Spring is blooming marvellous in the Cape – From Namaqualand to the Karoo, the succulents and Cape Fynbos transform the veld and mountains after the winter rains.
The flowers start blooming earlier on the West Coast near Springbok – July/August is usually the best viewing time, whereas closer to Cape Town near the West Coast National Park, the flowers peak August/September. In the Karoo, the flowers bloom September/October.
Most flowers only open properly once the temperature rises to more than 15°C. They are at their best between 12:00 and 15:00. Make sure the sun is behind you when viewing the flowers, as they orientate towards the sun.
Great places for viewing flowers include: The Biedouw Valley in the Cederberg, the Namaqua National Park, the Citrusdal area, Posberg Nature Reserve in the West Coast National Park, Table Mountain National Park, the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve,
If you can’t get to a park, gardens such as Kirstenbosch National Botancial Garden, The Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden, Harold Porter National Botanical Garden and The Clanwilliam Flower Show offer great flower experiences.
Places to stay: Try Waterfall Farm in the Cederberg or the cottages at Churchhaven in the West Coast Reserve or if you want a hotel, then Bushman’s Kloof and Papkuilsfontein are good choices. Venture into the Karoo to the Kliphuis. The national parks have accommodation in the flower reserves – go to www.sanparks.org.za or www.capenature.co.za for more information.