Compiled by the Succulent Karoo Knowledge Centre, Kamieskroon (David 079 184 8717)
The flower season is at its end except for some places along the west coast.
NB ! Although the Namaqualand flower displays are mostly over, Namaqualand still has dramatic and beautiful scenery and places of cultural interest to visit. Please drop in at the local information centres in the towns for more information.
· Darling - Both Tienie Versveld and the Darling Groenkloof reserves are worth a visit. Oude Post - people can drive through but must stay on the road as the road can be wet alongside. Flowers to see: suring (early Oxalis), and lots of bloupypie (Gladiolus gacilis).
· Most of the flowers in the West Coast National Park have finished, apart from individual flowers here and there and it is suggested that you stop and get out of your vehicle and walk among the flowers to see a greater variety. The park will be closing at the beginning of next week because it is the end of the flower season. The flowers do not open when there is mist over the park, but as soon as sunlight breaks through they will start to open. Person to contact: Carmen 022 772 2144.
· Postberg still has good flower viewing - open until the 30 September. One must travel through the West Coast National Park to get there, where an entrance fee will be charged at R38 for adults and R26 for children, for all SA citizens, and R72 for adults and R40 for children, for all overseas travellers. There will be free admission for SA Citizens between 13 - 17 September, including the entry fee into West Coast National Park.
· The ACVV Tea garden in Ramskop Nature Garden is open till 30 September 2010.
NAMAQUALAND & SURROUNDINGS FLOWER ROUTE
1. Between Nieuwoudtville and Matjiesfontein there are beautiful Namaqualand daisies, cup-and-saucers (Androcymbium or Colchicum sp.), syblom, and the endemic blue pride (Geissorhiza spledidissima) flowers, which are only found in Nieuwoudtville, however most of the flowers in Nieuwoudtville are starting to reach their end. At Matjiesfontein the flowers are starting to finish and the padstal in Matjiesfontein is closed. The road is a gravel road; it is accessible with a normal vehicle, but drive carefully. The flowers are coming to their end on the Rondekop route. Papkuilsfonteins flowers are starting to reach their end. Between Nieuwoudtville and Loeriesfontein, 4km outside Nieuwoudtville, there is a turn off to your left, which will take you to Grasberg trekroete. These flowers however are reaching their end as well. Biekos, out the church gates, right at the four ways. Take the Loeriesfontein road. Turn left at the Grasberg sign and look out for the Biekos sign; the flowers at Biekos are starting to go down, but it’s still the best area around Nieuwoudtville to view flowers. Person to contact: (Belinda 027 218 1336).
2. There are still some volstruisvygie (Jordaaniella spongiosa), just north of Koingnaas. Person to contact: (Sandy 082 454 2020).
3. Along the Kamieskroon Leliefontein road, past the turn off to Droëdap/Spring turnoff, there is a turn off to Pedroskloof. Take this for some patches of orange daisies, some berggousblomme (Ursinia calenduliflora), and some pietsnot (Grielum humifusum), however some of these patches of flowers are beginning to go down. Person to contact: Succulent Karoo Knowledge Centre 079 184 8717.
4. At Namaqua National Park most of the flowers have finished. You will still see a few flowers if you climb out of your vehicle, and walk along the coast. When in the park you can keep an eye out for a number of birds, including the black eagle, jackal buzzard, rock kestrel, northern black korhaan and the two booted eagles nesting in the blue gum tree near the park reception. Person to contact: (Namaqua National Park 027 672 1948 and the Succulent Karoo Knowledge Centre 079 184 8717).