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Let’s go wildflower spotting and with the help of West Coast Tourism, you can know just where to find them.

  • Wednesday, 14 August 2019
  • Linda Chivell

West Coast Flower Update

This information first appeared in the Weskus Flower Report on 8 August 2019 and updated on 13 August 2019

Wildflower season The Farmhouse is on our Wildflower accommodation list

It’s that time of year when we go wildflower spotting and with the help of West Coast Tourism, we know just where to find them.

Our flower season is dependant on the winter rains, the wind and other weather factors, and the displays vary from place to place each season.

There’s been a lot of rain in the Western Cape of late and West Coast Tourism says this bodes well for wildflower season. Here’s the latest West Coast wildflower update…

namakwa flowers

 Cederberg Region

Town

Lambert's Bay

 Location of flowers:

In and around town and open fields

On the R365 past Muisbosskerm

Steenbokfontein farm

On the R364 towards Clanwilliam

All the way down the R366 to Elandsbay

Up towards Doornbay

 Type of flowers:

Purple vygies, Daisies, Cape weed, Sierings, Bokbaai vygie, Sand vygies, Stinkruik

 How many flowers:

Patches all throughout the open areas and fields.

 Please note this is someone’s perception and not a guarantee.

(Fields/Plenty/Patches/Few)

Town

Elandsbaai

Location of flowers:

All around town and the mountain

On the R366 towards Redelinghuys

 Type of flowers:

Sand Vygies, Bokbaai vygies, Sierings, Cape Weed, Namaqua Daisies, Stinkruik

 How many flowers:

Patches all throughout the open areas and fields.

Please note this is someone’s perception and not a guarantee.

(Fields/Plenty/Patches/Few)

 Town

Clanwilliam

 Location of flowers:

Clanwilliam Town - entrance, sidewalks, open fields

Ramskop Nature garden

Clanwilliam Vrede Oord Grave yard

River Street (Park Street)

R364 - Clanwilliam | Graafwater | Lambertsbay

Bak-se-Rug

Boskloof - Warmhoek

N7

Kranskloof - Olyfenboschkraal - Skimmelberg

Type of flowers

Suring - fields

Clanwilliam Daisy - Harpuis

White daisy (Dimorphotheca pluvialis)

Orange daisy (Dimorphotheca sinuta)

Vygies

Lazy Daisy

Honger Blomme

Ridderspore (Skimmelberg)

bobbejaantjie (fragrant blue babiana)

Fynbos

How many flowers:

In town Plenty

On route Patches

Please note this is someone’s perception and not a guarantee.

(Fields/Plenty/Patches/Few)

weskus flower line

Town

Citrusdal

 Location of flowers:

Bo-rivier road- on both sides of the road there is flowers in patches on both sides of the road.

The Baths road- for about 30km out there is plenty of flowers to be viewed.

R303- there are plenty of flowers to be viewed.

Algeria road- on both sides of the road there is flowers in patches.

N7 towards Clanwilliam- There is plenty of flowers to be viewed.

 Type of flowers

White namaqua daisies

Orange namaqua daisies

Sierings

Gaans ogies

 How many flowers:

There is plenty of flowers to be viewed at most of the locations.

Please note this is someone’s perception and not a guarantee.

(Fields/Plenty/Patches/Few)

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Namaqua West Coast Region

Location of flowers:

From Vredendal towards Klawer on the R363.

On the N7 nearby the farm Windhoek.

Klawer Wine Cellar - N7 (patches)

R27 from Vredendal towards Vanrhynsdorp.

Gemboksrivier - R27

Lankverwacht Guesthouse on the R27 towards Nieuwoudtsville.

Gravel road from Vanrhynsdorp Caravan Park towards Gifberg.

Circular route on Gifberg road Urionskraal - Mauwerskop.

On Maskam Guest Farm flower routes can be followed. (fields of flowers)

R362 From Vredendal towards Lutzville and through towards Strandfontein.

Lambertsbaai dorp

Type of flowers:

Knoppies opslag, vygie bosse, oranje en wit daisies piet snotjies ,veldkool glasoog magrietjies, jakkalsblommetjies, bobbejaantjies,viooltjies, fruitang,weeskindertjies,pers vygies, gansoogies,stinkryk, sporries, bokhoring,armmansrokkies,groen vygies, hongerblomme,koesnaatjies,rotsbobejaantjies, sigaretvygies.

 How many flowers:

Patches

Please note this is someone’s perception and not a guarantee.

(Fields/Plenty/Patches/Few)

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NAMAKWA REGION

Cold misty weather prevailed at the Skilpad section during the morning of Wednesday 07 August followed by 7mm rains at this section between 14h00 and 16h30. According to locals, this seems to be a good flower season.

August rainfall tally = 7mm added to the previous rainfalls of:

May: 24.13 mm

June: 43.42 mm

July:   47.99 mm 

namakwa flowers Namakwa region

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.

Angela B. Isaks

Park Manager: NAMAQUA NATIONAL PARK

SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL PARKS (SANParks)

P.O.Box 117 KAMIESKROON 8241

TEL:   027-672 1948

CELL: 084-491 1140

FAX: 027-672 1015

angela.isaks@sanparks.org

WWW.SANPARKS.ORG

namakwa flowers vehicle

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 

  • The West Coast Flower Hotline is available from 08:00 to 20:00, 7 days a week
  •  Try to book your accommodation in advance
  • 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

  

 

 

 

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