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         Flowers:

Every year during Springtime, a miracle happens when the Namaqualand area is transformed into a brilliant kaleidoscope of massed flowers!

Usually, the peak time reaches towards the middle of August and draw to a close at the end of September.  Some years, the flowers start to bloom about mid-July.  But it all depends on the ‘timing’ of the rain.

Bear in mind that it takes about 2 to 3 days or more, to visit all the flower displays in Calvinia, Nieuwoudtville and Loeriesfontein.

The flowers are usually open between 10:30 – 16:00 on sunny days.

Remember to look at the flowers with your back towards the sun.

Blomme:

Elke jaar gedurende die Lente, verander die Namakwaland in ‘n ongelooflike kaleidoskoop van kleure!

Die wisselvalligheid van ons reënval bepaal die aanvang van die ‘blomtydperk’ wat gewoonlik wissel tussen Augustus en September elke jaar.

In uitsonderlike jare kan die blomme selfs in Julie begin blom.  Oktober maande kan die wonderlike massas pers vygiebosse gesien word.

Dit neem ongeveer 2 –3 dae en meer, om die mooiste blomgebiede in die omgewing van Calvinia, Nieuwoudtville en Loeriesfontein te besoek.

Blomme is gewoonlik tussen 10:30 en 16:00 oop.

Let daarop dat blomme tydens reëndae en baie winderige dae nie hul massavertorings kan gee nie.

Kyk altyd na die blomme met jou rug na die son.

Nieuwoudtville:     Link:  www.nieuwoudtville.com

Nieuwoudtville Waterfall

* Nieuwoudtville Watervall Reserve about  6km buite Nieuwoudtville – follow the Loeriesfontein-road.
* Oorlogskloof wandelpad – Nature Reserve – offers 1-7 day trails
* SANBI Natuurtuin  Wild Flower reserve
* Gletserspore
* Kokerboomwoud – die grootste in SA – Aloe Dichotoma – Quiver tree forest – the largest in SA – on the farm Gannabos
* NG Kerk Neo-Gotiese tyl van sandsteen  - Neo Gothic sandstone church
* Plaaslike blomplant kwekery Local Bulb Nursery
* Boesmantekeninge
* Rooibostee plase en fabriek
* Sandsteen ruines  -  Sandstone ruins
* Outdoor activities:
          o Bird watching
          o Hiking
          o 4x4 routes
          o Amazing Stargazing – as you will never see in any city!
* Caravanning

Calvinia:

* Museum:  Is ‘n ou Sinagoge is in 1920 ingewy en sedert 1968 as museum gebruik.
* The Synagogue was erected in 1920 and donated to the municipality for use as a museum in 1968.  – Tel:  027 3411 043
* Akkerendam Natuur Reservaat en 2km voetslaanpad – neem ongeveer 2 ure om te voltooi.
* Nature Reserve and 2km Hiking Trails – takes about one hour to complete.
* NG Moederkerk:  - in Neo-Gotiese styl gebou 1899 en voltooi in 1900

Dutch Reformed Chruch:  (National Monument) The church, was built in die Neo-Gothic style, in 1899.  The first service was held 24 Nov 1900.

* Hantam Huis – (National Monument) build in 1854 own by Dr Erwin  Coetzee and his wife Alta Tel: 027 3411 606
* Grootste Posbus – Largest Postbox:  in Southern Africa
* Hantam Vleisfees wat jaarliks gehou word tydens die laaste naweek in Augustus.

Hantam Meat Festival – a gastronomical experience of typical traditional meat dishes.  It is usually held during the last weekend of Aug.

Tel: 027 3411794 (am. / vm)

* Marathon:  The Hantam Athletic and Equestrian Endurance Marathons are part of the Meat Festival.  Tel: 027 3411794 (am. / vm)

Die Hantam Atletiek en Perde Uithoumarathon word jaarliks tydens die Vleisfees gehou.

* Hantam bergreeks - Hantam being a Khoi word meaning "where the red bulbs grow"

Loeriesfontein:
Link: www.loeriesfontein.co.za

Windpompmuseum / WINDMILLMUSEUM:

Named after FRED TURNER

Loeriesfontein, a neighbouring town only 65km from Nieuwoudtville, hosts a unique Windmill museum of which there are only two in the world, the other being in the U.S.A.

There is also an interesting museum in the old Baptist Church.

“This  little town is the capital of Bushmanland, the greatest undiscovered secret of South Africa”.

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