Cape Town - Nothing mirrors the promise of spring like Mother Nature’s own floral explosion as the Cape’s wild flowers burst into colour each spring.
In Cape Town, highway verges, road islands and green parks show off their own seasonal signals with arum lilies, disas and daisies.
From a day out to a weekend trip or extended stay; Cape Town and her surrounding flower-gazing fields are the perfect place to spend time in nature this August and September.
With such a limited window of opportunity, it’s best to go sooner rather than later, before the rolling hills of colour disappear ahead of summer.
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Where to see the best floral displays
SANParks Sights of Interest
Flower Season at SANParks peaks during August and September. Some of the featured viewing sites include Agulhas, Bontebok, Namaqua, Tankwa Karoo and West Coast Park.
A two hour drive from Cape Town, will take you into the heart of the West Coast National Park, one of SANParks’ favourite viewing sites amongst locals. You may not be the only one with the idea but there are lots of great spots to lunch at and explore in the area, so make a day of it.
The Postberg section of West Coast National Park is open only during flower season and Geelbek Restaurant creates lovely picnic baskets to order.
Cost: Depending on which park you visit, you can expect to pay between R30 and R50 for adults and R15 to R30 for children
Check out the SANParks website for details.
In the Cape Town Area
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
The well-known Cape Town tourist attraction hosts two daily walks, at 10:00 and 14:00 from Monday to Friday. There is an additional walk on Tuesdays at 11:00 and one walk on Saturdays at 10:00.
Led by The Botanical Society's volunteer garden guides, each walk is adapted to meet the interests of the group. Walks are free but the garden entrance fee applies.
The latest addition to the garden, a 130m long Tree Canopy Walkway, also known as the Boomslang, can also be enjoyed while at Kirstenbosch at no additional cost.
Cost: R45 for adults, R25 for students and R10 for children
Check out the Sanbi website for more details.
The Vineyard Hotel in Newlands
Home to a two and half hectare botanical garden, the picturesque hotel offers daily Garden Walks with horticulturist and environmentalist Chris Van Zyl. They start at 09:30 and last about 90 minutes.
Cost: R60 per person.
Check out The Vineyard Hotel website for more details
Up the West Coast
Hopefield Fynbos Show
Taking place on the last weekend of August each year at the Hopefield Sports Club, the flower show draws hundreds of beauty-seeking tourists on an annual basis.
Located right on the banks of the Zout River, approximately 120kms from Cape Town along the R45 route, this destination creates the ultimate journey on which you are likely to spot carpets of flowers under the sun.
Cost: R20 for adults, R15 for pensioners and R5 for children under the age of 12.
Contact Lizelle at Hopefield Tourism for more information 022 723 1720/022 783 0856 or visit their website
Clanwilliam Flower Show
The show opens on Thursday 28 August, and runs until 6 September 2014. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Opening times are from 09:00 to 18:00 daily.
Cost: R30 per adult, R25 for pensioners and R5 for children
Visit the Clanwilliam website for more information.
Photo: Paul Colyn
Darling Wildlfower Show
Come rain or shine, the 97th Darling Wildflower Show will take place from the 19 to 21 September 2014 at the Darling Club, where one can expect to see diverse vegetation displays of about 1 200 species.
Cost: Adults pay R 40, while pensioners and children pay R 25
More info: Darling Wildflower Show website
To receive up to date information on some of the best sites in the West Coast area, contact the West Coast Flowerline on 071 320 7146 from 08:00 to 20:00, Monday to Sunday.
In the Cape Overberg
Cape Floral Kingdom Expo 2014
The expo takes place from 28 to 31 August at the Mega Park in Bredasdorp with a display of endangered wildlife flowers under 10 000m of cover. There will be workshops and seminars, and tickets are available via Computicket.
Cost: R100 per person
The HermanusBotanical Society Flower Festival 2014
Head to the Whale Coast capital from Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 September to experience a eye-popping display at the Fernkloof Nature Reserve.
The theme for this year will be Plant Explorers, Then and Now. See hundreds of local flowers with some flower bunches and plants available for purchase. Craft, food stalls and kid-friendly activities will have you staying longer.
Cost: Entrance per adult is R 20 and children under twelve go free
More info: Hermanus Festivals website
Harold Porter National Botanical Garden
Located in the coastal fynbos region of Betty’s Bay, the botanical garden is renowned for its waterfalls and amber pools.
Visit now to see the garden at its lush and blooming best.
Cost: R20 for adults, R12 for seniors and students, R8 for learners, children under 6 get in free
Check out the Sanbi website for more details about Harold Porter.
Rocking the Daisies
Just missing the wild-flowers? You can rock your own daisies at the Cape’s sell-out annual music festival; Rocking the Daisies on Cloof Wine Farm, Darling. This year the festival happens from 2-5 October 2014. The line-up of local bands includes the Rudimentals, Jeremy Loops, Arno Carstens and Francois van Coke – plus many more on multiple stages. You won’t have to rough it either; Heartbreak Motel offers pre-arranged camping and Daisies Food Village has plenty of gourmet festival food.
Don’t hesitate to book, tickets are selling out fast. Follow #RTD2014 to track all the news
For customised tours of Cape Town’s scenic landscape including vegetation tours, you can contact one of the following operators: