It’s Blooming Season! Here’s what you need to know
Wildflower season is in full swing and it came rather early this year but whose complaining, right? Here’s a quick guide to everything you need to know.
I love flower season but Courtney dreads it due to his severe sinus problem yet we still make a point to drive along the West Coast to view the floral extravaganza; whether we view it at the same place like the West Coast National Park, or along roadsides. Either way, it’s a must-see for all.
The flowers are seen along the R27 and the N7 West Coast National Road. It’s approximately 25 minutes (give or take) from Cape Town; depending where you’d like to go view them. One tip I need to put emphasis on is to GO EARLY to avoid waiting in long queues.
Types of Flowers:
I’m no flower expert but I know a few that make an appearance year after year. Also, they don’t all blossom in the same area so if you’re looking to view a particular species, I advise you call the Information desk for more information. Here are a few flowers you bound to come across:
- Namakwa Gifkool
- Wilde Roosmaryn
- Sand Vygies
- Waterslaai, and so many more!
Where to view them:
You can find the array of flowers basically all along the West Coast towns as well as the Namaqua region. Here’s a list of where you can go:
Langebaan: West Coast National Park is probably the best and, you get to see way more than you bargain for. Make sure you go early to avoid traffic. Entrance fee is R77.00 and for kids under 12 – R39.00. International Tourist: R172.00 per adult and kids under 12 – R86.00. During open Week from 10-14 September 2018, South African citizens can enter for FREE. Just make sure to bring you ID Book.
Darling: They make an appearance all around the town along the roadsides and on patches of fields even on the R307 just past Mamre.
Paternoster and Vredenberg: You’ll definitely see a few close to the West Coast Fossil Park but plenty in Paternoster close to Bekbaai and at Cape Columbine Nature Reserve.
Lambert’s Bay: You’ll find tons on the R365 past Muisbossker as well as on Steenbokfontein farm and many on the R364 towards Clanwilliam.
Clanwilliam: Fields and fields of flowers at Biedouw Valley that’s about 65 Km out of Clanwilliam, on the R364 on the way to Wupperthal.
Namaqua region: Feeling like a proper road trip? You will spot them between Klawer and Vanrhynsdorp. There are other small towns too that you’ll see them at like Lutzville, Ebenhaeser and patches in Strandfontein.
Any flower festivals?
Darling Wildflower festival is one worth visiting and they celebrating their 101st festival this year. I was fortunate enough to go last year and it’s a spectacular event worth going too. This year it will take place on 14 – 16 September 2018 at the Darling Golf Club, Jacaranda Street in Darling.
Time: Thursday to Saturday from 09:00 – 17:00 and Sunday from 09:00 – 15:00.
Entrance fee: Adults – R60.00, pensioners – R40.00 (Friday: 14 Sep, only), children 2 – 18 years – R40.00 and children below 2 years – Free.
Buy Tickets: Purchase it online via www.quicket.co.za
Contact information: 072 178 5744 / 084 916 1111 | firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re unsure if that particular area or town still has flowers, contact the Weskus Flower Hotline on 063 724 6203 or the Namakwaland Flower Line on 072 760 6019. Read more about which areas have which particular flower on West Coast Way website.
Until the next adventure.