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West Coast Flower Update

29 August 2016

WEST COAST FLOWER HOTLINE

072 938 8186
T:     +27 (0)22 433 8505
E:     tourism@wcdm.co.za
W:    www.capewestcoast.org




Enquiries:     Lizl Swart

 
Flower Shows

&

Viewing Tips

 
Please scroll down past the regional info, to find out when and where this year's Flower Shows will be, as well as how to get the best out of your flower viewing experience!
                                                                        ** Photo credit: Tania Fouche
 

 

VANRHYNSDORP

Location of flowers
Lankverwacht Farm – R27
Urionskraal and Kobee pad.
R27 - 7 km out of Vanrhynsdorp towards Niewoudtsville.
Maskam Guest Farm
R27 between Vredendal and Vanrhynsdorp
 
Type of flowers
Sigaretvygies, Douvygies, surings , Perdebosse, wit soê, blou sporries, beatle daisies,knoppies opslag
Piet Snotjies, vygies, poeierkwassies, viooltjies, leeu bekkies, veldkool, varkslaai, weeskindertjies, stinkruik, gansogies.

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

Location of flowers
Nuwerus area – School and Church
 
Type of flowers
Daisies, gousblomme

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, Lutzville, Strandfontein and Doringbaai
Strandfontein Town
 
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)
Plenty
 
 
VREDENDAL,KLAWER & TRAWAL AREA

Location of flowers
R363 between Klawer and Vredendal
Vredendal – North – Vleiland road
20km south of Klawer on N7 – between Bulshoeksdam and Clanwilliam
Road between Vredendal and Lambertsbay. 7km ‘s before Vredendal
Lambertsbay town
 
Type of flowers
Reenblomme, douvygies , geel,wit & oranje daisies, gousblomme,pers vygies.

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

**Pictures below were taken in Strandfontein on 26 August 2016 by Tania Fouche.
 
 
CLANWILLIAM

Location of flowers:
Ramskop Nature Reserve

Type of flowers:
Daisies
Suurkanol
Vygies
Blousporrie
Sandluisie
Ridderspoor


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

Ramskop Nature Reserve (plenty)
VELDDRIF

Location of flowers:
All the open plots in town. The Golf course. On the Piketberg road. Kruispad plaaspad. Hopefieldpad vanaf Velddrif.

 

Type of flowers:
Wit Madeliefies
Wilde Kamille
Geel Hongerblom
Langbeen Suring
Bedou
Weeskindertjies
Melkbos
Veldkool
Wilde Roosmaryn
Blou Salie
Vyfpondbos
Pietsnot
Elandsvye
Ossiebossie
Oranje Gousblom
Bokbaai Vygies
Jonkmansknoop
Pers Viooltjies
Geel Madeliefie
Slaaibos
Strandsalie
Geel Kruippoproos
Kinkelbossie
Veertjie
Vygiebosse
Klappertjie
Trekkertjie
Magriet
Sandpypies
Bokhoringkies
Slakblom
Bosvygie
Geeloogsuring
Blou Forget- me- not
Kantblommetjie


How many flowers:
Please note this is someone’s perception, and not a guarantee
(Fields/Plenty/Patches/Few)
Fields
 
**Paternoster August 2016 Photo credit: Manerva Clarke    
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
Entrance to town from R45 via Church Street
Fynbos Park and Old Grave Yard
 
Type of flowers:
Moraea gawleri - Tulp
Moraea Miniata - Tulp
Babiana Tubiflora - Bobbejaantjie
Heliophilia - Sporrie
Diascia - Pensies
Hemimeris Racemosa - Geelgesiggies
Wachendorfia Parviflora - Kanol
Cysticapnos Vesicaria - Klappertjies
Pelargonium - (various species)
Albuca (various Species)
Hesperantha falcata - Aandblommetjies
Ferravia - Spinnekopblom
Muraltia Scorpis - Duinebessie
Nemesia - Leeubekkies
Satyrium odorum - Soettrewwa
Tetragonia (various species) - Klapperbrak Kinkelbossie
Trachyandra (various species) Veldkool
Ornithoglossum viride - Groenspinnekoppie
Melasperula ramosa - Feëklokkies
Lapeircusia Jaquin - Bloukoningsblom
Hermannia (Various species) Poprosies
Euphorbia (various species) - Melkbos
Disperis Villosa - Moederkappie
Wit, Geel & Helder Oranje Gousblomme (daisies)
Persbosse, Bitoubos
Bruin Saliebos 
Pers Drumsticks
Groot plate Camel blomme, Geel Bokbaaivygies,
Arum Lilies (along the river)
Viooltjies (Lachenalia)
Weeskindertjies, Geel Hongerblomme
Cineraria, Suikerkanne, Aalwyne, Rotsstert
Aandblomme, Pienk Wilde Malva, Wit Morea, Sewe dae Geneesbossie, Pers & Pienk Vygies, Melkbos, Slymstok, Kapokbos, Vlei-rys blommetjies, Blou Salie, Red heart Pocus in vleilande, Skilpadbessie, Duinebessie, Blombos, Tolbos (Leucadendron), Restios
 
How many flowers:
Please note this is someone’s perception, and not a guarantee.
(Fields/Plenty/Patches/Few)
 Fields / Plenty
 
JACOBSBAAI
 
Location of flowers:
Surroundings of Jacobsbaai
 
Type of flowers
Bietou, Chrysanthemoides monilifera, ossierrapuis, Othonna cylindrical, soetkopdikblaar, Senecio sarcoides, bruinsalie, Salvia africana-lutia, skilpadbessiebos, Muraltia spinescens, slaaibos, Zygophyllum morgsana, geelmelkbos, Euphorbia mauritanica, hanepoot, harpuisbos, Euryops multifidus, sjielingbos, Zygophyllum cordifolium, siering, Oxalis pescaprae, gousblom, Arctotis hirsute, cape weed, Arctotheca calendula, reenblommetjies   Dimorphotheca pluvialis, strandhongerblom, Senecio maritimus, bokbaaivygies   Dorotheanthus bellidiformis, elandsvy, Carpobrotus acinaciformis, kleinkruid  ,Foveolina tenella, varkoor, Zanthedeschia aethiopica, witslakblom, Hebenstreitia repens, grootdikblaar, Senecio aloides, weskusdaisy, Felicia elongate, berggousblom, Ursinia anthemoides, bloupypie, Gladiolus cearuleus, bobbjaantjie, Babiana ambiqua, persdouvygie  ,rosanthenum floribundum, strandsewejaartjie, Helichrysum revolutum, astertjie ,Felicia tenella, stinkkruid, Oncosiphon suffruticosum
 
 
How many flowers:
Please note this is someone’s perception, and not a guarantee.
(Fields/Plenty/Patches/Few)
 Fields / 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
Road to Geelbek and Kraalbaai
Kraalbaai to Tjaarbank
Road between Saldanha and Langebaan
Langebaan Park gate to Seeberg
Postberg Gate left to Plankiesbaai
 
Type of flowers:
Suring (Yellow & Pink Flower)
Reenblommetjies (White)
Orange Gousblom
Sukkelbossie
Sporrie
Geel Hongerblom
Harpuisbos
Blombos
Kapokbossie
Strand Sallie
Bietou
Vygies
Bobbejaankool
Geelmelkbos
Froetang
Pietsnot
Vygies
Kapokbossie
Bloubekkie
Varklelies
Vygiebos (Purple & Pink)
Blouflaks
 
How many flowers:
Please note this is someone’s perception, and not a guarantee.
(Fields/Plenty/Patches/Few)
Fields / 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:
Trachyandra falcata (Namakwa Kool)
Trachyandra muricata (rolbos Kool)
Trachynadra ciliata (hotnots Kool/Wildeblomkool)
Ballota africana (Kattekruie)
Gladiolus caeruleus (Saldanha Pypie)
Ornithogalum cooperi (Geldbeursie)
Lampranthus vredenburgensis (Vredenburg kruip Vygie)
 Zaluzianshkya parviflora (mini Drumsticks)
 Danbeya zeyheri (Bobbjaanhoek)
 Romulea elliptica (Vredenburg Froetang)
 Roepera morgsana (Slymbos)
 Lapeirousia jacquinii (blou Koringblom)
 Carpobrotus quadrifidus (Elandsvy)
 Carpobrotus edulis (yellow Suurvy)
 Othonna coronopifolia (sand Bobbejaankool)
 Othana cylindrica (dikblaar Bobbejaankool)
  Arctotheca populifolia (Seepampoen)
  Arctotis hirsuta (Sout Gousblom)
  Dimorphoteca pluvialis (Reenblommetjie)
  Arctopus echiniatus (Platdoring)
  Oxalis pes-caprae(geel Suring)
  Oxalis obtusa (geeloog Suring)
  Aristea africana (Blousuurkanol, Koringbloometjie)
  Lachenalia rubida (sand Viooltjie)
  Lessertia frutescens (Kankerbos)
   Dorotheanthus bellidiformis (Bokbaai Vygie)
   Conicosia puginiformis (groot Vetkousie)
   Onocosiphon africanum (Wildekamille)     
         
How many flowers:
Please note this is someone’s perception, and not a guarantee.
(Fields/Plenty/Patches/Few)
Fields / Plenty

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
Drive between Langebaan and Saldanha
 
Type of flowers:
White Rain Daisies
Gousblom
Suring
Piempiempies
Pienk Froetang
Saldanha Piempie
Silwer Lewertjie
Wilde Malva
 
How many flowers:
Please note this is someone’s perception, and not a guarantee.
(Fields/Plenty/Patches/Few)
Fields / Plenty
 
ST HELENA BAY
 
Location of flowers:
MAIN ROAD/BRITANNIA BAY/DUYKER EILAND/DA GAMA MONUMENT
Britannica Heights
Roadside coming into St. Helena and in the village
Veld, roads and hills between Stompneus and Britannia Bay
SHELLEY POINT

Type of flowers:
Zantedeschia aethiopica (varkblom)
Dimorphotheca pluvialis (reenblommetjie)
Arctotis hirsuta (gousblom)
Arctotis breviscapa (sandveld gousblom)
Oxalis compressa (baster suuring)
Grielum humifusum (pietsnot)
Chrysanthemoides monilifera (bietou)
Eriocephalus africanus (kapokbossie)
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)
Fields / Plenty

VREDENBURG
 
Location of flowers:
R45 exits from town towards Paternoster, Saldanha and Velddrif
Between Hopefield and Vredenburg pass Fossil Park
Juffroushoogte guest Farm
Windstone R45
  
Type of flowers:
Gousblomme (Orange and Yellow)
White Rain Daisy
Surings
Arum Lillies
Gousblomme
Vygies
 
How many flowers:
Please note this is someone’s perception, and not a guarantee.
(Fields/Plenty/Patches/Few)
Fields / Plenty
 
WEST COAST FOSSIL PARK
 

Location of flowers:
Langebaanweg (R45) On route to West Coast Fossil Park from R27
Entrance to the Park
On route to the Main Building
On route to the Dig Site
Steenbokvlakte
 
Type of flowers:
White Rain Daisy - Fields
Orange Gousblomme - Few
Geel surings - Plenty
Veldkool – Plenty
Koringblommtjie - Few
Vygies – Few
Drumsticks - Plenty
Baster suuring - Plenty
Pietsnot - Patches
Veld Cineraria - Patches
 
How many flowers:
Please note this is someone’s perception, and not a guarantee.
(Fields/Plenty/Patches/Few)
Fields / Plenty

                                                                                                                  Photo credit: WM Duckitt
                                                                    SWARTLAND


DARLING AND SURROUNDS

Location of Flowers:
R27 at Rondeberg Private Nature Reserve - NB private property - view from road only
Tienie Versfeld Reserve (R315 Darling – Yzerfontein) and along roadsides between Darling and R27 / Yzerfontein
Renosterveld Reserve Darling  - visitors should walk around the front of the water reservoirs as well as on the cut path on the western side past the reservoirs.
Duckitt Nurseries Wildflower Reserve – farm road through reserve (R307 Darling – Mamre –in front of Duckitt Nursery); this reserve is looking beautiful. Visitors drive through reserve at own risk - take care to drive slowly - avoid potholes - do not drive off road
Groote Post  (Darling Hills Road)
Waylands Reserve (R307 towards Mamre) is also open now.

 
Type of flowers:

All the Renosterveld flowers - Moraea, Babiana, Spiloxene, Oxalis, Vygies
Fields of Arctotis hirsuta  (Gousblom) and Dimorphotheca pluvialis (white raindaisies)
Tienie Versfeld is looking beautiful: Fields of yellow hongerblom with lots of pink vygies bushes, blue flax and white oxalis. The smaller vygies are also starting
Hundreds of kalkoentjies can be seen blooming in the Renosterveld reserve if visitors walk straight up the main path. A large variety of other species blooming: small yellow moraea, sterretjies, and small pink agretjies, purple koringblommetjies (lapeirousia), pink and yellow oxalis, white bokbaai vygies, blou pypies, romulea and more


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



YZERFONTEIN

Location on flowers:
The best locations for flowers are currently the Schaap Island trail which is accessible by foot. Vygies growing between the rocks are a sight to see.Flowers to be seen all around take a walk or take a drive.The village is full of colour from the gardens of our residences.Please do note that the flowers are at their best on a sunny day near mid day.Visit our office for a map of Yzerfontein or email us at
yzerfontein@polka.co.za for a map.

"Swemgat" trail located in Dassen Island Drive
Schaap Island trail
Atlantic Drive
Indigenous Gardens
New development area on Dassen Island drive near the Labyrinth
R315 as you drive to Yzerfontein patches of flowers emerging.
Luti Katz drive and extension.
Arum crescent located above the harbour.

Type of flowers:

Lachenalia
"Bosvygies"
"Skilpad bessie"
Asparagus fasciculatus
Gladiolus gracilis
Hermannia scabra
Disaster Daisies
September bos
Gous blomme
Strandrossies
Purple "Bobbejaantjies"
Red Malfa
Spinnekop blom
Elands vy


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

NAMAQUA NATIONAL PARK  -  NORTHERN CAPE
 
 

Namakwa Flower Update

29 August  2016
 
Dear All
 
This  is  now  the  fourth  week  of  the 2016  Namakwa  flower  season  and  tourists  arrivals   on   our  flower  routes  are  significant.
 
The  number one   spring  flower  hotspots   for this  season  are  the Namakwa  National  Park  and  the  Tankwa  Karoo  National  Park.  The  Namaqua  National  Park  have  over  twenty  flower   species  in  bloom and  the  flower patches  have  become  more  dense  and  wider  spread  over  the  past  3 weeks.  The  landscapes   of  Namakwa  Daisies   are  still  looking  good  and lushes   at  the  Tankwa  Karoo  National  Park. 
 
The  flower  hotspots   in  the  Springbok  and  surrounding   area  are  the  town  of  Nababeep  as  well  as  the  valley  between   Okiep  and  Concordia.
 
Tourists  must  take  into  consideration  the  past  warm  days   with  temperatures   that  reached   a maximum  of  up to  31 degrees.  Kindly  note  that  such   high  temperatures   have  a  negative  effect  on  the   life  cycle   of  the  flowers  in  bloom.
 
Tourists   could  phone  the  Namakwa  Flower  Hotline  @ 072 760 6019 from  08h00 am  until  20h00 pm,  7 days per week for  advice  on  the flowers when  planning   their  trips  or  when  they  are    experience   the  spring  flower  routes  of  the  Namakwa  region.
 
Date Day  Temperature  min Temperature max Weather conditions
249 August  Monday  14 31 Sunny
30  August  Tuesday  14 31 Sunny 
31 August  Wednesday  7 26 Cloudy 
01 September  Thursday  7 19 Cloudy
02 September Friday  15 28 Sunny 
03 September Saturday  11 28 Windy 
04 September Sunday  6 19 Cloudy 
05 September  Monday  7 19 Cloudy
06 September  Tuesday  7 22 Sunny 
 
Where to view   the  flowers
 
  • Tankwa Karoo National  Park 
  • Niewoudtville 
  • Calvinia 
  • Papkuilsfontein
  • Maatjiesfontein  Tourist  Stall
  • Soebatsfontein  
  • Garies 
  • Rooifontein (between Kamieskroon  and Rooifontein) 
  • Nababeep 
  • N7 Shoulder  of  the road 
  • Kamieskroon 
  • Namaqua National  Park   
  • Concordia 
  • Bulletrap 
COMPILED  BY
PEARL HEYN
SENIOR  TOURISM  OFFICER 

 
 


NORTHERN CAPE
 
For more information on Flower Hotspots in the Northern Cape:

Pearl Heyn
Namakwa Tourism, Springbok
027 712 8036
pearlh@namakwa-dm.gov.za
FLOWER SHOWS
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



 


 
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
For Updated Weather Reports, you can visit the following websites:
 

www.yr.no       www.accuweather.com      
www.windguru.com      www.fallingrain.com   www.weathersa.co.za

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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