16Aug/12

Flowers for the Soul

A field of flowers in full bloom, is a site that dreams are made of. There are few places on earth as beautiful as Namaqualand in full bloom.  At Sure Maritime Travel we believe everyone should experience this magnificent act of nature at least once in their lives. But obviously this is not always possible so we have posted a few pictures of this event for those who can’t make it, and for those who can this will wet your appetite for the beauty in store. We have also added this wonderful article courtesy of sa-venues.com which provides a great source of information on this wonderful event.

What sa-venues.com has to say.

The magic of a blanket of beau­ti­ful blooms comes alive in Namaqualand between July and September of every year. In fact, this part of the Northern Cape is actu­ally fairly quiet for the rest of the year. However, come winter, vis­it­ors from all over the world flock to see the mag­ni­fi­cence of the blooms as they emerge from their sum­mer sleep­i­ness and grace the extens­ive coun­tryside with their vibrant col­ours and breath-taking aroma. There are more than 4 000 dif­fer­ent plant spe­cies, but it is up to the weather to decide which will flour­ish in any given year. This means that even reg­u­lar vis­it­ors that fre­quent the area year after year will still enjoy end­less vari­ety every time they visit.

A tour of the Skilpad sec­tion of the Namaqua National Park is the best way to get the most out of view­ing the flowers for which this part of South Africa is fam­ous. Various tours are on offer, depend­ing on the needs, wants and avail­ab­il­ity of the vis­it­ors. Whether you want to take some time to take a private walk through the flowers, a scenic drive in your own vehicle, indulge in a pic­nic at the view­points or enjoy a leis­urely lunch at the res­taur­ant, Namaqualand offers vis­it­ors plenty to do and see.

Various bus tours give tour­ists the oppor­tun­ity to sit back and take in the spec­tac­u­lar dis­plays, cour­tesy of the flood of flowers, from the com­fort of a bus. Air-conditioning and the nar­rat­ive from the exper­i­enced guide add a touch of lux­ury to the tour, mak­ing it extra memorable.

The Namaqua National Park boasts over 220 kilo­metres of road to explore by 4 x 4 for off-roaders that want to enjoy more hands-on inter­ac­tions with the blooms and coun­tryside. Self-guided or guided game drives yield so many stun­ning sight­ings of plants and anim­als that have made this area their nat­ural hab­itat. Common spe­cies include dif­fer­ent ante­lope, the Cape Hare, Bat-eared Fox and the Nama Speckled Padloper (acclaimed as the world’s smal­lest tortoise).

Leliefontein is a nearby his­toric vil­lage and home to the Leliefontein Methodist Church, which is a National Monument. This is one of the old­est vil­lages in South Africa, known for hav­ing been under carnage in the Anglo Boer War. The ori­ginal mis­sion sta­tion is still stand­ing and serves a com­munity of live­stock farmers.

Some of the best eat­er­ies in the area are:

  • Kliphuis Kombuis
  • The Old Trading Store
  • Kookskerm
  • Pannekoek Paleis

For More Information Contact your friendly Sure Maritime Travel Agent today.

Happy Travelling.

The Sure Maritime Travel Team



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