Western Cape DestinationsVanrhynsdorp, Cape West Coast
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.
If you are heading out this way you will find this article of interest - "Vanrhynsdorp discovered".