Kamieskroon

Bushmanskloof

Nieuwoudtville

 

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Guided by David Rogers.

Namaqualand Flowers August 2020.

You are invited to join David Rogers on a flower safari designed to coincide with the annual spring flowers in the Cape, South Africa.

21, 22, 23, 24: Kamieskroon Hotel

25, 26: Nieuwoudtville

27,28,29: Bushmanskloof

30,31: West Coast and Berg River

The cost of the 11 night, 12-day trip is $4336 per person sharing based on two people.

Add-ons can be arranged to Cape Town or to stay in private game reserves. We can also offer a couple of days in our photo studio to focus on advanced photoshop, processing and printing.

Kamieskroon Hotel is where Freeman Patterson based himself for much of his work for the book: “Garden of the Gods”. It is well positioned to explore Skilpad, Karas, Kamiesberg as well as Springbok and the coastal areas.

Expect Warm, friendly hospitality at this relaxed informal hotel.

We will stay in a guest house in Niewoudtville. This town is the bulb capital of the world.  We will explore the fields of Papkuilsfontein and also explore the Hantam botanical gardens and the Kokerboom forest.

In Bushmanskloof we will enjoy some 5-star luxury and great food in a private game reserve in the Cedarberg Mountains. Bushman rock art, waterfalls, rock art and enjoying wildlife in the flowers are the highlight of our time here.

On the West Coast explore the flower fields of the Berg River.  In this area we will also explore the Postberg Reserve which has wonderful sea and flower vistas.

 

South Africa is well known for its floral diversity. The Succulent Karoo biome occurs in the western part of South Africa which experiences a low winter rainfall of between 20 and 290 mm a year.As less than 5% of the area is conserved it is a botanical hotspot with approximately one third of the world’s succullent plants many of which are red data species. The vegetation is dominated by dwarf plants of which the vygies and stone crops are particularly prominent. Mass flowering of annuals mostly daisies occur in spring often on degraded lands.

Nieuwoudtville is on a plateau and has 4 different biomes.In the fields there are 1 350 species of plants with more than 600 species growing in the the vicinity of the town. Forty of these plant species are endemic to the Bokkeveld and twenty two of them grow in and around Nieuwoudtville. The flower bulbs are known as geophytes and their diversity is unbelievable. In a small area around the town there are 309 different species of plants to be found. The bulbs are so plentiful that it is not uncommon to find up to 25000 bulbs or 50 different species of plants in a square metre of soil. At this density, a spade full of soil will contain more than a 100 bulbs.

On this trip we will practice various techniques as below. In addition to general photography, we will look at.

  • Slow exposures of seascapes
  • Blurs and multiple exposures
  • Black and white
  • Macro photography in our studio box and in the field
  • Lightroom and photoshop techniques.

Our 4×4 vehicle has space for 4 people but we intend keeping numbers to 2 or 3 people.

Expect to travel to reach our destinations. On our 2019 trip we covered 3000 kilometres. They day’s are likely to start at 07h00 and we are likely to be back at sunset.

Please complete the booking form to guarantee place on this trip. Or contact us for any questions.

Read all about our 2019 flower safari