For a few precious weeks each year – from mid-August until end-September – the fields, farms, wetlands and dunes of the Western Cape burst into a magnificent riot of colour as the wildflowers come into bloom. It’s a short-lived period, during which bloomers and boomers, Gen Xers and Zs hop into their preferred modes of transport to come and witness the wonder of the West Coast’s wildflowers.

If you’re keen to make hay while the sun shines and get gazing at nature’s magnificent plan, here is our favorite floral hotspots this season:

1. The Cape’s West Coast

Only open during springtime, Postberg is an almost completely undisturbed floral landscape in the West Coast National Park, open during August and September (peak flower months).
Distance from Cape Town Around 1 hour and 30 minutes
Flowers you can see Daisies, sporries and magriets.
Entry During flower season, August – September 2021:
R94 (SA citizens and residents with ID)
R47 (children, 2 – 11 years)
R144 (SADC nationals with valid passports)
R72 (SADC children with valid passports)
R210 (international adults; standard conservation fee)
R105 (international children; standard conservation fee)
Contact 022 772 2144

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2.The Renosterveld Reserve

Just above Darling Primary School lies this charming 20-hectare flower reserve, where travellers can enjoy a plethora of spring flowers, as well bird-watching. Oh, and keep a keen eye out for the red-bellied tortoises.
Distance from Cape Town Around 1 hour
Flowers you can see a variety of renosterbos, bellendini, kapokbos and vygies.
Entry Free

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3. Citrusdal

Found on the N7, this is a family-favourite holiday spot for its hiking, camping, zip-lining and rock-climbing opportunities.
Distance from Cape Town Around 2 hours
Flowers you can see Fields of maartblom, bloedblom, daises and fynbos
Entry Free

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4. Tienie Versfeld Wildflower Reserve

Another stop along the R315, this reserve hosts a wide variety of flowers due to its varying topography. On this small patch of land, around 10% of the Cape Floral Kingdom can be found.
Distance from Cape Town Around 1 hour and 10 minutes
Flowers you can see Butterfly lilies, lachenalia, chincherinchee and bulbs.
Entry Free
Contact 022 492 3361

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5. Columbine Nature Reserve

A relatively short way along the R27, this reserve offers candidly beautiful views of the spring flowers, as well as whale- and dolphin-spotting opportunities.
Distance from Cape Town Around 2 hours
Flowers you can see An array of fynbos and Karoo succulents.
Entry R29 (adults)
R20 (children)
Contact 022 7522 718

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