Did you know that the Cape Floral Kingdom is the smallest but richest flower kingdom in the world? The amount of different species per m2 is nowhere as rich as in this region. I’m not a botanist but I do love flowers. The fact that in every season something is blooming, does make me very happy. No matter when you go for a hike or on an outing, big chance that you will see beautiful flowers.
August and September are your typical months for wild flower watching. Flower tourgroups from all over the world flock to South Africa and are completely over the moon with the variety, colors and displays of flowers.
Here is a short list of all the flower reserves my clients are going to visit next week. I’ve designed a tour for them which included all the highlights in Cape Town, all the most important flower reserves and a bit of a safari as well. Here are the flower highlights:
- Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. This is one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world located against the backdrop of the majestic Table Mountain. Take your picnic basket and chill in the grass. www.sanbi.org
- Table Mountain National Park, Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope. Here you can be sure to find lots of Fynbos (= fine bush). The 3 main species are: Restio, Proteas and Ericas. Drive to the most southwestern tip of Africa and you will find this park. www.sanparks.org The walk from Cape Point to Cape of Good Hope is highly recommended. It takes you about 45 minutes 1 way.
- Harold Porter Botanical Gardens. Drive the beautiful coastal route R44, from Gordon’s Bay to Kleinmond, also called the Whale Route, and you will find this Botanical Garden. www.sanbi.org, about 2 hours from Cape Town
- The Walker Bay Nature Reserve. Situated on the same route. Take a Milkwood and Fynbos walk, walk to Klipgat cave. Stunning nature!
- Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, this is the crème-de-la-crème and can’t be missed for serious botanists. The Reserve has published their own book with all the species found on the reserve. There are flowers which only can be found here and nowhere else in the world. www.grootbos.co.za
- Soekershof Gardens at Mo & Rose, features hundreds of species of succulent plants, Situated just outside Robertson on the R60, about 2 hours from Cape Town. There’s lovely accommodation as well so do make it a weekend-getaway. www.moandrose.co.za
- Community Nature Garden in Montagu. I’ve visited this garden. It is absolutely lovely and discovered my client. If you love flowers, you will love this! Something different!
- Nababeep Nature Reserve, Goegap and Namaqualand National Park, all situated in the northern Cape about 6 hours drive from Cape Town. www.sanparks.org
- Nieuwoudtville Flower Reserve, just off the N7 about 3 hours from Cape Town.
- Last but not least: West Coast National Park with the Postberg Nature Reserve (I’ve also seen it written as Potsberg but the SANparks web site says Postberg so I’ll go with that).
This should give you enough inspiration for getting away for the weekend or midweek and if you need some more advice or need any bookings, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Check here the photo blog of the flowers in the West Coast NP