Spring in Cape Town is heralded by a short but magnificent time in which wildflowers cover our dunes, fields, farms, and wetlands in carpets of vibrant yellow, deep purple, bright pink and pure white. Catch the indigenous Cape Floral action between September and October at one of these hotspots that all make for an idyllic day out in nature.
1. Kirstenbosch and Table Mountain National Park
While our most famous botanical garden needs no introduction, it’s a wonder to behold when in full bloom. Take a stroll through the daisies, watsonias, pincushion proteas and vygies (or mesembryanthemums) of every colour before settling down for a bit of wine and a picnic on the lawn, or spot of tea in one of the tea rooms.
If you’re heading up the mountain instead, Silvermine is where you can find a vast array of local flora, while Cape Point is equally as dressed to impress.
2. The Cape West Coast
Take the R27 road out past Blouberg and the fields around you will soon transform into an iridescent show of colour. Our protected Postberg Nature Reserve in the West Coast National Park is an oasis of unspoilt beauty, only open from August to September. Here you can expect to find not only daisies, sporries and magriets but also the wildlife who graze in and amongst them.
The reserve is also close to Langebaan where a fabulous (and quite shallow) lagoon awaits those who feel like cooling off with a dip in the ocean.
3. Clanwilliam and the Cederberg
This sleepy Cederberg town, famed for its fishing and water sports dam, hosts an annual flower show in the ‘Blomkerk’ (flower church) at the beginning of September in which the wildflowers are put on arresting display. The town’s wildflower garden can also be found in the Ramskop Nature Reserve, where you can also soak up views of the surrounding Cederberg mountains and dam below. Make sure to see the flowers between 11 and 3 as they close when the sun’s not out.
4. Darling and the Renosterveld Reserve
One of the oldest flower festivals in the province, the Darling Flower Show is on from 14 – 17 September this year. Enjoy the displays, and don’t forget to pay a visit to the Darling Brewery or Tannie Evita’s Coffee shop while you’re there. The 20-hectre reserve, located just above the primary school, is home some beautiful rare birds and our famed red bellied tortoises – so drive slowly!
Whales and wildflowers make for a thrilling day out in this coastal town just an hour and half’s drive from the city centre. The annual display of flowers from the Fernkloof Nature Reserve will be on full view during the festival from 28 – 30 September, where you can enjoy lunch at the accompanying market. Walk along the coast and keep an ear tuned to the whale crier who will sound the alarm should any be spotted in the bay.
Stop to smell the spring flowers at any of these wonderful reserves. Just don’t leave it too late to spring into action as our fleeting blooms will disappear for another year come October.
PS: As a fun alternative, why not pop over to Cape Grace? There’s something so authentic about buying flowers from an old-fashioned flower trolley, with each bunch being so beautiful and bespoke. This is what you can expect from our Flower Trolley, displaying its beautiful blooms, available everyday, at the front entrance of the hotel. Book your bouquet in advance by calling 021 410 7100 or via email.
Blog post by: Tarah Darge