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Flower Route Report 31 July 2009

Friday, July 31st, 2009
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After the strong bergwinds of the last almost 2 weeks, things are not looking so good for the future of the flowers. The veld desperately needs rain within the next 2-3 days but thankfully some rain, with plenty of cold weather has been predicted for this coming weekend, which should revive the veld somewhat. If not,  the flowers might be setting seed. There are still many places where the flowers have not yet started, and the promised rain will certainly bring them out.

The “rainy” cold weather predicted throughout the regions for this weekend will not be very good for flower viewing as the flowers will most likely not open.

In the south of Namaqualand the flowers are few and far in-between and rain is desperately needed (Vanrhynsdorp Tourism Gateway) whilst at Vredendal the veld needs another week to show itself (Matzikamma Tourism).

Patches of good flowers are already coming out between Lutzville and Strandfontein, especially some white daisies just west of the railroad bridge (Matzikamma Tourism)There are also patches of daisies along the R363 from Klawer to Vredendal (Matzikamma Tourism)

There are flowers around the Hardeveld Tourism Centre and in the main street of Bitterfontein(Hardeveld Tourism Centre)

Some flowers to be seen at Molsvlei and Stofkraal about 40km on the Rietpoort road from Bitterfontein. This road is a gravel road but passable for sedan cars(Hardeveld Tourism Centre, Vanrhynsdorp Tourism Gateway)

The Garies – Hondeklip Bay road is worth the drive. Especially harpuisbos and skaapbos in the area at Baksteenhoek about 25 km before Hondeklip Bay. (Garies Tourism Stall)

The coastal 4X4 route (2 vehicles together a must) is very beautiful. Take the Garies Hondeklip Bay road and then the turn off to Soutfontein though to Sarrisam and from there to the coast along to the Groen River Mouth (Garies Tourism Stall)

On the Garies-Groenrivier road, 30 km before Groen River Mouth is still good and the flowers at the mouth is stunning., especially the volstruisvygie (Garies Tourism Stall)

The flowers along the Garies – Doornkraal road is still improving (Garies Tourism Stall)

The Road through Grootvlei & Killian’s Passes from the N7 to Hondeklip Bay is picking up and especially beautiful near Grootvlei. It is a very scenic road and well worth it. The gravel road is bad, so take it slowly. One tends to drive slowly anyway because the scenery keeps your attention (Honnehok Chalets)

A good variety of flowers can be seen along the N7 from about 10 km south of Garies up to Stein Kopf with large skaapbos and perdebos bushes in full flower and between Springbok and Steinkopf purple vygies (Garies Tourism Stall)

Kamieskroon town is beautiful with Namaqua daisies and dassiegousblom. (SKK)
The road to Namaqua National Park just past the Haas River has large orange flower carpets (Namaqua National Park)

The Skilpad section in the Namaqua National Park is looking unbelievably good- possibly better than at any stage last year. It is mainly orange daisies, although some other flowers are starting to show up, such as Meidestert (Lapeirousia silenoides); Varkiesknol (Conicosia elongata) and hongerblomme (Senecio sp). The gravel to the Park has been graded this week. (Namaqua National Park)

Just north of Kamieskroon at Arkoep, both sides of the N7 there is still a spectacular orange Namaqua Daisy fields. (SKK, Springbok Tourism)

The around Springbok and in the town itself is still painted orange and worth a drive through if not to stay (Springbok Tourism, Springbok Lodge)

The area around Tweedam it is in full bloom (Springbok Tourism, SKK)

Nababeep – Here the flowers are just starting. (Springbok Tourism)

Okiep: Worth a visit – do a walkabout around town. (Springbok Tourism)

Goegap Nature Reserve: Sporries and Namakwa Daisy are flowering here and there. White vygies (N’Toutsiama) is at their best from about 14.00. You can also visit their excellent succulent exhibition. (Springbok Tourism, Goegap Nature Reserve)

Lots of purple vygies are on display 10 km west of Anenous Pass  (Alexander Bay Tourism)

There is a patch of white flowering bulbs about 30 km east of Port Nolloth  (Alexander Bay Tourism)

A visit to Holgatrivier 30 km N of Port Nolloth is a must! Visitors can stop along the road and meander through the area to the west. Along the riverbank you will find splashes of yellow, white and purple. (Alexander Bay Tourism)

Loeriesfontein is still beautiful (Melanie, Loeriesfontein)

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Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Killians Pass 28 July 2009

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

N7 Between Springbok and Kamieskroon

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Flower Route map now available!

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009