Nieuwoudtville alternative travel destinationFlowers for Africa

images-2This small, pretty village where the houses are built of sandstone and the church is a National monument, comes alive in August and September with vibrant wild flowers as far as the eye can see and beyond. A good enough reason for it being known as the bulb capital of the world and tourists from all over flock here in season.

Outside flower time, it is a very quiet dorp where not much happens. The surrounding countryside is very pretty and the Nieuwoudtville waterfall is a local attraction along with the glacial pavements and quiver tree forest.

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To stay:

Papkuilsfontein Guest Farm – choice of 3 self catering, stone cottages on a working farm, 22km outside the village. The farm is one of our favourite spots, set in the middle of mountains with a stunning rock pool to swim in, a canyon to gape at and rock art to discover. A place to really relax and be at one with nature – no electricity in cottages. Beautiful hikes and magic scenery –  the best reason to visit Nieuwoudtville out of season!

To eat:

Smidswinkel Restaurant – open every day and a popular place in town for eating, drinking and watching sport on the big screen.

Die Waenhuis Restaurant – situated on Papkuilsfontein farm, serving great home cooked lunches and decadent cakes in a beautiful setting.


It’s all in the planning

Don’t forget to book well in advance for accommodation if you’re planning to go during the flower season. It’s worth the trip to marvel at the flowers and view the several art exhibitions that are erected specially for the months of August and September.

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