6 - 8 September 2019
Join us for the most wholesome weekend of 2019 – Dance, Sing, Trail, Tribe. Connect with an epic community of nature lovers, trail runners and like minded people who thrive on fresh air and music.
This will be our 12th year running. Yes 12 epic years in the flowers.
The Namaqualand Flower Festival – adventure, flowers, camping, dancing, running, singing, star gazing, culture education, laughing, bush walks, traditional dance, bushman paintings, Botany, Bees, Conservation, Foraging, Music, Black eagles, Prize giving and one of our favorite, Open mic! All while mixing with like-minded people.
GENERAL IDEA OF THE WEEKENDS EVENTS:
Camping – Under the stars in a 5 billion star hotel
Music – Live Bands, Open Mic night. Not to be missed! – TBC
Dancing – Secret Sunrise
Swimming – Rock pools and waterfalls in the Namaqualand wilderness
Star Gazing – Entertaining astrology journey with our famous – Jacques Tredouw
Walk with Bushman – Oom Petrus walks us through the indigenous beauty and medicinal plants used since our ancestors walked these regions.
Trail Run – 3 adventurous routes to choose from for all levels of trail runner.
Open Mic – Where stars are born – Share your talent, story, or best skit. Our open mic is always a HIT!
Yoga – To stretch those limbs and minds following a very enduring weekend of full activity.
Gates open for registration: 11am (we encourage you to arrive as early as possible)
- The Koisan Welcome Circle
- Secret Sunset
- Stargazing with Jacques
23:00 Registration closes
- Breathing workshop
- Live morning act – Post Saturday night blues session
- The Namaqua INamous prize giving
06:00 Early registration opens
06:45 Registration closes
- Morning offers 3 distance trail runs available for adventurous runners – a
- challenging 21km (for experienced runners only), a scenic 9km trail and a
- family fun 4km route. Workshop (Beekeeping, traditional dancing)
- Nature walk with Jacques
- Open mic
- Bands start
- Silent disco
TRY NOT TO LEAVE BEFORE PRIZE GIVING.
This is one of our favorite parts of the event and in something most regret having missed.
Take time to relax on Sunday morning, don’t rush, let’s end off the weekend together with our traditional end of festival prize giving which will have you feeling elated and complete from the holistic weekend.
This year’s festival is bigger and more action packed than the last! We have heard your requests and have made great improvements to make the fun even more fun and your experience even more joy-filled.
ENTRIES OPEN 1st APRIL 2019
*** LIMITED ENTIRES available for all ticket options ***
- Short Route Early Bird – R750
- Long Route Early Bird – R750
- General Entry Early Bird – R750
- General entry-Non runners – R875
- General entry Short Route – R875
- General entry Long Route – R875
- Daisy Glamping Zone – R1900
- The trail run (If booked)
- All weekend access
- Camping (General camping Zone) for the Friday and the Saturday night
- Band and music and a cash bar on the Saturday night
- Goody bag on arrival
*The Glamping ticket option for those wanting a bit of comfort.
- A tent provided for you and set up prior to your arrival
- Glamping area is up in a private area above the rest of the camping
- Glamping kitchenette area with stove and kettle provided
- Glamping entry includes a run
- Goodie Bag on entry
- All the weekend activities
General Camping A soft grassy field splashed with spring daisies.
“Family Zone” – Camp with your car, a little further from the action to allow for some real R&R.
Daisy Glamping – for a bit of luxury – Fully catered tent, mattress, home station with fire, tea, coffee & personal service. Ready to rock on arrival.
THE TRAIL ROUTE
20KM – “The Long Route”: This trail, You can swim in the Doorn river. The run follows a watercourse that looks like the Fish River Canyon on a smaller scale. You walk along the edge of the watercourse and later descend into the valley to walk along the river. Several interesting Bushman painting sites are passed on the way. You then turn back towards home at the 10km mark, climbing out of the canyon, to a water point at 17km, with an easy yet sandy jeep track to the finish line.
9km “The short route”: This trail takes you through some spectacular rock formations. In and out of caves and paintings. Surrounded by fresh air and amazing fauna and flora, you will not be disappointed!
4km “The fun run”: A fun yet challenging trail. Following a little trail along the stream to a little rock pool for a welcome dip, a small climb to feel the burn, then free ride on the jeep track all the way home.
From Cape Town:
Take the N7 north for approximately 300km to Vanrhynsdorp. Once in the town take the R27 towards Niewoudville. At the Hotel (in Vanrhynsdorp) take a right onto the Troe Troe pad. Follow this road towards the Gifberg (table top mountain south east of Vanrhynsdorp). Follow for 7km and continue straight over a 4 way crossing. Continue up the mountain pass for approx. 20km onto the Gifberg plateau. Once on top look for signs saying JF Huisamen and Gifberg holiday farm to the venue. From Vanrynsdorp there will be event signs to look out for.
The Namaqualand Flower Festival is set in a biodiversity hotspot with no less than 6 endemic species of plant life in the area. For this reason the following rules and etiquette must be adhered to by all competitors and marshals alike:
- Absolutely NO Littering
- Never be more than 10m from the trail or out of sight of the nearest cairn or marshal (unless you need water along the route, there is a waterfall and various rivers to fill your bottles up from) anyone found taking shortcuts will be disqualified and banned from the race for two (2) years.
- No destruction or defacing of any Plant or animal life
- Absolutely no polluting the river and water systems on route
- Any form of violence towards oneself or another (including marshals, other competitors, animal and plant life) will result in disqualification. The Race
- Director reserves the right to report any violent behaviour to the police for prosecution.
- Gifberg Holiday farm is a wilderness area, please respect the area for what it is.
Indemnities must be signed before taking part in the event.
- Each competitor must carry a hydration system of some type. The size of hydration system is up to you.
- Recommended: 2 litres, there will be streams on route with fresh water.
- Food – You need fuel for your body.
- Take sunscreen
- There is some rugged terrain and we are in the Northern Cape wilderness, so every competitor is expected to carry a light fleece or windbreaker and a space blanket.
Prizes – Prizes will be awarded for the first 3 males and females to finish in each race, as well as plenty of great prizes on the day.
There are two camping zones, please specify which you would like to book in when buying your ticket on Quicket. The general camping zone, family camping and Glamping.
Ablutions available for each. Get there early to secure yourself a good camp spot.
There are 50 beds available on the farm. All accommodation on the guest farm are booked through the venue itself:
There are 10 glamping tents availiable at R1900 per person. Glapming includes:
- Event entry
- Long or short course trail entry
- All activities
- Tent & mattress (bring your own bedding)
- Mini kitchenette (exclusivity to glampers only)
- Separate ablutions
More accommodation is available in Vanrhynsdorp 23km away.
Visit http://tourism.matzikamamun.co.za/town_info.php?town_id=7 for all accommodation available in town.