Cape West Coast & Namakwa Flower report 17 September 2012 << go back

posted on 18 September 2012




The veld is currently really beautiful. The hot weather over the weekend has caused the later flowers that were not yet open (e.g. Chincherinchees), to bloom very quickly. The cooler weather expected this week means that it is going to last a long time.

Darling Wildflower Society reports that we are experiencing one of the best flower seasons in many years. They anticipate that the flowers should last until at least end September



Darling Renosterveld Reserve (Access at top of village behind the Darling Primary School or lower down gate in Langfontein street); also on the plot at the top of   Langfontein st just below the reserve

Darling Groenekloof Reserve (R315 alongside the SPCA premises) Park at the SPCA and enter through the small gate on the road;


Tienie Versfeld Reserve (R315 Darling – Yzerfontein);


Duckitt Nurseries Wildflower Reserve – farm road  through reserve (R307 Darling – Mamre – in front of Duckitt Nursery);


Waylands – farm road through reserve (R307 to Mamre)Visitors must please take care not to drive off the road in the Waylands and Duckitt Nurseries reserves as they may get stuck. No buses.


Darling hills roadsides very pretty (gravel road joining R315 to R27)


Burgherspost Wine Estate Reserve (R315 Darling – Malmesbury) does wildflower game drives if booked in advance with Conservation Manager, Jacques vd Merwe  

022 492 2830 /084 606 3470  e-mail:


TYPE OF FLOWERS:                     Roadsides R307 from Mamre/Atlantis: patches of pink oxalis, young arums, pink & blue lobostemum (pyjama bush);                                                                                 carpets of white Dimortphotheca pluvialus (rain daisies).


Darling Renosterveld Reserve: This reserve is particularly nice around the reservoirs and off the pathway towards the west.Hesperantha (bontrok aandblom) – opens in afternoons;blue Suteria uncinata (bos opslag), Harmannias (poproos); oxalis(suring); romulea, arum; lachenalia (viooltjie); salmon-                                                      coloured morea flaccida , Laperousia (koringblom), Sparaxis villosa (blou kappie), the red Romulea, rain daisies,Wachendorfia on its way,  Indigofera, a few Pelargoniums,Diascias (horinkie)which lives close to the floor, various Asteracea (daisies).

Spiloxene capansis with its white star-shape and peacock centre, also the smaller yellow Spiloxene, abundant kapokbossie – Eriocephalus. Vygies, and Bokbaai Vygies once  the sun has been out a couple of hours.

Specials to look out for: sparaxis villosa; various babiana – melanops, nana and ambigua .Ixia scillaris is starting to appear, also gladiolus alatus. Magenta honey-scented muraltia shrubs still brightening up the bush.

Langfontein Str plot: Still beautiful - awash with a carpet of gousblomme and lots of other flowers, vygies, daisies,lachenalia, etc 

Darling Groenekloof Reserve: Coming along nicely now with clusters of red romulea;Tiny lantern-like heads of the orange                                                 and yellow poproos       (Hermannia); Wachendorfia; Trachyandra (kool); salmon Oxalis purpurea (Suring); white pelargonium;bright red climber Microloma (bokmaellie); yellow senecio pubigerus (skraalbossie) the pink (endangered) Lampranthus ficaulis (vygie);cotula – from the all-yellow to the white ray                                                      floretted one;Tetragonia; the tiny purple and yellow Lapeirousia hiding amongst the grass,  yellow  Cotulas, pink Vygies, a few blue Morea tripetala, and lots of Lachenalia,  magenta Muraltia.

Duckitt Nurseries Wildflower Reserve: The Heliophila (blue flax) is out in profusion; lots of arums; First Babiana pygmaea (geel Bobbejaantjie) look out for the Gladiolus carinatus (sand pypie) in the restios as well as little yellow Nemesia affinis. In the little dam at the gate are Onixotis punctata (Dipidax) flowering - they are quite special as we do not always have the chance to see them in flower.

Waylands reserve: now looking absolutely spectacular! A fabulous mx of the early flowering plants as well as the later species. Plenty of early flax with the tall Late flax starting to take over. Drosera (snotrosies) a few of the winter flowering blue pypies(Gladiolus spp) Chinese lanterns starting; very pretty white stars are out in full force, also some very rare orange stars (Spiloxene canaliculata), early flowering yellow species (Yellow Nemesia, yellow Geissorrhiza). There are already plenty of the pretty blue Geissorrheiza's (Blou Sysie) to be seen. Lots of the really beautiful red-centered Babiana to be seen, and, of course, our really special flower, the Kelkiewyn, has just started flowering. There are actually a few out already!!!! Our veld is really very pretty this year. The hot dry summer, the plentiful winter rain and the cold are bringing a magical touch to the veld which we haven't seen in many years.

Tienie Versfeld

This reserve is drying and the flora coming along nicely: Orange arctotis (gousblom) coming along nicely; gazania; Dimorphotheca (rain daisies); arum lilies; early blue flax (heliophila). Babiana

Burgherspost Wine Estate Reserve 

Geelkruid (Gymnodiscus capilaris); Bobbejaantjies (Babiana spp.); Skilpadbessie (Muraltia spinosa); Proteas (P. repens; P. burchellii) Botterlelie (yellow Gladiolus trichonemifolius) Dimorphotheca (rain daisies) in abundance; blou froetang  (Romulea tabularis) as well as some red Romulea. Heliophila (blue flax), arums and Pyjama bush (lobostemum) along the roadsides The cherry on the top was the sighting of eland, zebra, springbok and other wildlife during the course of our wanderings in the bush.

Flamingoes can be seen on the water to the right just past Darling Cellars, lots of coots and other bird life there.

Darling Hills Road is really a picture with large expanses of white, yellow and orange daisies out in profusion. 


HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.


FLOWER SHOWS:           Over until next year


2013 dates:

Darling Wildflower Show

Fri 20 until Sunday 22 September 2013

Enquiries 022 492 3361



Duckitt Nurseries Orchid Show

Fri 19 – Sunday 22 September 2013

022 492 2606




LOCATION OF FLOWERS:   Bokbaavygie trail and the Schaap Island trail are stil

The best places to view some of our beautiful flowers.

But this year as been the best year for flowers at the     Bokbaai vygie trail. The bokbaaivygie trail is free to enter, visitors have parking available but must just make sure to close the gate when entering as there are Ostrishes that roam in a nearby camp. Dassen Island Drive has beautiful streams of yellow and pink Cinerarias on the side of the road. The best time to view Yzerfontein’s wildflowers is between 12:00 and 14:00 as the sun is at its highest point. Wildflowers turn towards the sun.  If you would like to see even more flowers then the West Coast National Park is a great option after you have popped in at Yzerfontein.


TYPE OF FLOWERS:                     Cinerarias-Pink and Yellow, Bokbaaivygies, Senecio, Babiana nana, Gazania Pectinata(Kaapse Rooi Gousblom), Arctotis Stoechadifolia(Kus Gousblom)


HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.



Photos sent in by Christa van Ellewee, of Yzerfontein.






LOCATION OF FLOWERS:        In town on vacant plots                                                                                                    On road to Langebaanweg (R45)

From Hopefield to Velddrif on the

roadside(R234 –R27)

Plaasmol (R45) 5km outside Hopefield

Gravel road between Langebaanweg and Cloeteskraal

Next to the road at the entrance of the farm Sandvlei

Road between R45 and Moorreesburg (R311)

On the farm Bontheuwel next to R45

Drive slowly along road.


TYPE OF FLOWERS:                     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:            Fields -On R234 between Hopefield & Veldrift 

FieldsWhite & Orange Daisies in town 

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.




Links: Hopefield





LOCATION OF FLOWERS: Jacobsbaai Village & Walk along Roads /2.5KM SOUTH OF TOWN




Chrysanthemoides monilifera


Othonna cylindrica


Senecio sarcoides


Salvia africana-lutia


Muraltia spinescens


Zygophyllum morgsana


Euphorbia mauritanica


Euryops multifidus


Zygophyllum cordifolium


Oxalis pes- caprae

gousblom                      Arctotis hirsuta 

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

Lampranthus vernalis

persdouvygie                  Drosanthenum floribundum persdouvygie

strandsewejaartjie           Helichrysum revolutum

astertjie                         Felicia tenella

stinkkruid                       Oncosiphon suffruticosum


HOW MANY FLOWERS:  Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few


PS: Flowers are very beautiful at the moment especially with pink. It will decrease within the next week.

Flowershop OPEN from 11H00 – 16H00




LOCATION OF FLOWERS   :Langebaan Gate to Seeberg Hide

Type of Flowers         :Orange gousblom, Yellow Suring, Skilpad Tebossie(Yellow),

Sukkelbossie(Whtie Flower),Bobbejaankool(Yellow Flower),

Spinnekopblom Stems, Hongerblom(Yellow & Pink).

HOW MANY FLOWERS:  Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few


LOCATION OF FLOWERS   : Langebaan Town / Langebaan Country Estate

Type of Flowers             : Reenblommetjies (White), Geelhongerblomme

: Gousblommetjies, Blue Flax/ Sporrie (Blue Flowe

HOW MANY FLOWERS:  Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few


LOCATION OF FLOWERS    :Road Langebaan Gate to Geelbek:

Type of Flowers          : Kaopkbossie(White Flower),Bobbejaankool (Yellow flower)

Strand Sallie(Brown Flower),Harpuisbos/Euryops(Yellow

Flower),Restio/Riet(Brown Flower),Blombos(White Flower),

Geelmelkbos(Yellow Rossete).

HOW MANY FLOWERS:  Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few



LOCATION OF FLOWERS  :Road to Geelbek and Kraalbaai

Type of Flowers              :Bietou(Yellow Flower),Blombos(White Flower),

Geelmelkbos(Yellow Rossete),Strand Salie(Brown Flower),

Rooi Naeltjie,Truitjie(Red Flower).

HOW MANY FLOWERS:  Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few



LOCATION OF FLOWERS  :Myburgh Park, Oliphantskop

Type of Flowers            :Suring/Sorrel(Yelllow&Pink),Reenblommetjies (White & Orange),

Eendekos(Yellow button flower),Blouflaks.

HOW MANY FLOWERS:  Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few



LOCATION OF FLOWERS  :Road between Langebaan & Saldanha

Type of Flowers             : Reenblommetjies (White)


HOW MANY FLOWERS:          Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few



LOCATION OF FLOWERS  : Kraalbaai to Tjaarbank

Type of Flowers                : All the above shrubs.Helder Kuip Vygie(Yellow Flower)

Vygiebos(Bright Purple),Ice Plant,Suring/Sorrel(Yellow &Pink)


HOW MANY FLOWERS:  Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few


LOCATION OF FLOWERS  :Postberg Gate Left to Plankiesbaai

Type of Flowers        :Suring/Sorrel(Yelllow&Pink),Reenblommetjies,

: Eendekos(Yellow button flower),Vygiebos(Bright Purple)

:  Pronk Tulp/Tulip(Pink),Petsnot(Yellow Flower).

:  Bobbejaantjies, Bont viooltjies, Bloukappie, Rotstert, Varklelie,                                     : Naeltjiesblom, Lobelia, Vygies, Bloubekkie, Vygie bosse,

: Pietsnot, Bietou, Rooi Salie, Spinnekopblom,  Elandsvy,

: Reenblommetjie, Slang Tamarak,  Bobbejaankool, Bloupypie,

: Lewertjies, Sterretjie, wit daisies, Froetang, Pers Hongerblom,

:  Bokbaai Vygie,Veldkool, Kapokbossie,


HOW MANY FLOWERS:          Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few



Entrance fees: R44 – South African Citizens / R88 – International Tourist per person


Free Entrance for SA Citizens: 10-14 September 2012 (bring your ID)




LOCATION OF FLOWERS: Along road through town:

TYPE OF FLOWERS         Vygies (lilac);

Poproos (yellow with orange/red tips,


Kus Malva (lilac);                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Reenblommetjies (white);

Geel Suring (yellow);

Geeloog Suring (salmon);

Gifbossie (yellow);

Stinkkruid / wurmbos (yellow);

Pensies (purple);

Gousblom (yellow);

Ganskos (yellow);

Lewertjies (dark salmon);


Tulpe (salmon);

Astertjies (purple with yellow disc);

Slakblom (white);

Vaalteebossie (yellow);

Capewort (lilac);

Bitterbos (yellow).

HOW MANY FLOWERS:  Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few


LOCATION OF FLOWERS: Britannica Heights


TYPE OF FLOWERS         :   Top:        Bos Poproos (yellow with orange/red tips);

Geel Suring (yellow);

Geeloog Suring (salmon);

Blaasertjie (purple);

Lebeckia (bright yellow);

Gifbossie (yellow);

Reenblomme (white);

Vygies (shades of pink and purple);

Tulpe (salmon);

Ganskos (yellow);

Patterson’s Curse (blue);

Klein Tamarak (green/white);

Astertjies (purple with yellow disc).


HOW MANY FLOWERS:  Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few


Slope: Reenblommetjies (white with dark-purplish


Kankerbos (red-orange);

Lebeckia (bright yellow);

Pienk Bos Vygie;

Geel Suring (yellow);

Wurmbos / Stinkkruid (yellow);

Astertjies (lilac with yellow disc);

Snotrosies (red);

Tamarak (yellow/green);

Vaalteebossie (yellow); Tulpe (salmon).

HOW MANY FLOWERS:  Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few


LOCATION OF FLOWERS: Around Da Gama monument


TYPE OF FLOWERS         :               Gousblom (orange);

Reenblommetjies (white);

Gifblommetjies (yellow);

Piet Snot (yellow);

Kus Malva (lilac);

Bontviooltjie (Lachenalia, purple);

Geeloog Suring (yellow);

Geel Suring (yellow);

Wurmbos / Stinkkruid (yellow).


HOW MANY FLOWERS:  Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few


LOCATION OF FLOWERS: Shelley Point area


TYPE OF FLOWERS:                        Geel Suring (yellow);

Gifbossie (yellow);

Gousblom (yellow, orange);

Reenblomme (white);

Piet Snot (yellow);

Kusmalva (lilac);

Slakblom (white);

Capnophyllum africanum (white).



HOW MANY FLOWERS:  Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few


LOCATION OF FLOWERS:            Brittania Bay – coastline & Cape St.Martin 

TYPE OF FLOWERS         :               Gifbossie (yellow);

Geel Suring (yellow);

Reenblomme (white);

Kusmalva (lilac);

Vygies (lilac);

Viooltjie (purple - Lachenalia);

Strandsalie (orangy-brown);

Klein Tamarak   (green/white)..


HOW MANY FLOWERS:  Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few


Succulent & Cactus Nursery 

72 Flamingo Road

St Helena Bay

Wilma Wilson 083 763 3942 




LOCATION OF FLOWERS: SAS SALDANHA NATURE RESERVE                Visits by prior arrangement: Contact : 082 320 0549



GOUSBLOM            -  Fields  - Between Malgaskop and Moresonkop 

SURING                 -  Patches  - Lots of them next to the dirts roads 

VYGIES                -  Patches – Behind farmhouse area also next to the road on the sea side to the lighthouse as well as in the lighthouse area.

SPINNEKOPBLOM    -  Few  -  On the Dunes at Kampklossie and also along the dirt road next to the dunes. Some must still flower.

PIEMPIEMPIE         -  Patches  On Baviaanskop and also in the rock area next to the                              farmhouse.  Also on the sea side of malgaskop on the                              dirt road about 500m after the entrance at the Northbay                             gate (close to the 2nd world war buildings. 

PIENK FROETANG       - Few - Next to the dirt road at Malgaskop entering from the                                                     Academy Gate.

SALDANHA PYPIE       - Few   Next to road from Farmhouse to Kampklossie as well as                                                next to the dirt road behind dunes to the shooting range.

WILDE MALVA        - Patches – Next to the road on the way to Skulpgate

KALKOENTJIES  - Few - Aong the dirt road next to the dunes as you wlk towards                                             Tabakbaai.


LOCATION OF FLOWERS  :Road between Saldanha & Langebaan

Type of Flowers        : Reenblommetjies (White & Orange)


HOW MANY FLOWERS:  Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few




LOCATION OF FLOWERS: Cape Columbine Nature Reserve 


TYPE OF FLOWERS:         Various  types of Mesembryanthemaceae & Asteraceae,

Ballota africana – Kattekruid,

Carpobrutus acinaciformis – Elandsvy, Chasmanthe floribunda – Piempiempie

Chrysanthemoides monilifera – Bietou, Crassula natans – Watergras

Cynanchum africanum – Bobbejaantou,

Cyphia crenata – klein Bokkies,Cysticapnos vesicarius – Klappertjie,

Dikblaar,Dimorphotheca pluvialis – Reenblommetjie,Dorotheanthus bellidiformis – Bokbaai Vygie

Euphorbia burmannii – klein Steenbokbos,Ferraria crispa – Spinnekopblom

Grielum humifusum – Pietsnot,Hemimeris sabulosa – sand Geelgesiggie

Lampranthus vredenburgensis – Vredenburg kruip Vygie

Limeum africanum – Koggelmandervoet,Limoniumn peregrinum – Strandroos,

Lyperia triste – Traanblommetjie,Microloma Sagittatum – Bokmaellie

Namaqua Kool, Nemesia versicolor – bont Leeubekkie / Weeskindertjies,

Oxalis pes-caprea – Suring / Sorrel, Pelargonium fuldigum – rooi Malva,

Pharnaceum incanum – regop Sneeuwvygie, Salvia africana-lutea – strand Salie,

Various Tamarak,Thesium spinosum – steek Groenbasbossie

Zaluzianskay pariflora – mini Drumsticks, Zygophyllum cordifolium – Sjielingbos,

Zygophyllum morgsana – Slaaibos, Zygophyllum spinosum – Spekbos,


HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.


LOCATION OF FLOWERS: On R399 between Vredenburg and Paternoster.


TYPE OF FLOWERS:                     Carpobrotus quadrifidus (Elandsvy)

Carpobrotus edulis (Suurvy)

Arctotheca calendula (Seepampoen)

Arctotis hirsuta (Gousblom)

Dimorphoteca pluvialis (Reenblommetjie)


HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.


LOCATION OF FLOWERS: On smallholding Pelgrimsrust just before Paternoster.


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:            Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.


LOCATION OF FLOWERS: On R399 between Vredenburg and Paternoster.


TYPE OF FLOWERS:                     Carpobrotus quadrifidus (Elandsvy)

Carpobrotus edulis (Suurvy)

Arctotheca calendula (Seepampoen)

Arctotis hirsuta (Gousblom)

Dimorphoteca pluvialis (Reenblommetjie)


HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.



LOCATION OF FLOWERS         :R45 and the exits to Paternoster, Saldanha and Velddrif

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                 :Gousblomme(Orange&Yellow), White Rain Daisy, A few Arum Lilies, Suringe


HOW MANY FLOWERS:      Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few


LOCATION OF FLOWERS  :Road between Vredenburg & Saldanha

Type of Flowers        : Reenblommetjies (White & Orange)


HOW MANY FLOWERS:      Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few






LOCATION OF FLOWERS:        Velddrif

Patches & fields  throughout town.  Voortrekker road towards Piketberg – open plots with flowers – white and orange daisies and yello w surings.  Pienk vyebosse  in Church Avenue, yellow surings and hongerbosse and white rain daises. Voortrekker Road  in Velddrif and Laaiplek –yellow surings and pienk vyebosse (between Douglas Widd street and Hoofstreet  on your left).  Some orange daisies also.

Bergrivier Golfklub – fields of white daisies

On the road to Dwarskersbos – yellow surings and hongerblomme

Malgas street, Velddrif  - white rain daises, pink vyebosse and yellow hongerblomme and surings


Drives from Velddrif – R234 from Velddrif to Hopefield – yellow and white daisies, and from the silos also shrubs like pink duinebessie/skilpadbessie, orange daisies etc – spectacular!


Aurora to Velddrif (tarred R399) starting with purple kantblomme, white, yellow, orange, purple and blue flowers



Town covered in orange & white daisies.



Both sides of Olof Bergh street – fields of white and yellow daisies.  In town also yellow and pink surings and bokbaaivygies.  Yellow and orange daisies


TYPE OF FLOWERS:                 white daises, yellow surings, yellow hongerblomme and orange daisies, pienk vyebosse, yellow daisies/ skilpadbessie/duinebessie/wilde kamille/purple sporrie/ bokbaaivygies


Aurora to Velddrif (R399)

Blue flaks /sporrie, purple bokbaai vygies, purple and blue , white and yellow hongerblomme, yellow langbeen suring, white jonkmansknoop, white aaronskelke, , bont viooltjies, purple galdioli/pypie, purple ertjie (ot indigenous), light purple vyebosse, yellow bokbaaivygies, yellow petsnot/duilkers, white kamille and light pruple kantblom


HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.







LOCATION OF FLOWERSN7 between Citrusdal and Clanwilliam (plenty/patches), Old Klawer road from Klawer to Clanwilliam (gravel, patches), patches in and around the town. Boskloof road (gravel, patches) and Ou Kaapse Weg (gravel road along the Olifants Rvier towards Citrusdal plenty/patches). Biedouw Valley (patches/few), Nardouwsberg (circular drive of 88 km on gravel, plenty/fields)


TYPE OF FLOWERS: Gousblom, pietsnot, oranje harpuis, bokbaaivygie, Elandsvy, wit harpuis, tulp,  sandvygie, vygiebos, ridderspoor, hongerblom, sambreeltjies, rapuisbos, jakkalsbos, harpuisbos of Clanwilliam madeliefie, Vaalperdebos, Perdebos, sporrie, kalkoentjies, ridderspoor, skilpadbessie, geelknopbos, bottergousblom, Bittergousblom, viooltjie


HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.





Between Citrusdal and Clanwilliam on the N7

On the R303, on your way to Op die berg

Between Boontjiesrivier and Boschkloof

On the old Clanwilliam road towards Algeria

On both sides of the  Bo-rivier road

On The Baths road

On Marcuskraal road

Drive slowly along the roads and remember to keep the sun at your back.


TYPE OF FLOWERS:     Orange daisy, yellow flowers, Cape rain daisy, reenblom, blou sporieblom, Clanwilliam harpuis, pienk vyggies,skilpadbessie, perde bos, viooltjie, berg magrietjies,

Cederberg daisy, bokbaaivygie, gousblom, bokhorinkies, white daisy, blombos, purple kalkoentjie, swart kopie, white katstert, botter blom, fluweel blom, suikerkan, bergsuurkannol, spelde kusing, Moraea gawleri tulp, didelta spinosa, bokhorinkies, raaptol, gousblom, Lampranthus cederbergensis


HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields / Plenty / Patches/ Few

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.






LOCATION OF FLOWERS:                  On the N7 towards Nuwerus and Bitterfontein

From Bitterfontein to Molvlei/Rietpoort

Gravel road from Landplaas towards Bitterfontein.

On farm Landplaas and surroundings.

Perdekop farm on Pofadder road.


TYPE OF FLOWERS:                     Namaqua Daisies / Perdeblomme / Beetle Daisies / Vygies


HOW MANY FLOWERS:  Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few




LOCATION OF FLOWERS:                  On the N7 North of Vanrhynsdorp.

On road towards Gifberg.

Along the streets in town.

Ouberg surroundings


TYPE OF FLOWERS:                                 Karoo Daisy / Poublommetjies (Osteospermun)

Beetle Daisy (Gorteria).Wilde malva(Pelargomium


HOW MANY FLOWERS:  Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few



Name: Succulent Show

Date & Time: August and September 2012 Every Day 08:00 – 17:00


Admission: R10.00 PP

Contact detail: 0272191062 (Brink/Amanda)





LOCATION OF FLOWERS:                  From Klawer along the R362 & R363 towards


Along the R362 from Lutzville towards Doringbaai.


TYPE OF FLOWERS:                                 Karoo Daisy / Poublommetjies (Osteospermun)

Beetle Daisy (Gorteria),Gazania’s, yellow perdebos.


HOW MANY FLOWERS:  Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few



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Hi all


Herewith short report:


Rainfall, Skilpad section, Namaqua National Park:


April 2012: 13.71mm

May 2012: 14.74mm

June 2012: 86.62mm

July 2012: 35.30mm

August 2012: 68.81mm

September 2012: 2.53mm (to date)


We have had quite warm days, with more predicted. Although this allows the flowers to display at their best it also shortens the lifespan of the flowers.


The Skilpad area still has nice flowers, and in particular the Skilpad farm next to the park.


The Gazanias are now particularly obvious and bright. Senecios, Sambreeltjies (Felicia sp.) T’neitjie (Pelargonium incrassium); Sporries (Heliophila sp and vygies are more dominant. Varkiesknolle are making bright yellow patches all over.


The coastal section from the Spoeg river to the Groen river is excellent for a variety of colors. You will need a 4x4 vehicle for this section.


The road to Skilpad, with the 4 km just before the park, is still one of the best drives around.


Kind regards





PO BOX 117



TEL: +27 (0)27 672 1948

FAX: +27 (0)27 672 1015

CELL: +27 (0)83 640 4915





Photos taken by Bernard van Lente, inside the Namaqua NP.








Dear All


We are proud to announce that the Namakwa region is in bloom.   The spring flowers is out in various colours like the orange daisies,  yellow piet snot and white daisies.   Our rainfall figures had also improved over the past weeks and we have defnatly more flowers to show tourists coming from all over South-Africa and even from abroad.


Flower routes can be explored in towns like Springbok,  Nababeep,  Okiep,  Concordia,  Kamieskroon,  Kharkams,  Garies, on the road between Kleinzee and Port Nolloth,  Niewoudtville.


Our office will be open on 15 September 2012 from 09:00 to 13:00 for tourists.


There will be also Maloof Money Cup Activations at the Springbok showgrounds  and tourists are more than welcome to come and experience the skateboard function.

Our Namakwa National Park near Kamieskroon and the Goegap Nature Reserve near Springbok are also in bloom.


We wishes  you all a lovely sunny weekend.




Pearl Heyn


Tips for viewing flowers.

As the flowers also face the sun, a good general principle is to travel north relatively quickly and then do most of your flower viewing in a southerly direction so that the flowers are always facing you.


  • The flowers are at their best between 11:00am and 16:pm in the afternoon so there is no need to rush out straight after breakfast, (unless you have some traveling to do before you get to the flower region).


  • The flowers will not come out in heavily overcast or rainy weather so you should plan to visit other sights on such days. Keep this fact in mind planning your trip.


  • The displays are noticeably better if you travel with the sun behind you so that the flowers are facing you. So when planning your daily route, try to travel in a westerly direction in the morning, southerly during the day and turn east in the afternoon.


  • Get out of your car and walk amongst the flowers – you will appreciate them so much more.


  • The petal-like structures of daisy and vygie flowers only begin to open out once they have reached a threshold temperature, which is usually 20 °C on the coast and 17 °C on the cooler uplands.


The flowers season peaks between early August and late September and its delights depend on the winter rains. Some years are better than others. If there has been a steady flow of cold fronts during the winter, then it is likely to be a good flower season. However spring temperatures are also important. If it heats up too quickly then the early visitors have glorious sunshine but the flowers do not last very long.


The Catch 22 is that lots of rain means good flower displays. But if it continues to rain during the spring, then it’s not so much fun to view the flowers!


As a general rule the wild flowers begin first in the north in Namaqualand in late July/early August and then advance southwards through Niewoudtville and the Cederberg towards the West Coast as September begins. Thus if you are planning a trip for early to mid September, you will be too late for Namaqualand but fine for the West Coast around Darling and Langebaan. Similarly if you are coming in mid August then the best displays will be further north – generally speaking…