Bulb Capital of the World
Nieuwoudtville is a small town in the Northern Cape, not far from Calvinia and Vanrhynsdorp, and approximately a three hour drive from Cape Town. It is a place where the experience of silence, space and stars contribute to a tranquil way of life.
Nieuwoudtville comes alive during the wildflower season between August and November when bulbs, known as geophytes, of every description bloom in the area around town, rain dependent. It has a reputation as the bulb capital of the world. Nieuwoudtville is uniquely placed in the Karoo plains known as the Bokkeveld, where the Hantam Karoo meets Cape Fynbos and so offers visitors an abundance of outdoor activities from hiking and mountain bike trails to bird watching and flower farm visits. The Nieuwoudtville Waterfall is considered one of the most beautiful in the country and the Hantam Botanical Gardens is well worth a visit.
Other attractions include the Neo-Gothic Sandstone Church (National Monument), local Historical Sandstone Ruins, abundant Rock Art and a wonderful opportunity to star gaze – light pollution in Niuewoudtville is minimal. A short trip to Loeriesfontein to visit the Windmill Museum is also a great addition on your to do list!
Nieuwoudtville and the surrounds off accommodation at Guest Farms and B&B’s. Caravan and camping is also a popular activity in the area.
Places to Visit
Things to do and see
- Vanrhyns Pass
- Cape Flower Route
- Nieuwoudtville Waterfall
- Glacial Pavement
- Protea Garage Motors
- Hantam National Botanical Gardens
- Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve
- Oorlogskloof Rock Pigeon Hiking Trail
- Oorlogskloof Papkuilsfontein MTB Trail
- Quiver Tree Forest
Nieuwoudtville receives approximately 245 mm of rain annually with most rainfall occurring during Autumn and Winter.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 14˚C and 31˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 3˚C and 17˚C.
The Khoi San inhabited this area for many centuries before the first settlers arrived in about 1730, and local rock art in Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve and on farms around Nieuwoudtville bear witness to an ancient culture that once flourished here. During this period vast herds of game periodically roamed the plains of the Bokkeveld Plateau from where it derived its name (Antelope Plateau).
In the late 1700's wild herds had been replaced by large herds of sheep and cattle belonging to the settlers. The early settlers established themselves close to the present town of Nieuwoudtville at Groenrivier and Willemsrivier, where the first formal church building still stands.
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