The fields are still flowering with the beginning of spring. Tag a friend you would go frolicking in the fields with this weekend.
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Canola produces small yellow flowers, making a vibrant magical scene. The Canola fields in the Western Cape offers a picturesque landscape during the months of August to September as the farmlands become a patchwork of bright yellow flowers. Many people visit the rolling Canola fields to witness the blooming Canola flowers and to take Instagram-worthy pictures.
Do you want to know where to find some of the best Canola Fields in and Around Cape Town?
Along The N2 Highway
Some of the best Canola fields can be found all along the N2 Highway between Bot River/Hermanus and Mosel Bay near the Garden Route. This includes towns along the N2 like Riversondereende, Caledon, Onrus, Botriver, Swellendam and Riversdale.
As you drive along the N2 you will see these picturesque fields on the side of the road and you will be able to choose the best ones that capture your fancy. Please be aware that the Canola is grow on private farms and that you may be trespassing while wondering through the fields looking for those great photos.
Rather check with the farmer before rampaging through their fields and damaging their crops.
Another fantastic area to see these beautiful Canola fields is an area just outside of Cape Town called Tulbagh. The road to Tulbagh and Citrusdal is often framed by beautiful yellow in SouthAfrica’s spring months. So head down the N7 or R44 and keep your eyes out for that instagram worthy field.
Namaqualand Wild Flowers
Canola is a variant of the ancient crop rapeseed and a member of the Brassica family which includes broccoli, cabbage, mustard, cauliflower, turnip, and radish. It is one of the most important agricultural crops today. The crop is grown for the seeds found in its pod. The Canola oil extracted from the seeds is used in making margarine, cooking oils, salad oils, and edible oil blends. The oil is low in saturated fat and contains both Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids. After the oil extraction, the by-product of Canola is used by livestock growers as a protein-rich meal to feed cows, horses, sheep, pigs, and chickens.
These yellow flowers do not only attract people from Cape Town, but also attract bees and birds. In fact, the Canola fields in the Western Cape serve as a major breeding ground for South Africa’s national bird, the blue crane.
Some of the most photographic Canola fields in and around Cape Town are along the N2 highway between Onrus and Mosel Bay. This includes towns like Swellendam, Riversdale, Riversondereende, Onrus, Botriver and Stilbaai.
Another fantastic area is along the R44 towards Tulbagh.