Northern Cape DestinationsNieuwoudtville, Upper Karoo
Nieuwoudtville is extremely popular during the wild flower season, and indeed, because of its unique placement in the Karoo plain known as the Bokkeveld, where the Hantam Karoo meets Cape Fynbos, it has a reputation as the bulb capital of the world. During spring bulbs, known as geophytes, of every description bloom in the area around town, rain dependent.
In town the gorgeous Neo-Gothic sandstone church forms the heart of the place. Its garden too is usually filled with flowering bulbs. Aside from the church, there is so much to do when in Nieuwoudtville that a stay for fewer than three days is unthinkable. You can visit many of the outlying farms during flower season, where people make their living from sheep, wheat and rooibos tea farming. Some of them offer accommodation too.
Other than that, there is the quiver tree forest, local sandstone ruins, glacial pavement, the Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve and a myriad activities that include bird watching, hiking and a lot of star gazing (light pollution in Nieuwoudtville is minimal). Also visit the small towns of Loeriesfontein, for the windmill museum, and Calvinia.
For more info about Nieuwoudtville see our articles on the SA Travel News Blog:
• Nieuwoudtville - the town famous for its bulbs reveals itself
• A farm in Nieuwoudtville - quiver trees, remoteness and skies like never before ...
• Where have all the flowers gone? Flowers out of season in Nieuwoudtville