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Papkuilsfontein Farm
Papkuilsfontein Farm
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Papkuilsfontein Farm is situated about 25 km south of Nieuwoudtville. It borders the Namakwaland, Hantam Karoo, Bokkeveld, Boesmanland and the Knersvlakte. At just over 400km's drive from Cape Town and about 52 km east of Vanrhynsdorp and the N7, it is in easy reach.

The farm has a long conservation history and is very supportive of  allowing researchers access to the farm. The farm is best known for the variety of wetlands that it supports, from fresh water springs, a long valley bottom, extensive seep wetlands and several pans. These are of high biodiversity significance supporting many endangered plant species. During early spring, vast fields of flowers cover the veld and a slow walk through these fields will provide excellent photographic opportunities and an impressive species list.

Flowers appear from late March to October, but peak in August and September, depending on the winter rainfall levels. The farm is well know for it's fields of Yellow Bulbinella (Bulbinella latifolia), Rock Art, Waterfall and gorge. It has a 4x4 trail and also offers farm tours (by arrangement). The farm has several accommodation options. The farm has recorded over 146 species of birds and the local specials include Verauxs (Black) Eagle, African Black Harrier and Ludwig's Bustard.


Best Time to Photograph
Sunrise to capture landscapes.
Midday to late afternoon for the flowers when in season.
Type of Photography
  • Landscape
  • Birds
  • Cultural
  • Macro
  • Agricultural
Best Time of Year
Photographic Tips
This is a great site to photograph the spring flowers (August-September). The farm is well know for its fields of Yellow Bulbinella's that make for stunning landscape photography when in full bloom. The farm also has several old buildings and ruins.
Recommended Gear
Tripod and cable release
Flash for flowers in bright sun
Gloves (for the frosty mornings)
Wide angle and macro lens


Site Highlights
Flowers in spring
Spectacular Waterfall
Rock Art
Farm Tours
Excellent Restaurant


Season and Weather
Spring (August-September)in the Northern Cape is a great time to visit. It is however, still quite cold in the evenings and early mornings, so go prepared.This is low rainfall area with 50-125 mm per year in winter (May - September). Temperatures can vary considerably. Summers are very hot and winter nights can be bitingly cold, often experiencing light frost.
Other Activities
  • 4x4
  • Mountain Biking
  • Hiking
  • Star Gazing


Closest Town
Getting There
Take the R357 south out of Niewoudville. Turn right at the Junction. The Papkuilsfontein entrance is on your right.
R357 South out of Niewoudville


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Arne Purves
Author: Arne PurvesWebsite: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Arne's passion for the environment, wildlife and conservation was instilled from an early age, leading to a career in nature conservation, first as a game ranger in the Natal Parks Board, a conservation officer with CapeNature and today in the City of Cape Town's Environmental Compliance Department. Photography is his creative medium of choice.