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Re: Namaqua in August

Unread post by WeskusKlong » Thu Jul 15, 2010 9:56 am

Hi jeroenvm,

I live on the West Coast, want to share the following:

In 2007, the flowers peaked in the last week of August - it was a bumper season with fantastic flowers.

In 2008, we had much less flowers. We left for the Richtersveld on the 2nd of August, saw a lot of flowers right through Namaqualand. All these photos were taken on the 2 August 2008:

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Returning 2 weeks later we hoped to see much more but fact is there was little left. By the end of August it was all over.

Last year, ie 2009, the flowers peaked early again - mid August. Again by the end of August we had little flowers left.

Last weekend I saw the first flowers blooming. Very little still but they are starting. As Bush Baptist said, it all depends on the rain/sun cycles. We need a good balance of both to have good flowers. Up to now we had good winter rains and as I am typing this we have sunshine - which is good. I would say there is a lot of luck involved when you do a booking to come and see the flowers. I have seen many tour buses driving around with disappointed tourists when they are either to early or to late, but mostly I must say, to late.
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Advice? Namaqualand spring flowers 2014

Unread post by JenB » Fri Dec 27, 2013 6:25 am

I'd like to book to see the spring flowers so any advise would be appreciated!

We've never been to that part of the country :redface: BUT it's on the 2014 bucket list! :dance: :dance:

Obvious destination: Namaqua National Park! :D

When is the best time to book keeping in mind that we can only do 10 days.
(Which usually extends by one night, then another.. :lol: )

Which campsite is the best? The campsites are indicated on the map but no names and I'll book online.....
I see that one has to be self-sufficient which is not a problem, we love camping that way. :D
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Re: Advice? Namaqualand spring flowers 2014

Unread post by Hugh » Fri Dec 27, 2013 7:10 am

Jen how exciting.. Now do try to book nice and early though the camp sites are easier to get into BUT the flowers are not only Namagualand do travel south and pop into Elandsbaai area and travel along the coastal road near the railway line .. amazing sight . Dont forget the WCNP and Postberg .. Camping is at Yserfontein as the WCNP has no camp sites though do spoil yourselves and have two nights at Abrahamskraal Nice and rustic near a super bird hide( fresh water) Plenty space to park the caravan /trailer/whatever So you get birdies in and flowers .They of course have other bird hides along the lagoon
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Re: Advice? Namaqualand spring flowers 2014

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Fri Dec 27, 2013 11:35 am

Hi Jen,

The 'average' best time to go is last week in August and first week in September, but this varies according to the rainfall. In 2013 the rains came early and so did the flowers.

WCNP and Nieuwoudville are also usually good places (among others) to see the flowers.
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Re: Advice? Namaqualand spring flowers 2014

Unread post by JenB » Fri Dec 27, 2013 8:48 pm

Thanx BB and Hugh!

I did a bit of homework and it seems like a trip all the way down to Nieuwoudville and WCNP is a must. Now to see how long we can stretch it! :twisted:
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Re: Advice? Namaqualand spring flowers 2014

Unread post by Hugh » Fri Dec 27, 2013 10:36 pm

You cant travel all the way and then only do half >> Might as well fit in Tankwa too
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Re: Advice? Namaqualand spring flowers 2014

Unread post by JenB » Fri Dec 27, 2013 11:25 pm

You are not helping you know! :lol:
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Flowers - 2014 season, where and when

Unread post by Berkhead » Sun Jul 20, 2014 6:24 pm

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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Re: Flowers

Unread post by Hugh » Sun Jul 20, 2014 8:20 pm

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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Re: Flowers

Unread post by Crested Val » Sun Jul 20, 2014 8:38 pm

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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Re: Flowers

Unread post by arks » Mon Jul 21, 2014 1:33 am

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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Re: Flowers

Unread post by josefpret » Wed Jul 23, 2014 11:16 am

Is daar enige reenval data beskikbaar vir die Namaquastreek?
Sal my help om my reis te beplan

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

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Re: Flowers

Unread post by JeanniR » Wed Jul 23, 2014 12:01 pm

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

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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.

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Re: Flowers

Unread post by josefpret » Wed Jul 23, 2014 4:01 pm

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

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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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Re: Flowers

Unread post by 4O4-5O4 » Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:53 pm

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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