5 Day Namaqualand Spring Flower Tour


 

 button  ZAR8,600 per person

Single Supplement : R1,250*

Tour Dates:

2018 TBC

Starting Point:

Anywhere in Cape Town

Ending Point:

Anywhere in Cape Town

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“Experience of a lifetime!”

“It is said by the locals that when God was making the earth, He left the best for last and took His time with the amazing and spectacular… Spring Flowers of Namaqualand… creating the “Garden of the Gods!”

Every year once the winter rains have fallen, people flock to Namaqualand to marvel and experience a miracle of nature. The normally arid semi desert area is transformed from a dusty, dry barren landscape into a tapestry of colours you will never forget!

The change is unbelievable and perhaps nowhere else will one find such a dramatic, exciting and exuberant awakening to Spring than in the Namaqualand area. The Namaqualand spring flowers are justifiably world famous and in a good year this botanical masterpiece puts on a show unrivaled anywhere on Earth!

Day 1: Cape Town – Piekenierskloof Pass – Citrusdal – Clanwilliam – Ramskop Gardens – Biedouw Valley – Van Ryhnsdorp

We do pick-ups in Stellenbosch, V&A City Lodge Cape Town as well as Cape Town International Airport. Should you fly in, we request guests to be at Cape Town Airport not later than 08:30, for us to depart approximately 09:15. Even better, if you arrive day before departure and spend the night either in Stellenbosch or V&A City Lodge, we can assist with your booking for this additional accommodation.

We travel either the N7 on our way to Citrusdal. Piekenierskloof Pass is the “gateway” or the “window” to the north and the flower show starts. We will enjoy some tea/coffee and something sweet in Piekenierskloof as well! We will enjoy beautiful flower patches between Citrusdal and Clanwilliam. Our lunch will be in Clanwilliam. If still on, we will visit the flower show in the historical church of Clanwilliam, visit the Ramskop Garden just outside Clanwilliam. Visit a Rooibos Tea factory. Tea to taste, video about the industry and a small shop to purchase from. Due to health reasons no factory visits allowed. We then head off to the SPECTACULAR “Biedouw Valley” with its “blankets” of flower fields….certainly the highlight of the day. This is a full program before heading off to either Vredendal or Van Ryhnsdorp where we will spend the night.

Included meals: Lunch & Dinner
Included activities: Ramskop Garden & Rooibos Tea Factory & Biedouw Valley
Optional activities: N/A
Overnight: Vredendal or Van Rhynsdorp
Accommodation: Bella Ombre Guesthouse or Letsatsi Lodge
 

Day 2: Van Ryhnsdorp – Van Rhyns Pass – Nieuwoudtville - Matjiesfontein Farm - Papkuilsfontein - Hantam Botanicle Gardens

After a typical farmer’s breakfast, our flower adventure continues! We visit the succulent nursery in Vanrhynsdorp before heading up the spectacular Van Rhyns Pass to Nieuwoudville. We spend the rest of the morning exploring the flower farm Matjiesfontein. This an amazing flower experience and definitely the highlight of the day. Lunch is a relaxed rustic affair on either Maatjiesfontein or the historic Papkuilsfontein farm. We then finish off the day with a flower drive before making our way back to Vredendal/Van Rhynsdorp.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included activities: Visit a nursery, Van Rhyns Pass, Maatjiesfontein Farm & Papkuilsfontein Farm
Optional activities: N/A
Overnight: Vredendal or Van Ryhnsdorp
Accommodation: Bella Ombre Guesthouse or Letsatsi Lodge
 

Day 3: Garies – Namaqua National Park – Kamieskroon – Springbok – Okiep

This morning we have an early start as we have some distance to cover - with our final destination Springbok!

We stop over in Garies for a quick refreshment and to stretch our legs, before we make our way to Kamieskroon and the Namaqua National Park (also known as Skilpad). We spend some considerable time here to enjoy these magnificent flowers, praying the weather plays along! You will have ample time to take some amazing photos and this is the perfect spot for the advent photographer! We leave here in the late afternoon and make our way to our final destination, Okiep Country Lodge.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included activities: Garies, Namaqua national Park
Optional activities: N/A
Overnight: Springbok
Accommodation: Okiep Country Lodge
  

Day 4: Okiep – Springbok – Nababeeb – Guchab Nature Reserve

Today promises to be one of the most memorable days of your lives as we experience the “real” Namaqualand notably the flowers of Okiep, Springbok, Nababeeb and the Guchab Nature Reserve. Each year these places never cease to amaze me and we trust the rain “gods” will be generous in these areas! We spend the entire day absorbing these amazing displays. We will also enjoy a picnic lunch before heading back to Vedendal/van Rhynsdorp.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included activities: Experience the “real” Namaqualand notably the flowers of Okiep, Springbok, Nababeeb and the Guchab Nature Reserve
Optional activities: N/A
Overnight: Vredendal or Van Rhynsdorp
Accommodation: Bella Ombre Guesthouse or Letsatsi Lodge
 

Day 5: Langebaan - West Coast National Park – Postberg - Cape Town

Today we have another early start as this amazing journey comes to an end late afternoon. We spend our day exploring the flowers of the West Coast and the West Coast National Park.

We travel back via Clanwilliam, Leopoldtsville, Dwarskersbos, then from Velddrif to Langebaan! We will also enjoy the natural beauty of the Langebaan lagoon. The visit to Postberg Flower Reserve will be the highlight of the day as this part of the park is only open 2 months of the year! We will also enjoy a packed lunch in the park.

We leave the park in the late afternoon and make our way to cape Town, where we will arrive between 5:30 – 6pm as our journey comes to an end!

Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Included activities: Langebaan Lagoon & West Coast National Park
Optional activities: N/A
Included:
  • Registered Cathsseta guide
  • Transportation in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Services of a registered guide
  • Tea tasting
  • All activities as per itinerary
  • All meals (4 x breakfasts, 5 x lunch & 4 x dinners)
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Soft drinks, tea/coffee & water at lunch
  • Water & snacks on the bus
  • Wine Tasting
Excluded:
  • International airfare (to South Africa, and home)
  • Personal and medical insurance
  • Activities not specifically stated in the itinerary
  • Meals not specifically stated in the itinerary
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
PRIVATE TOURS - PRICE PER PERSON:  
R8,600 pp Single Supplement : R1,250

Please Note : A 20% NON REFUNDABLE deposit is required to confirm booking. Balance payable 60 days before departure!

NB: Please note that a minimum of 6 people are required for the tour to run.

Capey Tours

Pre Departure Info

Important notes

  1. This trip departs early in the morning on day 1 and it is strongly recommended that you arrive at least one day prior.
  2. This trip is a combination of short break Adventures and you will be joined by your local tour guide
  3. Prices are based on double/twin/family share and a compulsory single supplement applies for solo traveler’s. See Important notes for more details.
  4. A departure airport transfer is included on Day 1 of this short break adventure. Please ensure your arrival and departure flight details are provided to your at least 7 days prior to your departure.

Group size

Maximum of 18 travelers per group

Your fellow traveler’s

This trip is operated in "Join-In" basis and you may travel alongside other Capey Tours or non-Capey Tours traveler’s during included activities.

Please note many of our Short Break Adventures operate with a minimum of 2 people, so there may be instances where there are only 2 people on the trip.

Accommodation

Hotel / Guesthouse / Backpackers depending on your choice

Meals & Drinks

As per the itinerary. Drinks are for your own account

Money Matters

SOUTH AFRICA

The official currency of South Africa is the Rand (ZAR). The best way to manage your money in Africa is a mixture of cash and an ATM card (best to have both Visa and MasterCard).

Cash

Cash is easily changed at exchange bureaus and they generally offer the best rates. ***PLEASE NOTE: MANY BUSINESSES AND BANKS IN AFRICA DO NOT ACCEPT US DOLLAR NOTES OLDER THAN 2006. IF YOU ARE BRINGING USD, WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND LARGE BILLS IN GOOD CONDITION, 2006 SERIES ONWARDS ONLY. ANY OLD OR DAMAGED NOTES MAY NOT BE ACCEPTED. ***

The South African Rand can also be used widely in countries of Southern Africa. When changing money, only use reputable authorized money exchange vendors and never anyone on the street. There are many instances of traveler’s being given counterfeit notes or being tricked when money is being counted out.

Visa & Master Card

With ATMs being increasingly available in the many major towns and cities and even some campsites, credit or debit cards are a convenient way to access money. Throughout Africa, cards with the Visa logo are most readily recognized, although MasterCard is also accepted in most places. A charge is made for each international transaction - please check with your bank how much this fee will be. Check with your bank before leaving home that your card can be used as a debit card in Africa. You may also want to notify your bank that you are visiting Africa as it's not unknown for banks to freeze cards which show sudden transactions in other countries. At “A Team Tours” we are serious about your safety and strongly advise that you follow the following rules when drawing cash at an ATM:

  • Take someone with you when you want to withdraw money from an ATM
  • Withdraw money inside a bank if possible
  • Do not withdraw large sums of money from an ATM – rather use your credit card
  • NEVER ACCEPT HELP FROM A STRANGER, not even

When it comes to money matters on the trip, every traveler is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need.

Also make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so you know what's included in the trip price and what isn't. This should make budgeting a little easier. You'll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that's this document).

Emergency Funds

Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$500, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (e.g. a natural disaster, civil unrest, strike action or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.

Joining Point

Cape Milner Hotel

2a Milner Road

Tamboerskloof

Cape Town

SOUTH AFRICA

Phone: 27 (21)4261101

Finish Point

Cape Milner Hotel

2a Milner Road Tamboerskloof Cape Town SOUTH AFRICA Phone: 27 (21)4261101

Joining/Finish point description

The Cape Milner is a sophisticated, comfortable hotel in the Tamboerskloof region of central Cape Town. All rooms have a refined, contemporary decor, en suite bathrooms and fabulous views of Table Mountain. Tea and coffee making facilities are included as is Wi-Fi and flat screen TV's. The hotel facilities include an elegant dining room, outdoor pool, glass-roofed bar, a small gym and many lounge areas.

Joining/Finishing Point Instructions

If you have pre-booked a departure transfer, please inform your leader and they will notify you of your departure transfer time. If you are making your own way to the airport the hotel will be able to help book you an airport shuttle or taxi. Please ask at reception.

Emergency Contact

In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, A Team Tours representatives can be reached on +27 810188912 (24/7). For general enquiries or questions about your booking, please visit us at www.capeytours.co.za/contact-us While we always endeavor to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip. We recognize that there may be times when your group tour leader/guide may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager? You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.

Visas

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarize yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

SOUTH AFRICA:

Australia: No visa required Belgium: No visa required Canada: No visa required Germany: No visa required Ireland: No visa required Netherlands: No visa required New Zealand: No visa required Switzerland: No visa required United Kingdom: No visa required USA: No visa required

Citizens of the above countries do not need visas to visit South Africa as a tourist for up to three months. Citizens of all countries should check with the relevant consulates as to whether a visa is required.

Entry Requirements - Passports

Please note that non-machine readable passports are no longer accepted by South African immigration. All visitors to South Africa must have a machine readable travel document (e-passport). Failure to present an e-passport will result in denied entry. Passengers with a valid visa issued in a non-machine readable passport will be handled on a case by case basis, but a fine will still be applicable.

Entry Requirements - Travelling with Children

A new immigration regulation came into effect on 1st October 2014, whereby parents will need to produce an original unabridged birth certificate if they are travelling with children. The new regulation has been put in place to protect children from being abducted, kidnapped and preventing child trafficking. The Department of Home Affairs has urged all parents to apply for unabridged certificates for their children. Additionally, further documentation including permission to travel, may be required if only one parent is travelling. These are requirements of the immigration regulation 6 (12)(a) for parents travelling with children. So just to be on the safe side, more information can be found here: http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/civic-services/traveling-with-children

We recommend traveler’s check requirements before travel as they can change.

What to Take

What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the tour you have chosen and when you are travelling. Generally speaking, you should pack as lightly as possible.

Most traveler’s carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc. for day trips.

Water Bottle

Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. We recommend at least a 1.5litre capacity. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments.

Health

All Capey Tours traveler’s need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveler is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Capey Tours reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.

You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.

Yellow Fever

A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home.

It is your responsibility to check with your doctor well in advance of leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.

Travel Insurance

span style="font-size: 14pt;">Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24-hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.

A Couple Of Rules

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Capey Tours traveler’s. Capey Tours philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Capey Tours, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately, please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.

Responsible Travel

We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimize the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects.

Safety

At Capey Tours we take your safety very seriously. Like any other country in the world, South Africa also has “hotspots” where it’s not safe to go. In order to keep you safe at all times, we have listed a few pointers below that will go a long way in ensuring your safety in various situations:

ATM’s

  • Take someone with you when you want to withdraw money from an ATM
  • Withdraw money inside a bank if possible
  • Do not withdraw large sums of money from an ATM – rather use your credit card
  • NEVER ACCEPT HELP FROM A STRANGER, not even someone who looks like a security guard. If your card should get stuck or be “swallowed” by the machine, stay there and send you companion to look for help or phone the number on the machine
In the Car
  • Plan your route in advance
  • Keep your car doors locked at all times and windows closed
  • Lock valuable items in the boot
  • At night, park in well-lit areas
  • Never pick up strangers or hitch-hikers
  • If in any doubt about the safety of an area, phone a police station for advice
At the Hotel
  • Never leave your luggage unattended
  • Store valuables in the hotel’s safe-deposit box
  • Keep your room locked, whether you’re in it or not
  • If someone knocks, check who it is first before opening the door
  • Hand the keys in at reception whenever you leave the hotel
 

In the Street

  • Avoid ostentatious displays of expensive jewelry, cameras and other valuables
  • Don’t carry large sums of money around
  • At night, steer clear of dark, isolated areas
  • It’s better to explore in groups and stick to well-lit, busy streets
  • A policeman or traffic officer will be glad to direct you if you get lost
  • If you want to call a taxi, your hotel or the nearest tourist information office will recommend a reliable service

Feedback

After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future traveler’s.

www.capeytours.co.za

We trust you enjoyed your adventure and look forward to seeing you return ASAP!

“Capey Tours”

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