More than smelling the daisies
It's flower season again, so why not get in a car and head off to the Northern Cape and the West Coast to see the amazing wildflowers.
Map Studio's Road Map Flower Route to the West Coast & Namaqualand is a valuable tool for finding your way around the main flower regions during flower season.
The colourful hardcopy map has lots of pretty images (flowers, animals and attractions) and includes details of the entire flower route from Cape Town all the way to the Namibian border, as well as GPS coordinates; information on activities, accommodation, facilities and attractions en route; and lots of small details to make your journey easier and more interesting. There are also details of the local tourism authorities and individual street maps on Vanrhynsdorp, Malmesbury, Lambert's Bay, Citrusdal, Clanwilliam and Springbok, as well as maps of the lAislAis/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, the Namaqua National Park, West Coast National Park.
If you do take this spectacular journey during August/September, here are some highlights:
- Stay over at the award-winning Bushmans Kloof Wilderness & Wellness Retreat and enjoy a picnic surrounded by wildflowers (also Cederberg)
- Grab a bag of oranges at a Citrusdal roadside stall
- See the Cape gannets on Bird Island
- Enjoy a delicious seafood meal at one of the restaurants in Paternoster
- Check out the shipwrecks of Port Nolloth
- See the bat-eared fox for the first time
- Stay over at a B&B in Kamieskroon
- From Kamieskroon, take a day trip into the Namaqua National Park for spectacular flower sightings at Skilpad
- Explore the coastline and dunes at Groenriviersmond
- Spend time with the community in the Richtersveld and take excursions to the Nama villages
- Get to know your vygies from your Livingstone daisies (details of these pretty plants are all on the map)
- Enjoy South African hospitality wherever you go – take the time to stop and smell the daisies.
For more information on flower sightings in the Namaqua National Park, read park manager Bernard van Lente's flower report on the SANparks website.