Daisies and Klipkoppe

Spring is on its way and that means the Flower Season’s almost here 🙂  Here being the Western Cape of South Africa 😉  Road Travel can still offer excellent value for money accommodation in the most superb areas along the spectacular flower route.  The ideal route will take you from Cape Town up the West Coast into Namaqualand.

If you’re into space, and vast quantities of it, the Northern Cape is for you.  Endless flat vistas stretch out across the silent, thirsty landscapes.  It was in the heart of this province, at Verneukpan, that Malcolm Campbell attempted to break the Land Speed Record in 1929 in his car, Bluebird.  He failed, but he succeeded in putting this strikingly desolate part of the world on the map.  Springbok is world renowned as the Namaqualand Flower Capital.  The town lies in a narrow valley between the high granite domes of the Klein Koperberge which are locally referred to as “klipkoppe”.  Originally known as Springbokfontein, after the many antelope that inhabited the region, the name was shorted to Springbok.

With magnificent views overlooking the Koppies and valleys, Daisy Country Lodge is truly an oasis in this semi desert area.  The lodge is situated just outside of Springbok on 25 Hectares, on the farm called Biesjesfontein.  Namaqualand is known for its spring flowers, rare succulents, unique indigenous plants, rich history, hospitality, unreal rock formations and the Richtersveld.  With lots to do and see at at Daisy, Springbok and the surrounding areas, this is a destination worth visiting for a few days.  Tasteful air-conditioned bedrooms have private entrances offering quality linen, bar fridge, satellite TV and tea tray.  Relax after a day of activities and cool off at the pool.  There’s also a walking trail on the farm with horse riding, biking, 4×4 trails nearby, or river rafting down the Orange River at Vioolsdrift. Daisy Country Lodge also offer an A la carte restaurant.

There’s a surprising amount of things to do in and around this area.  The Blue Mine, Springbok’s first mine, includes a walking trail which offers amazing views of the town from the western outskirts.  Goegap Nature Reserve offers the visitor 600 indigenous flower species, 45 mammal species and about 94 bird species.  And don’t miss the Hester Malan Wild Flower garden with its incredible succulent collection.  Also be sure to visit the Namaqualand Museum housed in the old synagogue, Orbicule Hill in Concordia, Komaggas Spinning and Weaving and the war graves from the Anglo Boer War on the Kleinzee road that dates back to 1860.  Contact Road Travel to find out more about the area and allow us to assist you in creating the ideal getaway to Namaqualand.