set off to the West Coast National Park where we will do a short hike to a spectacular view-point.  We then drive on to the Postberg Nature Reserve which features fabulous views, lovely wild flowers, a variety of antelope and game species as well as birds of the West Coast National Park.
Here we will enjoy our packed lunches and sadly by 14:30 we have to leave the park to start our journey to be back in Cape Town by 17:00.


* Our Groups are small and personal.
* Our Bus: We travel in a “rugged” 10-seater bus which is fairly restricted both for passengers & luggage.

* Our Accommodation and Meals: ALL MEALS are included in the price of our tours with a packed lunch on all hiking days and a large selection of hiking snacks to choose from
* Also included is a morning stop for tea, as well as water/tea/coffee/soft drinks at meals. 
Alcoholic beverages are for your own account. 
Accommodation and restaurants are carefully selected and the best to be found in Namaqualand.

* Your Guide/s: You will be in the capable hands of a registered and qualified Tour Guide with many years of experience and a fair botanical and cultural knowledge.  As an added extra we make use of specialist local guides in certain areas to enrich the experience for our guests.

* Fees: ALL ENTRANCE FEES are included as per this itinerary as well as Pick-ups and Drop-offs

We reserve the right to alter our route according to weather/road conditions and the flower displays.
We aim to find the best flowers to be seen!

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This tour is purely operated by Annelee Steyn and therefore her terms & conditions apply and not those of Go Cape Tours.
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