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    Default FLowers trip Aug 2016

    Hi all
    We are planning a flowers trip from 27 Aug to 31 Aug this year. Plan is to camp in Springbok 4 nights and drive into a differnt area each day. From there we travel to KTP for 6 nights and then back home.
    Is this a viable plan and will using Springbok as base be advisable?
    Any suggestions of where to camp in Springbok - I have read about Springbok caravan park...
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    Default Re: FLowers trip Aug 2016

    Try Goegap Nature Reserve. Also has some game and flowers.
    We stayed there on the way back from Kgalagadi last year.
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    Default Re: FLowers trip Aug 2016

    We stayed at the iconic Springbok Hotel, but visited Goegab for a full day in September 2013. One of the most stunning landscapes ever! I think Goegab will be a good base. Don't forget to go and see the Orbicule Rock at Concordia! Spending a day on the white beach of McDougall's Bay is also lovely.
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    What would be a good travel plan to follow in terms of places to see and also where are nice camping spots?
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    Default Re: FLowers trip Aug 2016

    Bogaards


    It is pot luck if one plans in advance with variables such as did it rain, did it rain enough, when did it rain and where did it rain?


    So the name of the game is take your chances and if the year is not a bumper flower year, then enjoy the other stuff that the area has to offer.


    I have planned my trip last year Sept to make sure I do get accommodation.


    I have set my targets on the last week of August and the 1st of September.


    I will start in the north and work my way down south.


    I have made peace with the fact that I will not see it all. See the map http://www.capewestcoast.org/Flower%...02015%20FA.pdf


    I would like to have some time to spend on the gravel roads as well.


    So here is my best estimate and travel Plan
    • 1 night Augrabies ( en route)
    • 2 nights Goegab, Springbok (To cover the reserve and the Springbok area)
    • 4 nights Namaqua National Park, to cover the park and the Kamieskroon area, including the coastal route to Groenriviermond))
    • 3 nights Vredendal (to cover the coastal flowers and the southern part of the coastal route to Brand se Baai)
    • 2 nights Niewoudtville ( to cover the bulbs)
    • 4 nights Tankwa
    • 1 night Loxton
    • 2 nights Mokala
    • Home
    As I said the flowers will be a bonus!
    I will miss the West Coast Park area and south of Vanrynsdorp though.


    Regards


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    Default Re: FLowers trip Aug 2016

    Quote Originally Posted by JGN View Post
    Bogaards


    It is pot luck if one plans in advance with variables such as did it rain, did it rain enough, when did it rain and where did it rain?


    So the name of the game is take your chances and if the year is not a bumper flower year, then enjoy the other stuff that the area has to offer.


    I have planned my trip last year Sept to make sure I do get accommodation.


    I have set my targets on the last week of August and the 1st of September.


    I will start in the north and work my way down south.


    I have made peace with the fact that I will not see it all. See the map http://www.capewestcoast.org/Flower%...02015%20FA.pdf


    I would like to have some time to spend on the gravel roads as well.


    So here is my best estimate and travel Plan
    • 1 night Augrabies ( en route)
    • 2 nights Goegab, Springbok (To cover the reserve and the Springbok area)
    • 4 nights Namaqua National Park, to cover the park and the Kamieskroon area, including the coastal route to Groenriviermond))
    • 3 nights Vredendal (to cover the coastal flowers and the southern part of the coastal route to Brand se Baai)
    • 2 nights Niewoudtville ( to cover the bulbs)
    • 4 nights Tankwa
    • 1 night Loxton
    • 2 nights Mokala
    • Home
    As I said the flowers will be a bonus!
    I will miss the West Coast Park area and south of Vanrynsdorp though.


    Regards


    JOhan
    Thanks,

    who can one contact to find out if the flowers are "ready"?

    Luckily Swambo will be on Maternity leave then, so this year we can actually pack and go on short notice.

    Would be nice if we can do it say from 7 to 15 August...
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    Default Re: FLowers trip Aug 2016

    Thanks for info Johan & everyone
    Johan will you be camping or staying over in guest houses/chalets? I assume it will be very cold in those areas Aug/Sept time?
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    Default Re: FLowers trip Aug 2016

    Quote Originally Posted by HennieC View Post
    Thanks for info Johan & everyone
    Johan will you be camping or staying over in guest houses/chalets? I assume it will be very cold in those areas Aug/Sept time?
    Hennie
    When we stayed in Springbok around the 20th of September 2013 a rainy cold front passed through. The maximum was 11C! So yes, it can get cold, but if the scorching easterly wind blows it can get very hot during that time and the flowers wilt very quickly then. Phone Goegab Nature Reserve closer to the time, they'll give you the status quo of the flowers. If you're not camping, the Springbok Hotel is quite an experience.
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    Default Re: FLowers trip Aug 2016

    You must be very brave to do camping in August in Springbok!

    That said, there is a new place in Kamieskroon that opened recently or will be opening soon, with chalets as well as camping sites with own ablution, as far as I understood.

    If interested, PM me and I can get the name / contact details.

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