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Five Day West Coast Spring Flower Tour

“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!

Make sure you bring along a pair of boots or walking shoes, a sun hat, sun block, a camera, a small suitcase and something warm to wear!

2024 Tour Dates

8-12 August 2024
13-17 August 2024
20-24 August 2024
27-31 August 2024
2-6 September 2024

2025 Tour Dates

7-11 August 2025
15-19 August 2025
21-25 August 2025
28 August – 1 September 2025
4-8 September 2025

2024 Prices

R10,600 per person sharing
R2,300 single supplement (additional)

Day 1: Cape Town

Guests arrive late afternoon at Cape Town International Airport. We collect guests from airport and transfer to our accommodation for the evening. We will enjoy dinner together, followed by a briefing for the flower tour.

Overnight: Melkbosstrand

Activities Included: Airport transfer

Accommodation: The Lodge @ Atlantic Beach or Similar

Meals: Dinner

Namaqualand
Cederberg Mountains
Clanwilliam Main road

Day 2: Cape Town – Piekenierskloof Pass – Citrusdal – Clanwilliam – Ramskop Gardens – Biedouw Valley – Van Ryhnsdorp

After breakfast, we travel 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 along the road! 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 (time permitting).

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 Van Ryhnsdorp where we will spend the night. Time permitting, we will pop in by the Rooibos Regional shop!

Overnight: Van Ryhnsdorp

Activities Included: Ramskop Garden & Biedouw Valley

Accommodation: Letsatsi Lodge

Meals: Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Van Ryhnsdorp – Van Rhyns Pass – Nieuwoudtville - Matjiesfontein Farm - Hantam Botanical Gardens

After a typical farmer’s breakfast, our flower adventure continues! We visit the succulent nursery in Van Rhynsdorp (time permitting) before heading up the spectacular Van Rhyns Pass to Nieuwoudtville. 

We start our day with a visit to the Quiver Tree Forest, which is just an amazing experience. After soaking up these very unusual surroundings, we head off to the Nieuwoudtville Waterfalls.

We then spend the rest of the morning exploring the flower farm Matjiesfontein. This is an amazing flower experience and the highlight of the day. Lunch is a relaxed rustic affair at Matjiesfontein farm. We then finish off the day with a visit to the spectacular Hantam Botanical Gardens (time permitting), before making our way back to Van Rhynsdorp.

Overnight: Van Ryhnsdorp

Activities Included: Quiver Tree Forest, Nieuwoudtville Waterfalls, Van Rhyns Pass, Matjiesfontein Farm & Papkuilsfontein Farm, Hantam Botanical Gardens

Accommodation: Letsatsi Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Quiver tree forest
waterfalls
Postberg flower reserve
West Coast flowers

Day 4: West Coast – West Coast National Park – Postberg

Today we have another early start as this amazing flower 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! In Velddrif we visit the very famous “Bokkomlaan” (time permitting) – Where time stands still.

Bokkomlaan is named after the salted, silvery, savoury mullet strung into bunches and hung to dry, like biltong (jerky). It is the signature local delicacy in this area. We visit the numerous “stalls/shops” for some interesting purchases.

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 light lunch in the reserve.

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

Overnight: Melkbosstrand

Activities Included: Langebaan Lagoon & West Coast National Park

Accommodation: The Lodge @ Atlantic Beach or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Melkbosstrand – Cape Town International Airport

After breakfast, guests will be transferred to Cape Town International Airport for their flight home.

Overnight: N/A

Activities Included: Airport transfer

Accommodation: N/A

Meals: Breakfast

Cape Town International Airport

Includes

  • Registered Cathsseta guide
  • Transport in air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • 4 nights’ accommodation as per the itinerary above
  • All meals: 4 x Breakfasts; 3 x lunches & 3 x Dinners
  • Soft drinks, tea/coffee & water at lunch
  • All activities as per itinerary
  • Water & snacks on the bus
  • Wine tasting

Excludes

  • International airfare (to & from South Africa)
  • Activities not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
  • Gratuities
  • Drinks
  • Meals not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal & medical insurance

We can assist you with accommodation bookings in Cape Town, Franschhoek or Stellenbosch should you decide to come in a day earlier or stay on after the tour!

Capey Tours reserves the right to change the daily routes as it deems fit due to weather, road conditions and / or where the flowers are showing the best. Please also note that the flowers normally bloom from about 10am – 3pm, depending on the weather (flowers need 16 – 18 degrees to open) and the sun and this plays a huge part in our daily itinerary!

Below are the tours where we still have limited space available:

* 8 – 12 Aug 2024
* 13 – 17 Aug 2024
* 20 – 24 Aug 2024
* 27 – 31 Aug 2024
* 2 – 6 Sept 2024

Should you decide to proceed, please return these completed forms to us, with your proof of 50% deposit to confirm your booking. Balance of payment due 14 days prior to your tour.

This will be our 11th year of hosting these flower tours and we are confident that you will see flowers on any of our dates! We stop amongst the flowers, so very little walking, but you can walk as little or as much as you like. Our groups are mostly senior people.

Cape Town residents:

As you reside in our beautiful city, there’s no need to sleep over at The Blaauwberg Hotel. We do however invite you to join us for the group welcome meeting and dinner on day 1 at the hotel (included in the costs). Your price for the tour will be R9,800 per person sharing, with an additional R1,800 for a single supplement.

Also, please see some notes below:

  1. All flights are arranged by the clients and are NOT included AND ARE ADDITIONAL FOR YOUR ACCOUNT. Depending on your city of departure, please see the flights below you must book for your trip to Cape Town (day 1) – PLEASE SEE NOTES BELOW AS TO WHICH FLIGHTS/TIMES TO BOOK FROM VARIOUS AIRPORTS
  2. All airport transfers/shuttles will be handled by Capey Tours and are included. Clients advise flight details with booking or ASAP. Clients to arrive the afternoon on day 1 as per itinerary
  3. All meals included, EXCEPT dinner on day 4, that’s for your own account. All drinks for own account. Clients can have dinner at the hotel on day 4 or at one of the few restaurants in the are. Re meals, please note that its difficult to obtain “Halaal” food on the West Coast on a constant basis, but we do provide vegetarian meals on all our tours
  4. All entrance/park fees included
  5. A 50% deposit secures your booking, with the balance due 14 days prior to your tour

FLIGHTS TO BE BOOKED – OWN ACCOUNT

Johannesburg to Cape Town – Please book as follows:

– SAFAIR Flight FA206: 12h15 – 14h35 landing in Cape Town
– Any other flights, please book so that you land in Cape Town between 14h00 – 15h00 or as close as possible

Return Flight: Cape Town to Johannesburg – Please book as follows:

– SAFAIR Flight FA299: 10h15 – 12h20 landing in Johannesburg
– Any other flights, please book a flight that departs between 09h30 – 11h00

Durban to Cape Town – Please book as follows:

– SAFAIR FA161: 12h10 – 14h30 landing in Cape Town
– Any other flights, please book so that you land in Cape Town between 14h00 – 15h00 or as close as possible

Return Flight: Cape Town to Durban – Please book:

– SAFAIR FA463: 10h25 – 12h30 landing in Durban
– Any other flights, please book a flight that departs between 09h30 – 11h00

Port Elizabeth to Cape TownPlease book as follows:

– SAFAIR FA133: 12h30 – 13h55 landing in Cape Town
– Any other flights, please book so that you land in Cape Town between 14h00 – 15h00 or as close as possible

Return Flight: Cape Town to Port Elizabeth – Please book:

– SAFAIR FA130: 12h35 – 13h55 landing in Port Elizabeth
– Any other flights, please book a flight that departs between 09h30 – 11h00

George to Cape Town – Please book:

– SAFAIR FA191: 16h15 – 17h20 landing in Cape Town
– Any other flights, please book so that you land in Cape Town between 14h00 – 15h00 or as close as possible

Return Flight: Cape Town to George – Please book:
– Any other flights, please book a flight that departs between 09h30 – 11h00

Bloemfontein to Cape Town – Please book:

– Any other flights, please book so that you land in Cape Town between 14h00 – 15h00 or as close as possible

Return Flight: Cape Town to Bloemfontein – Please book:
– Any other flights, please book a flight that departs between 09h30 – 11h00

PS: PLEASE book the correct flights for the correct dates. Capey Tours does not accept responsibility for incorrect flight bookings by clients.