Each spring the Western Cape is transformed into a wildflower wonderland. For a few weeks from about mid-August till end-September the landscape is scattered with beautifully coloured blooms. They last until the deadly summer heat descends and turn the hills into plain brown fields.
On a clear, sunny day you can drive a short distance out of Cape Town to be mesmerized by nature’s own art gallery. The following are a few of the best spots around the city to go hunt the natural beauty. On an overcast day the flowers will hide their pretty faces, so best to travel when the sun is out.
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Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town is a must visit, and it is looking so beautiful right now. The Protea gardens are full of bright coloured blooming pincushions, attracting many birds. The daisies are also blooming, and the lawns are green. 🌺 #cityofcapetown #capetownmag #kaapstadmag #kaapstad #capetown #fynbos #protea #pincushion #thisissouthafrica #southafricaza #southafrica #kirstenboschgardens #kirstenbosch #houtbay #constantia #airbnb #superhost #visitcapetown #gardens #naturelovers #birdwatching
Distance: about 20 minutes from the city centre
This is the easiest option to see the flowers. Nestled against the Eastern slopes of Table Mountain, this amazing botanical garden will take your breath away. The 36-hectare garden is the first in the world that is specifically dedicated to indigenous flora.
It is also ranked no. 6 on National Geographic’s list of Top 10 Picnic Spots in the world. Take in the splendour of pincushion proteas, Daisies, and of course the famous fynbos. Hike up to the Boomslang to view the spring display from a higher vantage point.
Entry fee: R65 (adults) | R35 (South African students with valid student card)
R15 (children, 6 – 17 years) | Free (children, 0 – 6 years; BotSoc members on presentation of membership card)
Free on Tuesdays (South African senior citizens with valid ID, except on public holidays)
#2 Postberg And West Coast National Park
Distance: about 1 hour and 50 minutes
The West Coast National Park is a popular destination every year for flower hunters. During the peak flower months of August and September, the Postberg area is open for the most amazing undisturbed floral display. You will be greeted by magriets, sporries, and Daisies.
While driving through the park, look out for tortoises and snakes crossing the road, plus zebra and buck lazily grazing. You can explore the area by car, on foot, or with a mountain bike.
Fun fact: walk in the footsteps of Eve, a young woman reported to have lived in the area 117 000 years ago. The Eve’s Trail is a special two-and-a-half-day hike meandering through the park.
Entry fee: During flower season, August – September.
R76 (SA citizens and residents with ID) | R38 (children)
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#3 The Renosterveld Reserve
Distance: Around 1 hour
This area you can explore for free. It is located above the Darling Primary School. The 20-hectare flower reserve offers you endless fields of spring flowers including vygies, kapokbos, bellendini, and renosterbos. Keep an eye out for the cute little red-bellied tortoises. It’s also a great spot for bird-watching. There is a circular hiking route that you can follow around the reserve.
Fun fact: The Versveld family donated the land to the community in 1958.
#4 Tienie Versfeld Wildflower Reserve
Distance: about 1 hour and 10 minutes
You can also stop at this reserve for free. It’s located on the R315 on the way to Darling. The varying topography makes it perfect for a wide range of flowers. You can see about 10% of the Cape Floral Kingdom in one go here. Enjoy the beautiful chincherinchee, lachenalia, and Butterfly lilies. The area is also great for game-spotting, bird-watching, hiking, and picnics.
Fun fact: the reserve was named after Oom Tienie or Marthinus Versveld who donated a part of his farm to create the reserve.
#5 Harold Porter Botanical Garden
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If you are in Cape Town visiting the Stony Point Penguin Colony in Betty's Bay, why not make a stop at the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden to enjoy stunning waterfalls and amber pools. #goselfdrivetours #capetown #waterfall #bettysbay #haroldporterbotanicalgardens
Distance: about 1 hour and 30 minutes
This one is located on the side of the Cape Town coastline, towards Hermanus. Travel on the N2 and take the R44 to find this mesmerizing garden. Tucked away between mountains and the beach, it has stunning little waterfalls and pools to explore. Perfect for a leisurely Saturday or Sunday outing!
Fun zigzag paths were created by the garden’s namesake, Harold Porter. The expansive garden has all things indigenous to marvel at including orchids, daisies, and stunning proteas. While you’re in the area, stop at the penguin colony close by. If you’re lucky you might also spot a whale.
Entry fee: R25 (adults) | R15 (seniors and students with a valid student card)
R10 (children, 7 – 17 years) | Free (children, 0 – 6 and BotSoc members)
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