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West Coast Flower Update

22 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: Mike Spies
 

 

VANRHYNSDORP

Location of flowers:
Lankverwacht Farm – R27
Urionskraal and Kobee pad.
R27 between Vredendal & Vanrhynsdorp.
R27 - 7 km out of Vanrhynsdorp towards Niewoudtsville.
 
Type of flowers:
Sigaretvygies, Douvygies, surings , Perdebosse, wit soê, blou sporries, beatle daisies,knoppies opslag

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
 
CLANWILLIAM

Location of flowers:
Ramskop Nature Reserve, Clanwilliam Dam, Biedouw Valley, Ndedema Lodge , Vrede Oord Cemetery, Skimmelberg, Vrede Oord Guest Farm, Enjo Nature Farm

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)
Clanwilliam Dam (plenty)
Biedouw Valley (plenty)
Ndedema Lodge (plenty)
Vrede Oord Cemetery (plenty)
Skimmelberg (Plenty)
Vrede Oord Guest Farm (Plenty),

 

VELDDRIF

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

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


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

**Pictures below were taken in Velddrif in August 2016.
 
 
**WCNP August 2016 Photo credit: Chriselda Botha    
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
 
 
Type of flowers:
Wit Reënblommetjies (Daisies),
Orange Gousblomme
Geel Bobbejaantjie
Pienk en Geel surings
Nemesias
Gladioluses
Babianas
 
 
How many flowers:
Please note this is someone’s perception, and not a guarantee.
(Fields/Plenty/Patches/Few)
Fields
 
JACOBSBAAI
 
Location of flowers:
Surroundings of Jacobsbaai
 
Type of flowers
Kleinkruid
Bietou
Soetkop dikblaar
Ossierrapuis
Hongerblom
Reënblommetjies
Gousblom
Suring
Varkoor
Bokbaaivygie
Weskus Daisy
Blou Pypie
Elandsvy
 
 
How many flowers:
Please note this is someone’s perception, and not a guarantee.
(Fields/Plenty/Patches/Few)
Fields
 
 
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
Varklelie
Vygiebos (Purple)
Blouflaks
 
How many flowers:
Please note this is someone’s perception, and not a guarantee.
(Fields/Plenty/Patches/Few)
Fields

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:
Slymbos
Surings
Kattekruie
Bobbejaankool
Bokbaai Vygie
Sand Viooltjie
White Rain Daisy
Gousblom
Bruinsalie
Poprosies
Various Veldkool
Bont Leeubekkie
Baster suring
Rolbos Kool
Vredenburg Froetang
Seepampoen
Koringblommetjie
Vygie
Elandsvy
 
 
How many flowers:
Please note this is someone’s perception, and not a guarantee.
(Fields/Plenty/Patches/Few)
Fields
 Varies in flower types from plenty - patches / overall plenty of different species
 
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
 
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

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
 
 
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:
Wit Reënblommetjies (Daisies) - Fields
Orange Gousblomme - Few
Geel surings - Plenty
Veldkool - Plenty
Koringblommtjie - Few
Vygies - Few
 
How many flowers:
Please note this is someone’s perception, and not a guarantee.
(Fields/Plenty/Patches/Few)
Fields
 

                                                                    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 
 
Type of flowers:
All the Renosterveld flowers - Moraea, Babiana, Spiloxene, Oxalis, rain Daisies, Vygies
Fields of Arctotis hirsuta  (Gousblom) and Dimorphotheca pluvialis (white raindaisies)
Lots of pink vygies bushes, blue flax and white oxalis. The fields of yellow that can be seen from the road is yellow hongerblom. The smaller vygies are also starting.
A large variety of species blooming here: small yellow moraea, sterretjies, kalkoentjies and agretjies, pink and yellow oxalis, white bokbaai vygies, blou pypies, romulea and more
Awash with blue flax, white and yellow daisies. Other varieties starting
Arum lilies, more and more white and orange daisies. Also chasmanthe

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

** The pictures below were taken at Duckitt Nurseries Reserve in August 2016. Photo credit: WM Duckitt.

NAMAQUA NATIONAL PARK  -  NORTHERN CAPE
 

  
We had no rain at all this week.  Friday night was very cold and it looked like it was going to rain, but we had a nice sunny day on Saturday.  Today was cold and in the afternoon it started to rain and is still raining.  I will only have that meter reading tomorrow.  During the week it stayed cold in the morning till around lunch time before the flowers could open and some days it couldn’t even open properly and the wind was blowing.  There is definitely an improvement in the condition of the flowers in the park.  There are more variety and they are more wide spread in various areas of the park. It seems like the flowers are also a bit denser and longer than a few weeks back.  Kamieskroon the town also have very nice flowers.  All along the N7 towards Springbok, in Springbok and at Nababeep the daisies and purple vygies have started to bloom.  We are still not in our peak time, maybe after this rain we will see a major change. The species are mainly the same as the previous report. Gousblom are starting to bloom all over Namaqua.  At Skilpad you will mainly see different species of Gousblom and Pietsnot. The following flowers are also starting to bloom: T’neitjie, Sporrie, Varkiesknol, Vygiebos, Bokbaaivygie, Sandvygie, Sterretjie, Botterblom, Bittergousblom, Perdebos, Dassiegousblom, Namaqua daisy.
 
The coastal area in the park (Groen river to Spoeg river) doesn’t have a lot of flowers as yet. Most of the flowers are between the Bitter River and south of Kwass as well as at Skuinsbaai Noord.  Visitors must enter the coastal area from north to south to view flowers at its best. Currently there are a variety of vygies like the Koper vygie, Volstruis vygie, Vygie bos and Skaapbos. Please note that the coastal section of Namaqua NP can only be visited with a 4x4.
 
The Caracal Eco route in Namaqua National Park have a variety of flowers in the inland area especially from the turnoff to the route till sign number 7.  It is essential to buy the guide booklet at one of our offices if you intend doing this route. The route takes all day and a 4x4 is essential due to some sandy stretches along the coast. You will find a variety of colors of vygies and sporries especially different colors of pink and purple.
 
Towards Soebatsfontein you will find a lot of white gousblom, and yellow sporries.
  
Rainfall at Skilpad:
April 2016:  45.98mm
May 2016:   5.58mm
June 2016: 36.56mm
July 2016: 143.40mm
August 2016 (to date)  12.69mm
 
Visitors must please note that the ground is very soft and muddy at this stage, so please do not drive on non-designated roads or off existing roads since you will get stuck.  Also note that the Wildeperdehoek Pass is still in a bad condition.  We advise visitors to please drive slowly and careful on all gravel roads in Namaqua and not only in the park.  We will keep you updated on the road conditions.
 
It should be noted that it is very difficult to predict with certainty what the flowers would be like and that we can only guess based on current weather conditions.
  
ELANZA VAN LENTE
TOURISM AND HR OFFICER: NAMAQUA NATIONAL PARK


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
HOPEFIELD:
 
Name:                      Hopefield Fynbos Show
Date & Time:          25-28 Aug 2016
Venue:                     
Hopefields Sports Ground
Admission:              Thu- Fri R20 Adults, Seniors R15, Children R10

                                 Sat- Sun R40 Adults, Seniors R30, Children R20
Contact detail:       info@fynbosskou.co.za  or 
                                  073 100 0357


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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