Niewoudtville and Back

We attended the Fynbos Forum in Langebaan and afterwards we headed out to see some wild flowers. The following pages show the flowers as we found them. This year was a very wet year and the bulbs for which Niewoudtville is so justifiably famed were still hiding. But the rest of the flowers were out and doing well in the sun.

Where is Niewoudtville?

Simply put, it is about 5 to 6 hours drive up the West Coast. As you travel the country dries out. The plants become drought resistant and eventually you find yourself in, what has been called "big sky contry". The horizon is far away and shimmers in the heat.



Niewoudtville is known for its flowers. It sells itself as the "Bulb Capital of the World" and rightly so. It also has a an amazing waterfall and so we are first going to visit the waterfall and then get to the flowers.

The waterfall is about 7 km out of Niewoudtville on the road to Loeriesfontein and would probably be more famouse if it were not for the fact that it only has water for a short period in spring and early summer.

It kinda sneaks up on you. One moment you are walking through open veld,

Then a noisy, boisterous river appears but you stil cannot see a waterfall.

Then a couple of small waterfalls do appear.

You tend to be disappointed and to think, "Is that all?"

As you pass the small waterfalls you realise that the noise of falling water is not coming from the falls you can see. And then the world kind of falls away in front of you and you have reached the waterfall.

And then you are standing looking down 100 m (about 300 foot) following the water cascading into the gorge below.









And then it just ambles away without anymore fuss.

I found this lovely little waterfall that trickled its way to the edge of the canyon and then just disappeard.





We aslo found plenty of green slugs. They are remarkably difficult to photograph. If you think a slug moves slowly, try to take a picture of it with your camera set to Macro. But in the end perserverence paid off.





But you cannot go far without seeing the spring flowers.



Before we hit the flowers we stopped to fulfill one of my ambitions. To see the glacial pavement that was ground down when South Africa was part of Pangea and was at the south pole. The temperatures that day were not south pole values, but it wasn't warm. Notice the jacket!









And then we headed out to see the flowers that colour the landscape of Namaqualand.

























Home