Eco Afrika Tours
Floral Fantasy Tour
West Coast 5 DAY 4 Night Tour
From Cape Town up via N27 to Nieuwoudtsville
most spectacular display of wild flowers that nature
has to offer. Bathe yourself in a sea of wild flowers'.
This is for scenery, nature, sea and flower lovers. Nature's treat.
When in bloom nature awakens to a festival of color which is unique to this world.
(5 days) Dinner / Bed / Breakfast Basis (DBB)
Departure place: Cape Town / Blouberg circle parking 7am)
PLEASE BRING A FOLDING CHAIR AND LITTLE CAR MAT
The West Coast of South Africa is famous for its natural wild flowers during late winter / spring. Tourists travel from all over to witness these totally unique phenomena. The vista is spectacular as one stands in the middle of a carpet of blazing color - Unseen in the rest of the world.
The Wild flower tours come in one 5 day package. We keep in constant contact with the various regions to ensure that you see the very best display at the time of the tour. Our tour guides are all RSA registered. We will stop en route and visit as many flowers as is possible. You will travel in luxury air-conditioned Microbuses.
5 Day Tour:
RATES: Valid till 31 Sept 2019
NEXT TOUR 15 Aug 2019
PLEASE KEEP THIS DATE FLEXIBLE DUE TO WEATHER CHANGES ON THE WEST COAST
This is an excellent 5 day tour that departs from Cape Town
(5 days, 4 nights) Dinner / Bed / Breakfast Basis
Departure place: Blouberg Beach parking 7am in Blouberg Beach Cape Town, GPS .
Departure time: 07h00
Depart Blouberg Beach Parking 7 am via R27 to Langebaan and the Posberg Nature and Flower Reserve overlooking the beautiful Romantic Atlantic.
Lunch in Langebaan.
Langebaan with its West Coast National Park situated around Langebaan lagoon and the famous Postberg Reserve.
The well known Postberg 1838, section of the West Coast National Park, not just for its Amazing floral wealth but also for its wide variety of bird life, tortoise and antelope. We will be taking a short walk to the bird hide and at the several lookout points.
From the tranquil Langebaan Lagoon, we travel past Club Mykonos past Saldanha in the distance with its deep sea Iron Ore Wharf and Saldanha Steel Corporation, to the quaint little west coast gem, Paternoster.
Paternoster is a typical West Coast seaside village with small whitewashed fisherman’s cottages and it is known for its crayfish. The Latin name means ‘Our Father’, and it is generally assumed that the village was named after the prayers said by shipwrecked Catholic sailors. The earlier name, St Martin’s Paternoster, was used on maps until 1693.
Then on to the famous picturesque sea side town nestled on the banks of the Berg River, Veldrift.
The little village of Velddrif is situated about two kilometres inland from the mouth of the Berg River. First discovered by the Portuguese seafarer Vasco da Gama in 1497 when he entered St Helena Bay looking for water the area has been part of maritime history ever since.
In 1693 a Dutch ship Die Gouden Buys ran aground about eight miles south of the river mouth after most of her crew of 200 men had died of scurvy and related diseases while on the voyage from Holland to the Cape. Seven starving men managed to come ashore and made their way north to the Berg River where they drank salt water from the river not knowing that the river was tidal and at low tide the water would be fresh. Of these seven men only two survived after being rescued by the Hottentot clans that lived along the river banks. After being notified that a ship had run aground on the coast the Dutch authorities at the Cape sent ships to the area to rescue the seamen and salvage the cargo on board.
Over the next few years people from the Cape started visiting the area and found that St Helena bay was a fisherman's paradise. Word got out and one of the first Europeans to arrive and settle at Laaiplek at the mouth of the Berg river was Carl Stephan. He was a fish merchant and soon he and his brothers had a flourishing shipping, fishing and farming enterprise going.
We check in at Russel on the Port in Port Own. We meet Russel himself an amazing man with more compassion for life than most men I have ever known. We visit his little church that he bought and restored. / Russel will entertain us at dinner with his very special gift...his amazing voice
Port Owen is a marina development of 100 ha with 3 1/2 km of private waterways meandering through it. It has over 700 freehold plots as well as sectional title flats and some timeshare units. The developers were put under curatorship and eventually wound up but Port Owen has long been in the hands of individual owners. It has shown outstanding growth in property values and is the country's first and still best deep-sea residential marina, and having St. Helena Bay as its home water's offers yachtsmen, powerboaters and fishermen conditions second to none.
: Russel on the Port Hotel DBB / Veldrift
Supper : Included
Today after a delightful breakfast we do a short tour of Veldridt, visit the famous restored Oude Kerk, Laaiplek and Port Owen.
Then we depart via Piketberg, Citrusdal to Clanwilliam. Home of Rooibos Tea South Africa.
We visit and walk the famous Ramskop flower garden.
We spend time in the local NG Church that has the same exhibit of all the west coast flowers as the Chelsea Flower show but in a smaller scale but just as breathtaking.
Then we leave via Knersvlaktes
for Van Rhynsdorp, then up into Namaqualand to Niewoudtsville, the bulb and flower capital of the world.
With diverse landscape, dramatic granite outcrops, and spectacular flowers. Niewoudtsville, high on the plateau of the Bokkeveld Mountains. Niewoudtsville also boasts with its Neo Gothic Church.
Overnight – Nieuwoudtville Guest House DBB
Supper – Included.
Today after breakfast you will witness a spectacle of life changing proportions
We head straight out to the famous Matjies Fontein Padstal wild flower reserve. Here we hope to see the most spectacular spreads of flowers imaginable.
Lunch is in between the flowers. /THIS IS WHERE YOUR FOLDING CHAIR AND CAR MAT COMES IN
Evening we return to Niewoudtsville.
Overnight: Van Zyls Guest houses or similar DBB
Depart after breakfast we head North on Loeriesfontein Road to the Quiver Tree forest a valley forgotten in time.
This route offers the most amazing Beetle Daisy display I have ever seen.
We do a part of the circle route to see the best displays. Picnic in among the flowers for lunch, then of to the Waterfall
Depart down the Van Ryns Pass to the famous Knersvlakte dwarfed by the enchanting Gifberg.
We visit the Succulent Show in Town and set sail down the N7 to Clanwilliam to see the marvelous Clanwilliam Flower Festival.
Overnight Nieuwoudtsville DBB
After breakfast we leave for Van Rynsdorp for tea at the best and largest succulent display at the Succulant Farm
Here you can also buy take home plants.
We continue via Piketnerg, Darling, we visit the famous Evita's Peron for some Lunch, wine tasting coffee and Roosterkoek
After lunch we drive back to Cape Town
Itinerary is subject to change
This tour is guaranteed to leave you with unforgettable moments and memories.
12 - 48 passengers with Luxury Minibus or Coach
Air-conditioned; PA; reclining seats with head rests
Excellent Afrikaans/English Guide. (Theta Registered)
Included: All entrance fees; all transport; Accommodation bed, breakfast and suppers
PLEASE\ bring your fold up camp chair for afternoon picnics amongst the flowers/ small car mat or similar for your knees when we get down and smell and adore little beauties on the ground
Excluded: Alcoholic beverages; Lunch; items of personal nature
Single supplement: (Add to above price of per person sharing). R2450
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