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VAN ZIJL GUESTHOUSE
in Nieuwoudtville

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Nieuwoudtville and the Bokkeveld Plateau is the Bulb Capital of the world. Nieuwoudtville is not just about flowers. Actually it is about an amazing bio-diversity and an area which ecologically has been left relatively unspoilt.

Nieuwoudtville:

  • ...is a mayor destination in this part of South Africa
  • ...is an ideal stopover for tourists travelling North or South
  • ...should be visited not just during flower season but throughout the year

Your host is Hendrik Van Zijl who has good knowledge of the areaand an extensive library.

Guesthouses

  • Hendrikshof sleeps 6 in three double rooms.
  • Bokveld sleeps 8 in four double rooms.
  • Die Waenhuis sleeps 4 in two double rooms.
  • Môreson sleeps 4 in two double rooms.
  • The Greendoor sleeps 2.
  • Piet se Huis sleeps 2.
  • Katstert sleeps 2.

The guest houses are beautifully restored, they are traditional sandstone buildings typical of the architecture and stonemasonry of Nieuwoudtville. Van Zijl Guest Houses are open throughout the year.

All the guest houses, except for The Greendoor, are equipped for self-catering ( self contained ). Bear in mind that it is highly recommended that you indulge yourself in the country cuisine served by your host, Hendrik Van Zijl, at his Smidswinkel Restaurant.

The Smidswinkel Restaurant & Information Centre is located in a large sandstone building which, many years ago, was occupied by the last blacksmith at Nieuwoudtville.

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Nieuwoudtville

Locals fondly refer to Nieuwoudtville in the Namaqualand as “the jewel of the Hantam” and among plant-lovers it is known as “the bulb capital” of the world. Apart from the stunning display of wild flowers during the springtime in Namaqualand, Nieuwoudtville has almost 309 species of geophytes, almost 4 or 5 times more than the Mediterranean, California or Western Australia. In addition, the area around Nieuwoudtville in the Namaqualand boasts more than 63 species of ants, 200 species of bees and wasps, 44 species of reptiles, 200 species of birds, as well as mammals such as leopards. You will see clear evidence of porcupine diggings in Nieuwoudtville. Whereas these little animals were seen as pests in earlier years, their unique role in the ecosystem is now recognised.

Although the area was inhabited by Khoi-San people for many hundreds of years, the first settlers only arrived here in 1730. They preferred this area because of the unique sandstone formations – sandstone made the area well-drained in winter (no soggy marshes for wagons or cattle to deal with) and provided springs of fresh water during the hot summers. In addition, the settlers also used the sandstone for building purposes and there are many buildings in Nieuwoudtville that date from this period.

Nieuwoudtville is perhaps most well-known for the Namaqualand spring wild flower and abundance of bulbs, but the Nieuwoudtville waterfall in the Doring River is a spectacular sight after the rains have fallen in July. The area surrounding Nieuwoudtville has spectacular dolorite rock formations and there are many glacial rock striations dating from the Permian era of 280 million years ago. The Oorlogskloof offers many opportunities for rock climbing, while Khoisan rock paintings can be seen at the Papkuilsfontein farm. Nieuwoudtville has two 4-day hiking trails, as well as two 1-day walks, a 4x4 route, the Rooibos Heritage Route, Rietjieshut Cultural Tours, cycling, star gazing, as well as paragliding.

The Van Zijl Guesthouses offer a collection of impeccably restored cottages for varying numbers of guests. This is the ideal base from where to discover the hidden treasures of Nieuwoudtville in the Namaqualand.