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.
Spring begins March 20. From a day out to a weekend trip or extended stay; Cape Town and the surrounding flower-gazing fields are the perfect place to spend time with nature this Spring.
With such a limited window of opportunity, it’s best to go sooner than later, before the rolling hills of colour disappear ahead of summer.
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.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Led by The Botanical Society’s volunteer garden guides, each walk is adapted to meet the interests of the group. Walks are free but there is an entrance fee to the 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 and one walk on Saturdays. 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.
Worcester Wildflowers: August – September 2014
In the Karoo Desert National Botanic Gardens you will admire Namaqualand daisies in bloom and the magical koekerboom trees which are a must see when in Southern Africa too, so make sure you plan a visit of this beautiful landscaped botanical gardens when you live in Cape Town as it is only one hour away by car (120km north of Cape Town).
Hopefield Fynbos Show
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. 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.
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.
A Few other Flower shows that you can visit are:
- Clanwilliam Flower Show
- The HermanusBotanical Society Flower Festival
- Darling Wildlfower Show
Check out Heritage’s Bloom Calendar to see when your favorite flowers, trees and plants are in bloom.