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    Any hope that we may have a reasonable flower season this year?
    What is that latest info on rain thus far?

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    Default Re: N. Cape flower season

    promises to be a good year.
    Clanwilliam dam from less than 10% to over 50% now so lots of rain in area

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    Definitely going to be a good year - some early flowers already starting around Yzerfontein....
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    What are our chances of seeing the fringes of this phenomenon when travelling the Namakwa Eco Trail along the Gariep (Orange) River early Septemeber?
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    Clanwilliam - I can see should be good but how about the Namaqua Park?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Dold View Post
    Clanwilliam - I can see should be good but how about the Namaqua Park?
    Yes Paul that is my question - but we would be at the extreme northern part just south of or in the Richtersveld conservancy or (later) in the Richtersveld itself.
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    Peter - My feeling is that the far north (as distinct from W. Cape flowers) has had too little rain for a decent flower show but we must wait for those in the Northern Cape proper to respond. I know Nieuwoudtville has had some rain.

    You are off on a fabulous trip!
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    Namaqua itself has had about 40mm over the past 2 months as against 120-150mm normally.

    But the veld is looking slightly green now and should at least be better than last year.

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    The rain in the Groot Karoo in my area was late and very little. 50 mm in Jan and 40 in April with spits and spots otherwise. There were flowers starting out on the Leeu Gamka road yesterday. Still early but the Karoo veld is green so it looks like we could have some good flowers this year. I will let you know when the flowers open in my yard.
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    I see flower season expert Rey Janse Van Rensburg interviewed by Go Magazine forecasts that this could be another
    poor season:

    "Judging by the quiver trees I think we will have another poor season this year. The trees only produced 20-30% of their usual number of flowers during April and May. I think the same will happen with the flowers.

    "The drought in Namaqualand is the worst anyone can remember. I think we will have to wait until 2020 for another good flower season. But I hope I am wrong. Maybe rain is around the corner. As we say around here: If you don't want to tell a lie don't make promises about the weather."
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    Aparaintly Springbok received some 10mm of rain, this past weekend.

    They have received below average rainfall so far this rainfall season. So not looking good for flowering season for central Namaqualand.

    We also plan a West Coast trip for end of September. But it is not about the flowers as such(I am an old Namakwalanner) but for the wild camping.
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    So where on the West Coast are you going to camp?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Dold View Post
    So where on the West Coast are you going to camp?
    Strandfontein and then four nights on the Wild Wes Coast from Namaqua Sands Mine, north to Groenriviersmond. And then another night at Hondeklipbaai.

    We are actually going to be 5 - 4x4 vehicles.
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    Sounds wonderful!
    Wild camping is the best!

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    The first flowers and forecast on the coming flower season.
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    No rain in my area as of yet. But there was some rain in Calvinia, Noewoudtville, Vanrhynsdorp, Garies, Kamieskroon and Springbok the last weekend of June.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olyfboer View Post
    No rain in my area as of yet. But there was some rain in Calvinia, Noewoudtville, Vanrhynsdorp, Garies, Kamieskroon and Springbok the last weekend of June.
    Sad to hear about the lack of rain.
    OT, do not know if you know, but there is a convoy of 22 links on its way from Grabouw to Frazerburg with drought relief animal feed.
    Pulled out early this morning.

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    Sad to hear about the lack of rain.
    OT, do not know if you know, but there is a convoy of 22 links on its way from Grabouw to Frazerburg with drought relief animal feed.
    Pulled out early this morning.
    Started arriving about 12:00. All the farmers in town with trailers on their bakkies to fetch it from the offloading point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Dold View Post
    The first flowers and forecast on the coming flower season.
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    I always enjoy his videos!

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