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Best Namakwa Flower Trips and Tours

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Take a road trip from the Western Cape to the Northern Cape of South Africa and explore all the best spots for wildflower viewing in the Cape.

During the months of July, August and September it is again time for the spectacular Cape Wildflowers to bloom in all their glory.   A definite travel bucket list item.  This is a trip the whole family can enjoy together.  Plan and book your Namakwa Flower trip now.  Don’t miss out on this spectacular experience.

When is the best time to see the Namakwa Flowers?

The flowers in the Namaqua region (also called Namakwa or Namakwaland) start to bloom in late July and early August up until September.  But keep in mind that the flower times do differ according to rainfall.  Sometimes you might even still get to see some flowers in October. 

Where do you start your Namakwa Flower Tour

Flying in, to Cape Town International Airport (CPT) would be your nearest airport, should you wish to fly in.  From here you can easily rent a car with one of the trusted and internationally known operators.  (Oh don’t forget – if you’re looking for flight specials, do visit our page with all our Travel and Home specials.)

Following our itinerary below, we also give you a few tips on where to stay while doing your Namakwa flower tour.

Suggested Itinerary for a (Namaqua / Namakwaland) Namakwa DIY Flower Tour

Namakwaland flowers
  • Starting in Cape Town

    You can travel along the N7, North towards Piekenierskloof pass.

  • In and around Clanwilliam

    Here you will find lovely flower sports and while you are there, do enjoy an authentic Rooibos Tea: After all Clanwilliam is the home of the original and much loved, Rooibos.

Staying overnight in the Clanwilliam / Citrusdal area is a good idea.

  • Travel time from Clanwilliam to the Biedouw Valley is 56 min (70,0 km) via R364.
  • The Biedouw Valley

    This is definitely one of the most famous stops, to see spectacular carpets of flowers in bloom. Fabulous photo opportunities (so don't forget your camera, spare storage and chargers).

  • Then travel to Vanrhynsdorp

    Along the way, you'll find more flowers. Traveling from the Biedouw Valley  to Vanrhynsdorp is 1 hr 41 min (147,8 km) via R364 and N7.

  • Springbok

    You can travel all the way to Springbok - which is a 2 hr 24 min (259,3 km) via N7 trip and along the way you might also find some beautiful flower stops. (However this is a longer road trip and definitely not a day trip from Cape-Town.)

Springbok South Africa

12 Tips for your DIY Road Trip

More on our favorite places to stop and some great tips for your trip.
On your way back – Stop here

Should you decide to explore the West Coast flowers, your route might start in Langebaan and from there all the way to Laaiplek, Veldrift and Elands Bay.

Namaqua Flowers
  • Closer to Cape Town you'll find Langebaan

    You can stop in Langebaan on your way back to Cape Town. The West Coast National Park is beautiful this time of the year and the Postberg Flower Reserve in Langebaan is definitely also a must-see place to stop for flowers.

  • Postberg

    (Part of the West Coast National Park) is not open to the public during the year, but they open to the public ONLY in flower season.