Spring flower tour
Carpets of wild flowers adorn the West Coast and Namaqualand during the spring months of August and September. But there are plenty of additional reasons to explore this part of the country. Not least of which, the Cederberg is a playground for naturalists interested in unique fynbos biomes. In spring months, the area is a carnival of wild flower displays. Furthermore, it is home to that quintessential South Africa export, rooibos tea.
This tour includes visits to a mix of private and public flower reserves. Most showcase pristine indigenous fynbos, thereby offering an extravaganza of wind-dispersed Sandveld flowers. However, one private reserve is part of an active farm which incorporates the critically endangered lowland fynbos biome. Here, livestock play an active role in seed dispersal, allowing for a spectacular display of flowers each spring.
We also include insight into the human activities in the region, with exposure to the important rooibos industry. Together with fishing on the coast, the many rock art sites in the Cederberg highlight the ancient and contemporary lifestyles of the indigenous communities.
The tour offers an opportunity to see the annual spring flower displays while delving a little deeper into the activities of the region.
You may also want to consider our 3-night Wine and Whales tour up the east coast
ZAR 18 010 per person sharing a room
ZAR 2 500 single room supplement
We require a minimum of 6 participants to operate this tour at the listed price
We will operate this tour with fewer participants, but a private trip rate will apply
We reserve the right to increase the tour price in the event of a sudden increase in permit or park fees
TRIP FEE INCLUDES
Accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
Entrance fees to parks and reserves
Rooibos farm and !Khwa ttu visits
Bicycles in Paternoster (please request when booking)
Knowledgeable, experienced, English-speaking guide
Friendly, English-speaking driver
Transport in a 13-seater minivan or 17-seater small coach
TRIP FEE EXCLUDES
Collecting permits if applicable
Additional touring not in the itinerary
Gratuities for driver and guides
We make use of 4-star guesthouses and small hotels close to the reserves and regions we will be exploring.
All rooms are en suite and breakfast is included
YOU SHOULD KNOW
The weather in Aug/Sept will still be cold and can be fairly wet.
We recommend you bring good rain gear and robust walking shoes for excursions in the reserves.
Warm clothing is also recommended. P
lease remember, most homes and guesthouses are not centrally-heated and rooms can be cold at night.
We will gladly apply for collecting permits at the reserves and National Park.
Please advise if you would be interested in adding your name to the permit list.