The Amazing Biedouw Valley in Spring


We left Hermanus on Wednesday morning, intending to take the direct route via Wuppertal to the Biebouw Valley, but the weather was foul, with a very strong north-wester blowing, so we ended up driving straight to Clanwilliam instead. The overcast conditions would have meant that any flowers would have remained closed.

It was a wise decision as the weather never let up at all. We checked into our cottage at Boskloof Swemgat, some 15 km SE of Clanwilliam, and it promised to be a comfortable night, but what little light there was went out with a power cut at eight o’clock, so we had a bath and went to bed!

Thursday morning was clear and fine! We set off over the beautiful Pakhuis pass en route to the Biedouw Valley. Everything looked good, but there were still very few massed flowers around. All that changed as we went down the…

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~Friday’s Feathered Friends

Wolf Song Blog

Our weather has been hot. And, with the fires in the area, it has been miserable for the birds.

Western Scrub-Jay

On a more positive note, the Hummingbirds have been handing around to “fuel up” for their southern migration.

Female Broad-tailed Humer

Female House Finch

I sure hope we get some clear skies and cooler weather soon.

Happy Birding!

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Some Papkuilsfontein Spring Flowers


Apart from the myriads of Namaqualand daisies that cover the fields at Papkuilsfontein in Spring, there are many other species of flowering plants. Of course, the area is also noted for its spectacular displays of Brunsvigias, but that would require an Autumn visit.

I am no botanist, so please bear with me if there are some errors in the naming of the images below! For those who don’t know, a papkuil is a bulrush (Typha capensis) but I have no picture of it!

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Papkuilsfontein – A veritable Garden on the Bokkeveld Plateau


For those of you who don’t know it, Papkuilsfontein is a farm 25km south of Nieuwoudtville, and it is endowed with more of the most wonderful spring flowers anyone could ever wish to see. We have visited there on many occasions, but none were better then our two day stay last week, when we were housed in the beautiful De Hoop cottage, in the midst of the most magnificent fields of flowering Bulbine.

We had driven up the R364 from the Biedouw Valley on Thursday and were impressed with some of the flowers along the route (these appear in my Biedouw Valley post) and by the time we reached Papkuilsfontein, things did not look that great, however, a change was in store! Alri greeted us with her usual enthusiasm, albeit tempered by the Covid regulations, and we set of on a drive to the north of the main house, where…

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Flowers of the Biedouw Valley area


Whilst the fields of massed daisies are the most spectacular sights in the area, the individual flowers are wonderful as well and one is amazed at the colourful variety. Naming them is another problem and we spent much time poring over our reference books.

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