About the floral beauty of South Africa
DJ Opperman, a famed Afrikaans poet, wrote this little poem about the floral beauty of South Africa, with special reference to the wild flowers of Namaqualand. It is freely translated into English.
Op die groot Saaidag van die heelal
het reeds ‘n entjie duskant Wupperthal
oor die kaal Noordweste
‘n sakkie van die Here se beste
saad per ongeluk gelek,
gelek en uitgeval
On the day the Lord had set aside
for scattering beauty far and wide
on the bare North West near Wupperthal
a pocket of his best
Seed, by accident was rent
and leaked and leaked
and was gloriously spent
The best time of year to undertake a flower tour to Namaqualand and the Northwest of South Africa, is normally from the last week in August to the middle of September - Spring time in the land of the Rainbow People. However, this needs to be flexible each year as it is seasonal.
Cape AgriTours will be conducting a selection of flower tours in 2013, while private tours will be booked on request. Contact Eugene on firstname.lastname@example.org
While the wildflowers are the main attraction during spring, visits need not be limited to flower "hunting". The area is also home to our indigenous rooibos tea (red bush) - a tannin and caffein free beverage, which can be enjoyed at any time of day or night, with or without sugar, and with or without milk. Add some lemon or honey, and you have something completely different. Or why not try it in the Iced tea form?
And then of course our West Coast is so very well renouned for its fish and crayfish (Cape rock lobster). Nothing quite compares to a fat West Coast snoek on the barbeque, or that sizable crayfish with some lemon butter. And then there is the birdlife on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean - which includes the large Gannet, the endangered Black Oyster Catcher and the African penguins. And then finally, there are the people of the area - a bunch not quite comparable with anyone else in South Africa - another building block in the Rainbow Nation!
EXTENDED TOURS BY CAPE AGRITOURS LEISURE
The Garden Route Three or four-day options are available -- your choice will be tailored according to your preferences. En route you can visit famous landmarks, such as Swellendam, Mossel Bay (this is where Bartholomew Diaz was the first European to set foot on South African soil), George and the natural forests of the south coast. You can also venture inland to Oudtshoorn, ostrich feather capital of yesteryear, to view these very peculiar birds and the Cango Caves, a natural sandstone wonder in the Black Berg. When you continue east of George, you get to Knysna, a quaint little town on the shores of “Lake Knysna”, estuary of the river - well-known for its fresh oysters, while further down the road, you get to Plettenberg Bay - millionaires playground, and finally Port Elizabeth.
The Kruger National Park and Private Game Reserves Enjoy a trip to the eastern Lowveld of South Africa, to Mpumalanga Province - “land of the rising sun”. Admire the natural beauty of the scenic panorama drive along the escarpment, stopping at any of the many waterfalls in the area, or God's Window, the Pinnacle or the Three Rondavels towering above the Blyde River Canyon, and then compare the rustic Kruger Park, with the special treatment you get in one of the many private lodges scattered around the private game reserves, such as the Sabi Sand, Kapama or Timbavati.
Sun City Created from the barren earth, based only on one man's dream, rose Sun City, a small village of hotels, the first ever and largest casino in southern Africa, sports and other recreational facilities, shops, cinemas and the Sun City Superbowl, venue for sparkling functions, exhibitions and meetings - the Las Vegas of southern Africa. The man's dream had become reality.
West Coast and the Wildflowers of Namaqualand This seasonal tour into the natural flower wonderland is a must do for all visitors to the Western Cape during the months of August and September - the best time within these months will vary annually depending on the climatic conditions. With the aid of some good rain, ample sunshine and the assistance of the higher hand, this semi-desert region of our country is soon turned into a tapestry of colour na beauty.