Ramskop Nature Reserve

Ramskop Nature Reserve lies just next to Clanwilliam, with the Cederberg Mountains, fields of rooibos tea and orange groves as a backdrop

Western Cape Game and Nature ReservesThe Ramskop Nature Reserve

The Cederberg region has some of the most incredible wild flowers during the flower season that usually happens around August/September.

Particularly for those travellers who can't make it all the way up to Garies and other gems like Nieuwoudtville, the Cederberg is as wonderful an option. And a lot closer to Cape Town.

Ramskop Nature Reserve lies just next to Clanwilliam, with the Cederberg Mountains, fields of rooibos tea and orange groves as a backdrop. Its wild flower garden has no fewer than 350 different species of wild flower and it is one of several places in the area where during the flower season you're almost guaranteed of a carpet, particularly if you go between 11am and 3pm whilst the sun is at its highest and the flowers are open.

Ramskop Nature Reserve thus forms part of Clanwilliam's annual Wild Flower Show, ten days usually at the end of August and first week of September, at the Dutch Reformed Church. The reserve has a series of paths that are easy to follow and give one access to some incredible views out over the mountains and Clanwilliam's dam.

The Ramskop reserve is only 66 hectares, but more than a tenth of this is planted with wild flowers from the entire Namaqualand. As a result, you'll be able to view flowers here that represent the Knersvlakte, Richtersveld and Boesmanland.

Ramskop, if you do not have long to see the flowers, is a good alternative for viewing flowers without having to clock up the miles. There is even a section of the reserve that includes marshland and Nieuwoudtville bulbs. The reserve is maintained by the local municipality and a series of volunteers for it is without financial support.

A tea garden is usually available during the flower season.

Popular Activities in or near Ramskop Nature Reserve

Cederberg Wilderness Trail

The Clanwilliam cedar grows is the cedar zone against cliffs and overhangs usually at over 1000 metres above sea level. It is endangered and under protection in the cedar reserve, 5 250 hectares within the wilderness. Volunteers plant...

More info and contact details: Cederberg Wilderness Trail

Cape Flower Route

Citrusdal is not only famous for citrus production and natural hot water springs, it also falls onto the Cape Flower Route - a journey through the explosion of exquisite flowers that burst into life between July and October. Over 4000 flower species...

More info and contact details: Cape Flower Route

Freshwater Fishing

Freshwater angling in the Olifants River is one of the many reasons why Clanwilliam has gained such popularity over the years as a holiday destination. The river has the richest endemic fish population in the country. The river is approximately...

More info and contact details: Freshwater Fishing

Did you know?

Just next to the town of Clanwilliam with its fields of rooibos tea and orange groves, the Ramskop Reserve has no fewer than 350 different species of wild flower. Itís one of the best places during the flower season to view a carpet of blooms.

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