Spring wild flower vacation in Namaqualand, South Africa
The seasonal spring flowers of Namaqualand provide the canvas to this six day nature tour of South Africa but with only two departure dates demand is extremely high.
Cape Town Ramskop Nature Reserve Vanrynsdorp succulent nursery Niewoudtville Wild Flower Reserve Quiver Tree Forest Namaqua National Park Goegap Nature Reserve Rooibos tea farm Postberg Nature Reserve Khwatuu San Cultural Reserve
R 9900 excluding flights
Includes: accommodation in hand selected guest houses; travel in a small group of 10 people; local expert guide; all meals; all entrances. Single supplement of ZAR1100 (£65GBP)
Description of Spring wild flower vacation in Namaqualand, South Africa
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4 Reviews of Spring wild flower vacation in Namaqualand, South Africa
4.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 20 Sep 2018 by Grazyna Wismont-LesinskaFantastic! Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Sep 2018 by Vicky JohnsonThe flowers in Niewoudtville were spectacular as was the drive with a local farmer who shared his knowledge of the plants and the area. His farm has been in his family for 6 generations Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Sep 2017 by Linda NorburySeeing the mass of flowers at postberg was the most memorable. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Sep 2016 by Alan JohnsonThe people we met made our vacation! The flowers, landscapes and birds were all wonderful but it was our guide, driver and hosts who made the experience so special. Read full review
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PlanetWe endorse “slow travel” and the emphasis on our Spring flower journeys is to be outdoors amongst the flowers, walking, photographing, observing and spending as much time as possible in nature.
On this journey we visit and support seven different South African national parks and nature reserves dedicated to the conservation and protection of their local flora, fauna and ecosystems. We also spend time on private farms where the landowners have committed themselves towards protecting the unique flora and cultural heritage, such as Bushman rockart, found on their land and practice sustainable land usage as much of the wildflower region consists of sheep farms.
Our guides encourage guests to be respectful of nature by staying on the designated paths when walking amongst the flowers and keeping a respectful distance when viewing wildlife. At the beginning of the journey each participant receives a refillable water bottle, which can be used daily to top up with local tap water (which is perfectly safe for drinking ) instead of purchasing numerous plastic bottles. Our list of do's and dont's of responsible travel is also given to travelers before departure and discussed by our guide.
We directly sustain the environment by being supporters of the Trees For Tomorrow Project in Platbos Forest, a unique ancient forest with trees over 1000 years old found in the southern Cape. For each participant on this flower journey one tree sapling is planted in the forest and guests have the opportunity to visit the project, learning about the trees on a guided walk and planting their own young tree if they are interested on a scheduled excursion either prior or post the journey. The extra cost is R1000 per person and includes a picnic lunch.
PeopleWe encourage involvement with local projects and communities wherever possible: we incorporate a stop at the Khwattu! San Cultural and Education Center on the West Coast for lunch (prepared by San trainees in the hospitality industry) and a visit to the craft shop where local San handcrafted products can be purchased directly supporting the crafters.
We support small entrepeneurs and service providers on our flower journeys: we stay in small owner-managed, hand-selected guest houses, eat locally prepared speciality dishes of the region and support a variety of local suppliers such as a special rooibos tea tasting tearoom in Clanwilliam, and a seasonal small restaurant on a flower farm. We stop at small local roadside farmstalls to buy fresh produce from the region.
At the end of our flower journey each participant receives a hand crafted item from Streetwires, a local empowerment project we partner with in Cape Town whereby previously unemployed “street” people are given the opportunity to learn the craft of beading with wire. A visit to the project can be arranged prior or post the journey.
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