Vanrhynsdorp, Cape West Coast

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Vanrhynsdorp, Cape West Coast

Vanrhynsdorp, Olifants River Valley

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Vanrhynsdorp is situated in the folds of the towering Matzikamma and Gifberg Mountains on the N7, 300 km north of Cape Town, en route to Namibia.

Vanrhynsdorp is in administrative terms part of the Western Cape Province, but geographically, Vanrhynsdorp is part of the Namaqualand Region and is the hub of the flower routes. Vanrhynsdorp is the start of the the vast, semi-desert Nama Karoo, with its typical vegetation of succulents and semi-arid climate.

For a short time every year (after good winter rains, around August to September) the countryside here erupts into a show of colour as spans of wildflowers bloom. Vanrhynsdorp is an ideal base from which the Namaqualand flower areas may be explored.

Vanrhynsdorp is home to a succulent nursery that is the largest of its kind in the world. This nursery has become the centre of preservation of a large variety of indigenous succulents. These fascinating plants attract the attention of visitors from all over the world as the nursery houses some 500 species of indigenous succulents of which about 50 are endemic to the area.

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average visitor rating: 5/5"Gedurende Desember 2012 het ek en my man deur die Noord Kaap getoer met ons motorfietse en besluit om in Vanrhynsdorp uit te span aangesien dit in die middel ..." - Ronéll Roelofse, Randfontein, Gauteng

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Cape Flower Route

The southern section of the famous Cape Flower Route falls within the Olifants River Valley. Following good rains, Lutzville, Vredendal, Vanrhynsdorp, Klawer and Clanwilliam are all renowned for the extravagance of their wild flowers in August and September after the right amount of rainfall.

Knersvlakte Nature Reserve

Knersvlakte Nature Reserve (proclaimed in September 2014) is situated on the West Coast between Klawer in the Western Cape and Kliprand in the Northern Cape. It is idyllically nestled just north of the Olifants River. The reserve covers some 85 500 hectares, and is home to dwarf succulents... more information

West Coast 5 Day Itinerary

Anyone with any knowledge of the flowers will tell you that to see them at their best, you need to drive with the sun at your back. What this means is that you should drive all the way up to at least Vanrhynsdorp or Nieuwoudtville to start your route. The flowers are best viewed between 11h00 and 15h00 ... more information

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Cape Flower Route

Where: Cirusdal
How much (per person): Free to browse

Citrusdal is not only famous for citrus production and natural hot water springs, it also falls onto the Cape Flower Route - a journe ... more information

Traut's Tie Collection

Where: Vanrhynsdorp
How much (per person): Free

A man named Cecil Traut was a rather peculiar character who spent his last 60 years behind a bar, pulling pints for the locals and passers t ... more information

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