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The Flowering Desert cycle tour

7-days cycling tour, South Africa

The Flowering Desert Cycle Tour takes you deep into one of nature’s most stunning sights, where riding your bike, surrounded by the most beautiful sea of yellow, orange, white and purple wildflowers in an area that most of the year is desert, is as close to a fairytale you will ever come. Welcome to the daisies of Namaqualand!

With names like Kammieskroon, Pella and Springbok, the Northern Cape brings with it an old-world charm that not many places in the world have. Ride to a cathedral surrounded by palm-trees in the desert. Lose yourself in the colors of spring in Namaqualand National Park. Conquer the granite koppies of Kamiesberg Mountain Pass and taste the wine of Bezalel. A cycling tour that takes you to the heart of the flowering desert!

Highlights of the Flowering Desert cycle tour

  • Fully guided and with backup vehicle
  • Small group size
  • BYO mountain bike or rent one
  • the mighty Augrabies waterfalls
  • Pella cathedral and palm trees
  • Goegap Nature reserve
  • Namaqualand National Park in flower season
  • Kamiesberg Mountain Pass
  • Kammieskroon
  • Bezalel wine farm and pepper brandy
  • Transfer from finish to starting point possible
‘For the beauty of the Rose, we need to water the thorns’ – African Proverb

The Flowering Desert cycle tour in detail

After arrival in Uppington, get on your cycle and make your way to the Augrabies Waterfalls. Cycle through the biggest date farm in South Africa in the morning and enjoy the majestic views of the mighty Orange River in the afternoon.

Pella and the “Sisters” are calling you, see how this oasis in the desert – with a Cathedral surrounded by Palm Trees – has survived through the years. You might be lucky enough to see how the locals still do traditional dancing. Cycle to Goegap Nature reserve where you might have an opportunity to spot the endangered Hartman’s Zebra or some Gemsbok grazing. Namaqualand National park during the flower season will have you mesmerized by the multitudes of colours; you can stand here for hours on end looking at the spectacular view this mosaic of flowers provides. These are the famous desert Daisies that flower after the spring rains. In dryer years you’ll see patches of yellow, orange and white, but in years with good rainfall, the desert literally explodes into a sea of colour.

Kamiesberg Mountain pass will provide us with the most strenuous day of cycling on the tour, where you will cycle between the massive granite koppies and through the beautiful valleys. Overnight will be in the quaint little village of Kammieskroon. Visit the Bezalel wine farm and find out how wine farms are surviving in this arid desert. Make certain you try their brandy – it is something not to miss out on since it is seasoned with hot peppers. An unforgettable experience during an unforgettable tour!

Map of the tour

The flowering desert cycle tour by Tales from Africa Travel

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