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 Post subject: Flowers - 2014 season, where and when
Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 6:24 pm 
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Hi,

I am staying at Augrabies for several days at the end of August. Where is the closest place that I may be able to view the flowers from here?

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 Post subject: Re: Flowers
Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 8:20 pm 
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We saw a few flowers on the road to Springbok ..But the best would be to get to Springbok and most flowers are South of that

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 Post subject: Re: Flowers
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Well an obvious place for Spring Flowers is West Coast Nat Park, but maybe you are not coming that far south!!!

We travelled from there to KTP in August 2011, travelling via Clanwilliam, Niewoudville, Calvinia, Upington.
We saw amazing flowers around Clanwilliam and Niewoudville, but again maybe you are not coming that far south.

I'm sure other members will have better ideas of places nearer to Augrabies!!

Hope you get to see them, as they are stunning!!! :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Flowers
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Actually the "obvious" SANParks place to see flowers nearest to Augrabies is Namaqua NP. I know that there are a few recent trip reports and DB can probably give you some pointers from her visit(s)? I've never been there, so am no help :whistle:

If you're traveling farther south along the West Coast, while I adore WCNP, I'm honestly not a big fan of Postberg and think that there are better places in the area to see amazing flowers without the crowds that flock to Postberg and race along to roadways thru the park IMO spoiling the experience of the rest of the park for those of us who love and appreciate the whole of WCNP.

A couple of places that I would recommend in the area for up close and personal views of flowers without the crowds are Darling Hills Road and the Waylands Wildflower Reserve. These are both close to WCNP, so you can easily experience all (and more!) and decide for yourself. :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Flowers
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Is daar enige reenval data beskikbaar vir die Namaquastreek?
Sal my help om my reis te beplan

Joos Pretorius

Tr: is there any rainfall data available for Namaqua area. It will help me to plan my trip


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 Post subject: Re: Flowers
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Is daar enige reenval data beskikbaar vir die Namaquastreek?
Sal my help om my reis te beplan

Joos Pretorius


Welcome to the forum Joos 8)

I don't know if this will help, but if you click on the link below you will get the average rainfall for the area.

Namaqua weather

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 Post subject: Re: Flowers
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JeanniR wrote:
josefpret wrote:
Is daar enige reenval data beskikbaar vir die Namaquastreek?
Sal my help om my reis te beplan

Joos Pretorius


Welcome to the forum Joos 8)

I don't know if this will help, but if you click on the link below you will get the average rainfall for the area.

Namaqua weather


Thanks, but would like to have the stats for this season so far


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 Post subject: Re: Flowers
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:53 pm 
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Usually about this time folk start discussing what sort of spring flower season we're likely to have. Has there been enough rain? Did it come at the right time? Will it be worthwhile going up the West Coast and even to Namaqualand?

Can't answer for Namaqualand but Langebaan and Saldanha Bay flower forecasters think that the usual brilliant early displays of orange and white daisies are unlikely this year. The good March rains which stimulated the germination of many tiny flowers, was followed by the hot dry April which caused them to shrivel up.
However the rains which followed in May, June and July have benefitted thr succulents, the bushes of purple cinerarias and late flowering bulbs so the veld will be still pretty, if not as pretty as usual. Best way to prove the forecasters wrong is to plan a trip and go see the spring flowers anyway.


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 Post subject: Re: Flowers
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Hi josefpret,

Here is a Link to the rainfall in Namaqualand for 2013, as well as some info on when the flowers bloom in Namaqualand.

Here and Here are two trip reports of 'mites who visited Namaqualand during August to give you an idea of what you will find :thumbs_up: .

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 Post subject: Re: Flowers
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Thanks to Gabby for forwarding this info from the Park Manager, dated today, 25 July 2014:

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Rainfall, Skilpad section, Namaqua National Park:

March 2014: 14.98mm
April 2014: 7.61mm
May 2014: 16.26mm
June 2014: 86.86mm
July 2014: 46mm (to date)

The rains at Skilpad was a bit later than previous years, with the first good rains at the beginning of June. Since then we have had excellent, regular rainfall. We expect the flowers to be slightly later than normal, although there are already quite a bit of flowers around. Hopefully the season will last a bit longer with the later rains. It is currently raining at Skilpad and from early next week things will really start to look up. At Skilpad the orange daisies (Ursinia sp.) and Surings (Oxalis sp) are already starting to make a good showing. The Oxalis flowers are generally only good at the beginning of the season.

The road to Skilpad from Kamieskroon is drivable but has had rain damage and we are awaiting the roads department to grade it for us.

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BERNARD VAN LENTE
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 Post subject: Re: Flowers - 2014 season, where and when
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Baie baie dankie and thanks a lot!!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Flowers - 2014 season, where and when
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Thanks so much for the great information. It is greatly appreciated!

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 Post subject: Re: Flowers - 2014 season, where and when
Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 11:50 am 
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Latest update just published can be found here:- link

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Date: 15th August 2014

Namaqua National Park Flower Report as on 12 August 2014. South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to update guests about the flowers in Namaqua National Park this season.

The flowers are spectacular over large areas of the park. Skilpad is covered in Namaqua daisy carpets. Pietsnot is also now very prominent, with Varkiesknol (Conicosia) starting to bloom as well. The Cattails are at their best right now.

The areas between Skilpad and Soebatsfontein and towards Wildeperdehoek pass has large purple ‘vygie’ carpets, as well as very good white daisy patches.

The coastal flowers are very good with the usual variety of vygies and daisies. Please note that the coast is only accessible for 4x4 vehicles.

There are now basically good flowers all over Namaqua. The best is to ask around when you are in the area to find out where the best spots are. Please note that I can only speak with authority on the park itself and close surrounds with regard to where the flowers are.

Skilpad is accessible with a normal sedan vehicle but a high ground clearance vehicle is needed for the remainder of the park.

The road to Skilpad from Kamieskroon has been graded- thank you to the roads department.

Rainfall, Skilpad section, Namaqua National Park:

March 2014: 14.98mm
April 2014: 7.61mm
May 2014: 16.26mm
June 2014: 86.86mm
July 2014: 52.82mm
August: 10.66mm (to date)

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 Post subject: Re: Flowers - 2014 season, where and when
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