Nieuwoudtville, Northern Cape, South Africa

Nieuwoudtville, Northern Cape, South Africa.

This isolated town, about 50km off the N7 and just over 300km north of Cape Town, is best known for its spring flowers. It is a pretty town, with lovely stone houses. Nieuwoudtville is surrounded four different vegetation areas: the Hantam, Bushmanland, the Knersvlakte and Namaqualand.

The picturesque town of Nieuwoudtville came into being in 1897 and is famous for its spectacular wild flowers during spring. These spring flowers include many rare bulbs unique to the area. Nieuwoudtville has the richest concentration of bulb species in the world.

The nearby Waterval Alleen Waterfall drops sheer into a steep-sided gorge. The waterfall is 5km from Nieuwoudtville on the tarred road to Loeriesfontein. The main fall is 30 metres high and the gorge boasts an interesting array of plant and bird species. Nesting Booted and Black Eagles, Gymnogene, Lanner Falcons and Black Stork have been observed here.

To the north and south of Nieuwoudtville are some of the most spectacular ruins in South Africa. These magnificent ruins are the remains of the homesteads and outbuildings of the early pioneers and farmers who settled in the Nieuwoudtville area. The ruins are visible from the road if travelling out onto the northern and southern sections of the Bokkeveld Plateau.