A solid six hour (plus) drive from Cape Town is totally worth it when you see the beginnings of the Namaqualand Spring.
Nothing short of glamping in this spectacular canvas will do it justice, and there are several operators offering this as an option. Skilpad Camp is one of these and offers their services during the peak viewing season between 23 August to 23 September.
These spring flowers have a worldwide reputation, as there are over three and a half thousand species of flowers blooming, with over a thousand of these being completely unique to the area.
You will also have an unparalleled opportunity for star-gazing as there is minimal light pollution and you will see stars like you have never seen them.
Situated in the beautiful Franschoek area of Simondium, Le Bonheur has a variety of reptile related activities to keep the whole family entertained (and possibly, slightly creeped out) :-)
There are crocodile pond tours every forty-five minutes where you can even participate in a crocodile cage dive (book before, minimum age 9, groups of up to ten). Swim in the same water as crocodiles and experience one of evolutions fiercest predators as closely as you’d like.
They also have an amazing snake centre with a variety of reptiles on display as well as snake shows on the weekend. For the keen fisher you will also be able to engage in some relaxing catch and release fishing, this is a prime location for catching bass.
This week we are looking at a few activities that are a little off the beaten track, yet entirely worth it and memorable. As we gear up towards our summer season, here are some day-trip and short-stay overnight ideas.