Things To Do in VanrhynsdorpKokerboom Nursery
Where? 74 Voortrekker Street, Vanrhynsdorp, 8170, Western Cape
When? Monday to Friday from 08h00 to 17h00.
How? Call +27 (0)27 219-1062
How much? Free to browse
The Aloe dichotoma is one of South Africa’s magnificent indigenous plants. It is an important part of the local vegetation, and characterises these landscapes in beautiful drama. It is also known as the kokerboom or the quiver tree. The Kokerboom Nursery in Vanrhynsdorp (at the edge of the Nama Karoo in the Western Cape) was established during a time that a major motorway was being built, destroying millions of succulents in the process.
Mr Wiese seized the opportunity to save these plants, after receiving permits from Nature Conservation. He relocated the nursery from the Knersvlakte to its current position in Vanrhynsdorp and established it as a nature reserve, which remains in the Wiese family.
Today, the nursery has a wonderful array of quiver trees and other succulents to see and purchase. In fact, it is the largest of its kind on the planet, making it even more special to explore.
There are three subspecies of the quiver tree, which have various characteristics and applications. These are explored in detail at Kokerboom Nursery. These trees and the many succulents here are designed to survive in the heat of the Nama Karoo, while retaining a unique prettiness. They are delightful to explore, and to brighten homes and gardens.
The plants can be ordered and purchased, and there are occasionally special offers for quiver tree and succulent enthusiasts.
The town of Vanrhynsdorp is situated amidst the Matzikamma and Gifberg Mountains, and is technically part of the Namaqualand region. Every year, at about the beginning of spring, this countryside is quite suddenly laden with colourful wild flowers, attracting visitors from all over the world to appreciate the mosaic laid out before them.
>a href="http://www.sa-venues.com/westcape2.htm">Cape Town and its international airport are some 300 kilometres away from Kokerboom Nursery.