Scenery is never a problem in Cape Town, but if you want to see the surrounding countryside at its best, book your Cape Town self-catering accommodation during the springtime.
Every year around this time, the fields of the West Coast are carpeted with the brilliant hues of wild flowers in bloom. Plan a day trip to the following spots if you want to lap up this beautiful sight.
West Coast National Park
The show is on from about mid-July in this protected area on the Cape coastline, about an hour’s drive from Cape Town. This is the only time that visitors are allowed into the Postberg section of the park, which also gives you a chance to explore some unfamiliar terrain if you’ve been to the WCNP before.
An added bonus is the opportunity to spot and photograph duiker, eland, zebra, bontebok, ostrich and other birds in this gorgeous environment. Pack a picnic or get one from the onsite Geelbek restaurant and spend some time admiring the view from one of the picnic spots in the park. With both seascapes and flowers surrounding you, it’s the ultimate place for some down-time.
Tankwa Karoo National Park
A little further along, the Tankwa Karoo National Park is about 4 hours’ drive inland. This large picturesque park is great as an add-on to your stay in Cape Town self-catering accommodation or for a weekend-break from the city scene during your holiday.
Here you can enjoy a tour by colours with yellow and white displays in the western section of the reserve and a colourful bouquet of oranges, reds, pinks and purples along the Roggeveld Escarpment. At the tips of these mountains, rare bulbous plants reveal their hiding places with dramatic bursts of colour. You’ll also see irises and orchids, and the endemic rooikatstert.
Darling Buds of Spring
While every tiny town along the way has its charms at this time of year, Darling stands out as the quaintest destination of all. This tiny rural community is renowned as the home of the unique Evita se Perron, run by enigmatic comedian, Pieter Dirk Uys.
Apart from amazing blossoms, you can enjoy some darling-hospitality, fascinating shops and good local fare during your visit.
Timing is Everything
The flowers of the West Coast are only open for business on sunny days, keeping their heads bowed when there’s heavy cloud cover.
With self-catering accommodation in Cape Town, you are free to shuffle your schedule around according to the weather. When clouds call, you can enjoy awesome alternative gloomy-day activities and get to see the spring flowers of the Cape another time.
Get in touch today to make the most of spring in Cape Town