Cape Town - The winter rains experienced in the Western Cape bodes well for a spectacular display of spring-time Namaqualand flowers.
Now is the perfect time to book accommodation and plan a weekend getaway in September to see the fynbos, before the big rush and to avoid disappointment.
Whether it’s a romantic getaway, a friends’ road trip or a family holiday, there is bound to be the perfect place for you to stay and enjoy the rugged beauty that the West Coast is best known for. But to make your planning a little easier, here are some of SafariNow’s favourite places to stay for a flower-viewing holiday.
Citrusdal Country Lodge
Cost: From R850 for two guests per night
This 3-star family run hotel is a relaxing and luxurious getaway spot. It’s a great base from which to explore the surrounding areas of the Cederberg Mountains and Namaqualand. If you’re looking for activities such as hiking or trips to see the local rock paintings or flowers, all you have to do is ask and these can be organised by your helpful hosts.
Cost: From R2 200 per unit (accommodates 10 people)
Breathtaking scenery paired with the comfortable accommodation of the Cape Cederview cottage will make for the perfect weekend away with friends. The self-catering house sleeps 10 and offers all the creature comforts while being perfectly located to explore the surrounding area with beautiful hikes, bird watching and flower viewing trips, and watersports.
At the sea
Cost: From R3450 per night (sleeps 6)
If it’s a relaxing and decadent family holiday you’re after, this is the place for you. Right on the beach, this magnificent house sleeps 6 with all the comforts of a luxurious hotel but the privacy of a quiet home. Spend time on the beach or wander through the flower fields; the beauty of the West Coast is right on your doorstep.
Cost: From R500 per night (sleeps 2)
Lankverwacht Guestfarm offers two gorgeous self-catering cottages, complete with cosy fireplaces, perfect for a romantic getaway to the countryside. Nestled in the heart of Namaqualand, the spring flowers are just a stroll away.
Draaihoek Lodge and Restaurant
Location: Elands Bay
Cost: From R1 800 per night for 2 guests
With a 4-star rating, this spectacular lodge provides the perfect treat. It is ideally positioned to offer easy access to breathtaking sights of the Namaqualand flowers, and whale and dolphin watching from the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.
While any of these establishments would provide the setting for a spectacular flower viewing trip, if you would rather sit back and let someone else pick up the organising reins, here are a few package deals that might pique your interest:
Adapted from a press release for IOL