Whether you’re a flora lover or not, it’s hard not to be enthralled by the carpets of brightly-coloured spring flowers in South Africa. So, grab your friends and family the next time the sun shines and go for a drive or a hike to enjoy the country’s floral kingdom at its best. Here are our favourite places to see Spring flowers in South Africa.
Three hours north of Cape Town, the Cederberg region is spectacularly beautiful: ancient mountains, dramatic sandstone formations, vast tracts of wilderness and unpolluted night skies. In spring, this arid, sparsely populated area is dotted with bright spring flowers. A great place to see them is the Biedouw Valley, where you can stay in rustic whitewashed self-catering cottages surrounded by fields of orange and yellow petals at Enjo Nature Farm (book their Lonely Planet cottage, their most remote one, if you’re after privacy). If you’re into history as well as flora, don’t miss seeing some of the Cederberg’s millennia-old rock art sites.
The ultimate flower destination in South Africa is Namaqualand, in the Northern Cape, several hours’ drive north of Cape Town. While you’ll see flowers all along the highway and side roads, the Namaqua National Park, dotted with photogenic quiver trees, is the center of it all: part of the semi-desert Karoo biome, the park is home to more than 1000 plants which are only found there. Just outside the town of Kamieskroon, Skilpad Wildflower Reserve forms part of the Namaqua National Park and is where you’ll find a spectacular concentration of flowers, the “Roof of Africa” panoramic vista and 4×4, mountain bike and walking trails.
Citrusdal comes alive with bright blooms at this time of the year and you’ll see fields of bloedblomme, daisies, fynbos, and maartblomme. The family-favourite spot is also great for hiking, mountain biking, rock-climbing, and camping, so it’s a good idea to spend a weekend exploring the area. It takes about two hours from Cape Town to get to Citrusdal.
Stop and smell the spring flowers because, before you know it, they’ll be gone… Have you ever enjoyed viewing the spring flowers in all their magnificent glory? Which is your favourite place to do so? Make sure you let us know on our social media.
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