5 Must-See Spots During Cape Floral Season
Plan your Western Cape roadtrip to coincide with the Cape floral season coming into bloom, and head out and smell the flowers.
With vibrant colours popping up over landscapes and a sweet scent in the air, we know it's springtime. This season is probably most pronounced in the Western Cape, where a range of wild flowers take over fields, dunes and wetlands for just a few weeks every year. It may be unbe(leaf)able that the once dry Cape landscape (we're all so grateful for this year's rainfall that saw the Cape escape its drought) is still able to transform into a floral haven, but the proof is in the petals.
The blooming season has just begun (it runs from mid August until the end of September) and is not to be missed. The West Coast flower region is home to more than 1200 flower species, so pack the whole family into the car for a bucket-list roadtrip that will have you all twirling through the fields.
We have found you five must-visit spots across the Western Cape to locate.
1. Postberg Flower Reserve
Located in the West Coast National Park, the Postberg Flower Reserve showcases an array of flowers - from the stark white rain daisy to the bright purple Sporrie and much more. The reserve is only open to the public during August and September and lucky visitors may also spot the wild game endemic to the area. Just 1.5 hours from Cape Town, it is the ideal weekend day trip. Visitors are required to fill in an indemnity form upon entering the reserve, which can be found on SANParks website. There is an entry fee into the national park during flower season.
Address: West Coast
Entry fee: South African residents (with proof of ID) R83 per adult and R42 per child. For SADC nationals it will cost R127 per adult and R63 per child. The standard conservation entrance fee for other visitors is R186 per adult and R93 per child.
In the Western Cape of South Africa a couple of Bat-eared Foxes hunt in the blossoming savannah of the West Coast National Park’s Postberg Nature Reserve, an area only open during the flower bloom. #postbergsection #flowerbloom #flowerblooms #westcoastnationalparkflowers #westcoastnationalpark #batearedfoxes #batearedfox #lorenharrislovestravel #foxes #fox #southafrica #westerncape #wildlife #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #nature #flowerstagram #flowers #mammal #westerncapewildlife #flowerphotography #naturelovers #wildlifesouthafrica #safari #southafricanwildlife #wildlife_vision #wildlife_shots #wildlife_captures #wildlife_photography #wildlifeonearth
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2. Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Situated in the Kleinriver Mountains of Hermanus, Fernkloof Nature Reserve is just over two hours out of Cape Town. The nature reserve protects the coastal vegetation, fynbos and the small section of evergreen forests found on the grounds. Visitors are welcomed by the botanical gardens at the entrance of the reserve, where they will find beds of indigenous plants, a protea garden, a large area of ericas, Agapanthus and more. A range of walking trails are available, covering 60km of the reserve.
The Hermanus Botanical Society is hosting the Hermanus Flower Festival from 21 - 24 September at Fernkloof Nature Reserve. Entrance to the event is R25 per person (free for children under 10). Pensioners will receive a discount on 23 September: R10 per person. Tickets are available on Quicket. Entry into the reserve is usually free of charge but donations are welcomed.
Entry fee: Free
3. Cape Columbine Nature Reserve
The Cape Columbine Nature Reserve is located near Paternoster and Tietiesbaai. Declared a nature reserve in 1973, it covers 263 hectares and, during August and September, its rocky terrain is covered in an abundance of wildflowers. Visitors can also view various fynbos species and Karoo succulents. The reserve is also renowned for its ideal whale- and dolphin-spotting lookout points near the shore. Other activities at the reserve include hiking, kayaking and bird-watching. The driving distance from Cape Town is just over two hours.
Entry fee: R25
4. Renosterveld Reserve
Established to maintain and preserve the local endemic flowers which appear at the end of winter, the Renosterveld Reserve forms a large part of the annual Darling Wildflower Show (taking place this year from 20 - 22 September). The reserve is named after the Renosterbos shrub (or rhinoceros bush), which can be found all across the 20 hectares of land. There's a wide range of wildflowers such as kapokbos and bellendini to be found along the reserve's circular walkway. Wear a sturdy pair of shoes for the walk, as the terrain isn't always smooth. That Renosterveld Reserve is just an hour from Cape Town makes it a quick and easy Sunday drive. Visitors might be rewarded with the additional bonus of spotting a red-bellied tortoise.
Entry fee: Free
Gazania krebsiana (Gousblom) growing at Haarwegskloof Renosterveld Reserve #gazania #gazaniakrebsiana #daisies #asteraceae #plants #yellowflowers #plantsofinstagram #plantsofsouthafrica #springinthecape #springflowers #overbergrenosterveld #overberg #renosterveld #renosterveldreserve #endangeredvegetation #fynbos #capefloralkingdom @overbergrenosterveld
5. Tienie Versfeld Wildflower Reserve
An abundance of Sandveld flowers can be found on the unploughed grounds of the Tienie Versfeld Wildflower Reserve. Located just outside Darling en route to Yzerfontein, the reserve is open all year, but warrants a special visit during the Cape floral season in order to admire its beautiful bulbs. Due to the different veld types here, the range of flowers is really diverse. These include butterfly lilies and chincherinchee, making up part of Darling's abundant floral vegetation - more than 10 percent of the plants in the Cape Floral Kingdom can be found in the area. Just one hour's drive from Cape Town, you'll find us there often.
Entry fee: Free