There is a magical time along the pristine West Coast when every coastal town and inland village, mountains and fields are ablaze as an endless, kaleidoscope of wild flowers burst, almost simultaneously, into full bloom.
The natural phenomenon of flower season along the Cape West Coast in the Western Cape draws thousands of visitors from around the country and from around the world, between August and September each year; but, the wild flowers have been known to bloom as early as July and as late as October, depending on weather conditions.
Flower season can be fully enjoyed by combining one or more destinations. To experience the most remarkable displays of the season, flower enthusiasts should visit Postberg within the West Coast National Park, where 80 species of flowering plants are endemic to the region and found nowhere else in the world.
Velddrif and surrounding towns Aurora, Elands Bay and Redelinghuys are year- round destinations with special highlights being the flower season. Meander along the various country roads for surprise flower finds.Spring flowers at Draaihoek Lodge.
Budding botanists won’t be disappointed at the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, the private reserves around Darling and Hopefield, and the annual local wild flower shows at Clanwilliam, Hopefield or Darling.
Flower season brings a wealth of beauty – spring starts with drifts of white rain daisies and tiny yellow button daisies, blue flax and pink nemesias. The spectacular Cederberg, Groot Winterhoek- and Matzikamma mountains, and the arid beauty of the Knersvlakte and Hardeveld, become covered in carpets of daisies, yellow gansogies, felicias, nemesias and vygies in between. Sheltering between the taller plants are gems like winecups, sparaxis, lachenalias and babianas.
Annual flower season Shows & Events
Langebaan Postberg Nature Reserve Opens — 1 Aug 2014 — Tel: 022 772 2144
Hopefield Fynbos Show — 28-31 Aug 2014 — Tel: 022 723 1720
Clanwilliam Flower Show — 28 Aug – 5 Sep 2014 — Tel: 027 482 2024
Langebaan Feathers, Flowers & Fossil Weekend — Aug 2014 — Tel: 022 783 0385
Darling Duckitt Nurseries Orchid Show — 19-21 Sept 2014 — Tel: 022 492 2606
Darling Wildflower Show — 16-18 Sept 2012 — Tel: 022 492 3361
Maps of the coastal and inland flower routes are available from tourism information offices in the various towns. Enquire about guided tours that are also available during flower season.