Nothing speaks of spring more than fine flowers. The Western Cape is awash with floral displays and blooms during the months of August and September, with visitors flocking from all over the country to experience this explosion of colour.
While you can enjoy the Cape Town luxury of gorgeous scenery at any time of the year, if you want to see the Cape countryside at its best, head to these spectacular spots during the flower season:
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Located close to the city centre, there is always something on the go at the National Botanical Gardens, where the entire range of the Cape Floral kingdom is on permanent display. Concerts, informative exhibits and an elevated walkway add interest to this Garden of Eden year round, while the spring-blooming fynbos is a treat not to be missed.
Harold Porter National Botanical Garden
Further afield, about an hour’s drive from the city at Betty’s Bay, the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden features beautiful waterfalls, amber coloured pools, swathes of coastal fynbos and gorgeous mountain slopes.
Located 70 km from the Mother City, the Elgin Country club hosts an annual display of around 10 000 late bloomers every year during October and November, along with the opportunity to stroll among participating open gardens during this celebration.
For a floral fiesta second to none, take the 76 kilometre trip inland to Darling, one of south Africa’s most famous floral destinations, where you can witness around 1 200 species of flora in all their glory, and 80 types of plants that exist nowhere else on earth.
Clanwilliam is home to typical small town fascinations, including guided walks into the environment, quirky inventions, local theatre, rock art, fine food and fragrant rooibos tea.
A range of national parks dotted throughout the province offer opportunities for memorable excursions into the Cape Floral Kingdom. The West Coast National Park, Bontebok National Park, Agulhas Nature Reserve, and Namaqua National Park all offer excellent opportunities for enjoying nature’s abundance, along with the chance to spot some of the local wildlife at the same time.