6 - 8 September 2019
Join us at the Namaqualand Flower Festival for a wholesome weekend filled with dancing, singing, trail exploring and an unbelievable vibe. Experience a life of camping, dancing in the moonlight, singing to your heart’s content and losing yourself under the stars. You’ll laugh ’til it hurts, go on beautiful bush walks, learn traditional dances and explore the depths of culture and nature.
This will be our 12th year running. Yes, 12 epic years of frolicking in the flowers.
The Namaqualand Flower Festival is grounded in adventure, flowers, a love for the outdoors, an epic trail run and like-minded people keen to have a great time. You’ll gain insight into traditional dance, bushman paintings, botany, bees, conservation, foraging.
Connect with an epic community of nature lovers, trail runners and like-minded people who thrive on fresh air and incredible music.
GENERAL IDEA OF THE WEEKEND'S 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 fitness levels.
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 an unbelievable weekend packed with activity.
Gates open for registration: 11 am (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
- The morning offers 3 trail runs available for adventurous runners
- Challenging 20km (for experienced runners only)
- Scenic 9km trail
- A family fun 4km route
- Workshops (Beekeeping, traditional dancing)
- Nature walk with Jacques
- Open mic
- Bands start
- Silent disco by Secret Sunrise
TRY NOT TO LEAVE BEFORE PRIZE GIVING.
This is one of our favourite parts of the entire weekend and is something you’ll regret missing!
Take time to relax on Sunday morning, don’t rush. Let’s end off the weekend together with our traditional end of the festival prize-giving. You’ll leave 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 ENTRIES available for all ticket options ***
- Short Route Early Bird – R750
- Long Route Early Bird – R750
- General entry:
- Early Bird – R750
- Non-runners – R875
- Short Route – R875
- Long Route – R875
- Daisy Glamping Zone – R1900
- The trail run (If you’ve booked)
- All weekend access
- Camping (General camping zone) for the Friday and Saturday night
- Band and music and a cash bar on Saturday night
- Goodie bag on arrival
Glamping ticket option for those wanting a bit of comfort. This includes:
- A tent provided for you and set up prior to your arrival
- The area is up in a private spot above the rest of the camping areas
- A kitchenette area with stove and kettle provided
- Includes a run of your choice
- Goodie bag on arrival
- 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, a home station with fire, tea, coffee & personal service. Ready to rock on arrival.
THE TRAIL ROUTE
20KM – “The Long Route”:
For the weekend warrior! This trail has everything, swimming holes, steep descents, rocky technical trails, river crossings, hot sapping uphill slogs, sandy tracks. You have to fight for every inch:) But the reward – oh so worth it! The views, nature, flowers and ice cold beer at the finish.
There are 2 water points on the route, at 5km and 17km.
Please note – for experienced runners only. There is no walking on this trail. If you would like to walk please enter the 9km. It is just as scenic:)
9km “The Shorter Route”:
This trail takes you through some spectacular rock formations. In and out of caves and ancestral paintings. Surrounded by fresh air and amazing fauna and flora, you will not be disappointed! No waterpoints, but we have you covered at the finish:)
4km “The Fun Run”:
A fun yet challenging trail. Following a shorter 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. All welcome. Please accompany anyone under 6 years old on this trail.
Namaqualand Flower Fest
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 (tabletop 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.
SURVIVING THE NAMAQUALAND FLOWER FESTIVAL:)
The Namaqualand Flower Festival is set in a biodiversity hotspot with no less than 6 endemic species of plant life in the area. Because of this, 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 marked area, 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 years.
- No destruction or defacing of any plant or animal life.
- Absolutely no polluting the rivers or 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 the 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 for various “categories” on Sunday.
NAMAQUALAND FLOWER FESTIVAL ACCOMMODATION
There are three camping zones, please specify which you would like to book when buying your ticket on Quicket. The options are:
- General camping zone
- Family camping
Ablutions are available for each camping zone. Get there early to secure yourself a good camping spot. Camping is included in your ticket price. Cool, hey? 🙂
There are 50 beds available on the farm. All accommodation on the guest farm is booked through the venue itself:
There are 10 glamping tents available at R1900 per person. Glamping 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 HERE for all accommodation available in town.