From July to October each year, the Cape West Coast comes alive with carpets of wildflowers. Arum Lillies are usually the first sign that the season is underway. The open spaces around Velddrif and the roadsides leading into town blossom with white African Daisies, yellow Hongerblomme, orange Gousblomme, purple Vygies and blue Wild Flax. Russells on the Port offers luxurious 4-star accommodation, situated in Port Owen, Velddrif in the Cape West Coast. Only 90 minutes drive from Cape Town’s CBD our Guest House and Lodge is the perfect base for exploring the West Coast flowers.
Rocherpan Nature Reserve
From Velddrif it’s a short 20-minute drive to the Rocherpan Nature Reserve, a seasonal vlei teeming with birdlife and wildflowers. The reserve offers a number of walking trails of varying distances. Walk through the pan and you will see masses of white, orange and yellow daisies. Meander along the beach and you might spot the near-threatened Babiana with its brilliant red flowers.
DID YOU KNOW? Rocherpan Nature Reserve is one of only two locations where the critically endangered aquatic plant, the Cape horned pondweed, is known to survive.
Halfway between Velddrif and Rocherpan you will find Dwarskersbos and a bright white beach which runs for almost 40 km along the coast up to Elands Bay. Here you will see a wide variety of West Coast wildflowers and fynbos. From July to December you might also spot whales and dolphins in the cold Atlantic Ocean.
Each year on the last weekend in August, the Hopefield Fynbos Show showcases Fynbos from the nearby biodiversity zones. The fields of the Hopefield Sports Club come alive with food and craft stalls; a beer tent serving traditional South African dishes such as Waterblommetjie Stew and Curry Tripe; live entertainment; a sheep shearing competition and the annual Ms Fynbos pageant. The 30-minute drive from Velddrif to Hopefield is a flower safari in itself and you will spot an abundance of West Coast wildflowers such as white African Daisies, yellow Bobbejaantjies, orange Gousblomme, and pink and yellow sorrel.
For more information contact the organisers on +27 (0)22 723 1720 or firstname.lastname@example.org
West Coast National Park
The blue waters of the Langebaan Lagoon and the seasonal wildflowers of the West Coast National Park are a West Coast must-see. The park has three different self-drive flowers tours you can explore. The Postberg Nature Reserve within the West Coast National Park is only open to the public during Spring and is a magnificent opportunity to drive past the carpets of wildflowers before relaxing at one of the many picnic and braai areas.
Flower viewing tips
The wildflowers are best viewed during ‘Flower Hour’ in the middle of the day between 11h00 and 15h00 as many of the wildflower species require the warmth of the sun to open fully. When driving and walking to see the wildflowers, please be careful and stay on the trails.
Contact the Flower hotline on +27 (0) 63 724 6203 to find out which wildflowers are currently in bloom and where they can be viewed.