It’s been a cold and wet winter in Cape Town, but we’ve already started planning for the spring flowers. After winter rains comes sunshine, turning the veld from semi-arid, almost dull brown, to a carpet of colour dazzling the eyes until the horizon.
Botanists and other plant enthusiasts will venture far into the northern cape to explore the veld and roadsides. Hunched over, eyes peeled to the ground, stopping every few minutes to exclaim, they will examine, identify, and photograph, the many different flowers that cover the ground. Those with less passion but great admiration, in other words, almost everyone in Cape Town, will take at last one day to venture up the west coast to see the spectacle near Langebaan. If you say, “Let’s go and see the flowers”, everyone knows what you’re talking about.
What do we have planned for the flower season?
The West Coast National Park
We have a few day trips scheduled to this magnificent little reserve. Wrapped around a lagoon with sandy beaches and amazing birdlife, the reserve flowers come to life in August and September. The private section is open to the public for these two months and that’s where we’ll see antelopes, zebras and ostriches prancing and frolicking among the daisies and vytjies. We go every year several times and yet we’re getting excited already at the thought of visiting again. There is still time to book a visit with us so don’t hesitate to contact us.
Food and wine and spring flowers
A personal visit with a friend to show him our favourite Paternoster guesthouse – Ah! Guesthouse. This is a real treat. Ah! is situated in the quieter part of Paternoster, offers all the comforts of understated comfort and luxury, and the best kept secret is that the owner is a chef who creates gourmet heaven while you watch. A meal here is not just food, it is an entire experience to be appreciated and savoured. Even breakfast is a delight of creations that remind us this is indeed the most important meal of the day. Needless to say, we’ll include a visit to the West Coast National Park on the way up.
Flower tour with plant lovers
We’ll be taking a classic 10-night trip with botanist clients, making a loop from Cape Town to the Cederberg via Clanwilliam, then Nieuwoudsville, up to Springbok, Lamberts Bay and down the coast to Paternoster, Langebaan, Darling, and back to Cape Town. The variety of spring flowers will change as we travel with uch hope for the Namaqua National Park and its carpets of single colours.
A shorter trip will take us into the Swartland with a group of wine lovers who want to explore winelands beyond Stellenbosch. This region is also blessed in spring – in addition to roadside flowers there are the dazzling yellow canola fields as far as the eye can see.
Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
The Cape Peninsula itself will be a spring show with roadsides and mountains covered with colour. Cape Point nature reserve comes into its own at this bountiful time. This is when we make a point to not miss all the side roads and lesser-known corners of the reserve to see what is coming up. Some sections experienced fire last year so it will be especially exciting to see what spring flowers are coming up now.