Flower season: planning your trip to the Northern Cape

June 22, 2016  — 
(Image: Northern Cape Tourism Authority )

The flower season is fast approaching so for you to take advantage of all the Northern Cape has to offer this spring, we’ve put together a list of places your can visit to help you plan your trip.

The big drawcard of the flower season is the Namaqualand region. Those who are planning to enjoy a leisurely stay can take in the stunning scenery from campsites such as the Namaqua Flower Skilpad Camp, which is within Namaqua National Park. Here at the Skilpad camp, where the closest town of Kamieskroon is 30km away, the mobile tents are erected right amid the flowers.

Floral delights in Kamieskroon, Namaqualand.

Floral delights in Kamieskroon, Namaqualand.  (Image: Martin Heigan)

The Dutch Reformed Church in Springbok.

The Dutch Reformed Church in Springbok.   (Image: Northern Cape Tourism Authority)

During the day visitors can go “daisy tripping” through the flowers by walking, biking or simply having a picnic. In the evenings the crystal-clear skies will ensure you’re treated to a stargazing session second to none. Those looking for something more adventurous can embark on mountain biking and take on the 4x4 trails. 

For more information, call Namaqua Tourism on +27 (0)27 712 8035. For bookings and enquiries at these campsites, call Yolandi Stander on +27 (0)84 299 5777 or email yolandi@experiences.co.za.

Towns such Springbok, Port Nolloth, Pofadder and Nieuwoudtville, among others, offer great flower-viewing opportunities. View our accommodation section to book for your stay in and around these towns. Springbok, by the way, is home to the country’s first commercial copper mine. It also has the oldest smelting furnace of its kind in the country.

Nieuwoudtville is often referred to as the “bulb capital of the world” for its large variety of indigenous bulbous plants. For those who want to further explore the town’s fascinating habitat can visit the Hantam National Botanical Garden. The garden has a picnic area on the lawn outside the office building, offer guided tours on a safari vehicle and have 9 different hiking trails.

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