Flower Season is upon us

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The West Coast Flower Season is a bucket-list item for any nature lover or outdoor fan. Flower season is at its peak from August to September annually.

 

 

                                                  West Coast Flower Update
                                                             28 July 2016

 

 

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WEST COAST FLOWER HOTLINE

072 938 8186

                                                      VIEWING TIPS      

 

Tips while viewing flowers

•    The flowers are open between 11:00 and 15:00, the warmest part of the day
•    The sun must be out for flowers to open, thus rainy or overcast days are not ideal
•    The day temperature must be at least 18 degrees 
•    Flowers face the sun, thus for viewing and pictures keep your back to the sun
•    Get out of the car and walk around, don’t miss the special smaller species
•    Tread lightly, don’t unnecessarily trample plants, and never pick flowers or bulbs

What to wear when viewing flowers

•    Long pants and insect repellent when walking around in the field
•    Comfortable shoes

Advice to tourists 

•    Try to book your accommodation in advance
•    The West Coast Flower Hotline is available from 08:00 to 20:00, 7 days a week
•    Most towns along the flower routes have fuel stations, ATMs and mobile reception
•    The further north, the further apart the towns, keep in mind when planning
•    Stop and ask locals for advice on flower hot spots, distances, etc – they’re friendly
•    Namakwa/West Coast flower maps are available at all tourism information offices

                                                                                 NAMAQUA WEST COAST

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VANRHYNSDORP

Location of flowers
Lankverwacht Farm – R27 between Vanrhynsdorp and Nieuwoudtville.
Urionskraal and Kobee pad
R27 between Vredendal & Vanrhynsdorp.
 
Type of flowers
Sigaretvygies, Douvygies, surings , Perdebosse, wit soê, blou sporries, beatle daisies,knoppies opslag

How many flowers
Please note this is someone’s perception, and not a guarantee.
(Fields/Plenty/Patches/Few)
Patches 
 
DORINGBAAI,STRANDFONTEIN & LUTZVILLE AREA

Location of flowers
R362 between Vredendal, Strandfontein and Doringbaai
 
Type of flowers
 Douvygies, Perdebosse, daisies, gazanias, reenblomme
 
How many flowers
Please note this is someone’s perception, and not a guarantee.
(Fields/Plenty/Patches/Few)
Patches 
 

VREDENDAL,KLAWER & TRAWAL AREA

Location of flowers
R363 between Klawer and Vredendal
 
Type of flowers
Reenblomme, douvygies,daises
 
How many flowers
Please note this is someone’s perception, and not a guarantee.
(Fields/Plenty/Patches/Few)
Patches 

NAMAQUA NATIONAL PARK  –  NORTHERN CAPE
 
28 July 2016
 
The flower season is supposed to approach us soon, but at this stage, mainly due to low rainfall it does not look very promising. According to the local people and specialists more rain are needed.
 
We are getting occasional enquiries, but at this time I think it is safe to say that the magnitude of flowers cannot be predicted at this stage. Last year in June only 90.93mm was measured at Skilpad. The whole region and especially the farmers are on their knees, praying for rain.
 
See below the April-July (24th) 2016 rainfall in mm:
 
April45.98
May5.58
June34.03
July (24th)22.35
  
To date 2016107.94
 
We trust that the flowers will boom, even a bit later, probably towards the middle or end of August, and that it may be a good season.
 
Currently there is some flowers in the Skilpad Section of the Park (see pictures attached), but not really carpets of flowers that are covering the ground.
 
In the meantime we keep our fingers crossed for the rain.

Angela B. Isaks
Park Manager: Namaqua National Park

** Pictures below were taken at Skilpad Section of the Park on 25 July 2016.
 

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CLANWILLIAM

Location of flowers:
Ndedema Lodge, Biedouw Valley (Mietjiesfontein), Augsburg Landbou Gimnasium on the R364, and Ramskop Nature Reserve, Algeria (Cape Nature), Bushman’s Cave Bergteater, Between Citrusdal and Clanwilliam on the N7.

Type of flowers:
Daisies (Wit en Oranje Harpuis)
Vygies
Blousporrie
Sandluisie
Suurkanol
Ridderspoor

How many flowers
Please note this is someone’s perception, and not a guarantee.
(Fields/Plenty/Patches/Few)
Ramskop Nature Reserve (Plenty)
Biedouw Valley (Plenty)
Augsburg Landbou Gimnasium (Plenty)
Algeria (Few)
Sanddrif (Few)
Between Clanwilliam and Citrusdal (Few)
Bushman’s Cave Bergteater (Plenty)

 


                                                                                             BERGRIVIER                         

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                                                                           CAPE WEST COAST PENINSULA

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HOPEFIELD
 
Location of flowers:
 
In town on vacant plots
Next to Soutriver in town
Langebaanweg (R45)
Next to roadside from Bloemendal farm to R27
Plaasmol (R45) 5km outside Hopefield
Gravel road between Langebaanweg and Cloeteskraal
Next to the road at the entrane of the farm Sandvlei
Road between R45 and Moorreesburg (R311)
Next to Library
At Hopefield Sports Grounds
 
 
Type of flowers:
Wit Reënblommetjies (Daisies),
Orange Gousblomme
Geel Bobbejaantjie
Pienk en Geel surings
 
How many flowers:
Please note this is someone’s perception, and not a guarantee.
(Fields/Plenty/Patches/Few)
 Plenty
 

JACOBSBAAI
 
Location of flowers:
Surroundings of Jacobsbaai
 
Type of flowers:
Kleinkruid
Bietou
Soetkop dikblaar
Ossierrapuis
Hongerblom
Reënblommetjies
Gousblom
Suring
Varkoor
Bokbaaivygie
 
 
How many flowers:
Please note this is someone’s perception, and not a guarantee.
(Fields/Plenty/Patches/Few)
 Plenty
 
LANGEBAAN
 
Location of flowers:
Postberg, West Coast National Park
Langebaan Gate to Geelbek
Oostewal & Sunbird Drive
Langebaan Town / Langebaan Country Estate
Myburgh Park, Oliphantskop
 
 
Type of flowers:
Suring (Yellow Flower)
Reenblommetjies (White)
Orange Gousblom
Sukkelbossie
Sporrie
Geel Hongerblom
Harpuisbos
Blombos
Kapokbossie
Strand Sallie
Bietou
Vygies
Bobbejaankool
Geelmelkbos
Froetang
 
How many flowers:
Please note this is someone’s perception, and not a guarantee.
(Fields/Plenty/Patches/Few)
Plenty

WEST COAST NATIONAL PARK:
Postberg open until 30 September!!! TEL: 022 772 2144
Entrance Fees:
South African Adult Citizens – R64 / Kids under 12 – R32
International Tourist R136 per adult / Kids under 12 – R68
 
Open Week: 12 – 16 September FREE entry for South African Citizens!!
(Bring ID Book)
 
PATERNOSTER
 
Location of flowers:
On smallholding Pelgrimsrust before entering town
Bekbaai
Cape Columbine Nature Reserve
 
Type of flowers:
Slymbos
Surings
Kattekruie
Bobbejaankool
Bokbaai Vygie
Sand Viooltjie
White Rain Daisy
Gousblom
Bruinsalie
Poprosies
 
How many flowers:
Please note this is someone’s perception, and not a guarantee.
(Fields/Plenty/Patches/Few)
 Patches
 
SALDANHA

Location of flowers:
From Blue Bay Lodge
Drive into Camp Street on way to town
Pass Saldanha Holiday Resort
Diazville
SAS Saldanha Nature Reserve – Between Malgaskop and Moresonkop
 
Type of flowers:
White Rain Daisies
Gousblom
Suring
Piempiempies
Pienk Froetang
Saldanha Piempie
 
 
How many flowers:
Please note this is someone’s perception, and not a guarantee.
(Fields/Plenty/Patches/Few)
Plenty

ST HELENA BAY
 
Location of flowers:
MAIN ROAD/BRITANNIA BAY/DUYKER EILAND/DA GAMA MONUMENT
 
Type of flowers:
Zantedeschia aethiopica (varkblom)
Dimorphotheca pluvialis (reenblommetjie)
Arctotis hirsuta (gousblom)
Arctotis breviscapa (sandveld gousblom)
Oxalis compressa (baster suuring)
Grielum humifusum (pietsnot)
BRITANNICA HEIGHTS

Type of flowers:
Chrysanthemoides monilifera (bietou)
Eriocephalus africanus (kapokbossie)
 
SHELLEY POINT

Type of flowers:
Jordaaniell dubia (kruipvygie)
Dorotheanthus bellidiformis (bokbaai vygie)
 
How many flowers:
Please note this is someone’s perception, and not a guarantee.
(Fields/Plenty/Patches/Few)
Patches

VREDENBURG
 
Location of flowers:
R45 exits from town towards Paternoster, Saldanha and Velddrif
 
Type of flowers:
Zantedeschia aethiopica (varkblom)
Gousblomme (Orange and Yellow)
White Rain Daisy
Surings
 
How many flowers:
Please note this is someone’s perception, and not a guarantee.
(Fields/Plenty/Patches/Few)
Patches

 
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YZERFONTEIN


Location of Flowers
Yzerfontein still has few flowers as our flowers always bloom later than the rest of the West Coast town. The village is full of colour from the gardens of our residences. Lachenalia can be found on the “Swemgat” and Schaap Island trail as well as some Vygies.

“Swemgat” trail located in Dassen Island Drive
 Schaap Island trail
 Atlantic Drive
Indigenous Gardens

Type of flowers:
Lachenalia
Bosvygies
Skilpad bessie

How many flowers:
Please note this is someone’s perception, and not a guarantee.
(Fields/Plenty/Patches/Few)
Few

                                                                                             FLOWER SHOWS
 
HOPEFIELD:

Name:              Hopefield Fynbos Show
Date & Time:          25-28 Aug 2016
Venue:              Hopefields Sports Ground
Admission:      TBC
Contact detail: hopefield@sbto.co.za or 073 100 0357

 

 

  
CLANWILLIAM:
 
Name:      Clanwilliam Wild Flower Show
Date & Time: 26 Aug – 3 Sept 2016 9am – 6pm (Daily)
Venue:           Clanwilliam Church
Admission:   Adults R50 / Pensioners  R35
                                  Children R10
Contact detail: cederberg@lando.co.za or (027) 482 2024

 
DARLING:

Name:             99th Darling  Wildflower Show
Date & Time: 16 – 18 Sept 2016 – 9am – 5pm
Venue:            Darling Golf Club
Admission:    Adults R50 Children (U18) R30
                        Children (U13) free
                        Pensioners (Friday only) R30
Contact detail: 084 916 1111

Remember that along with the flowers it is also WHALE SEASON!For updates on sightings or to log sightings, click here

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