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August 06, 2014

Your Ultimate Guide to Spectacular Flower Season in Cape Town

Cape Town's unbearably spectacular flower season blooms in blankets of wild gorgeousness across the nature reserves of the Western Cape from August to late September.

Here is your ultimate guide to experiencing the splendor, starting with these 12 flower hotspots!

We've arranged them from closest to furtherest from the centre of Cape Town: 

Pincushion Protea in the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden by Martin Heigan

1. KIRSTENBOSCH National Botanical Gardens

The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens are Cape Town's claim to botanical fame and are both amazingly pretty and amazingly accessible. Take a specialised tour with a guide around the garden for extra appreciation (about 2 hours of it). Don't forget to visit the Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway! 

Where?  Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town
When? There are walks at 10h00 and 14h00 from Monday to Friday and an additional walk on Tuesday at 11h00. On Saturday there is one walk at 10h00.
How Far From Cape Town? 15mins
Tel: 021 799 8783/73
Cost: Garden Entrance Fee

2. ELGIN OPEN GARDEN

An utterly luxurious display of more than 10,000 blooms is on show at the Elgin Grabouw Country Club. The open garden also features craft stalls, beer gardens and delicious farm style lunches, a magic garden for kiddies, and breathtaking views of this abundantly decorated valley with its lush forests, fynbos and apple orchards.

Where? Elgin Grabouw Country Club, Grabouw, Western Cape
When? 1-2 and 8-9 November
How Far From Cape Town? 1h

3. 97TH DARLING WILD FLOWER SHOW

The concentrated beauty of some of 1,200 species of flora occurs in the quaint little town of Darling. What better way to see the bounty of nature than in a 97 year old exhibition in one of the most renowned flower towns in the Cape! 80 of these species are endemic to the Western Cape and can be seen nowhere else on Earth. 

When? 19 – 21 September
Where? Darling Renosterveld Local Nature Reserve, Darling, Western Cape
How far from Cape town? 1h 10mins
Tel: 084 916 1111
Email: darlingwfs@telkomsa.net
Website: www.darlingwildflowers.co.za 

4. HAROLD PORTER NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDEN

This superbly rich garden can be found in the heart of the coastal fynbos, and is blessed with mountain slopes with wind-brushed heathlands, cavernous gorges and ancient relic forests, as well as dunes with specialised salt-adapted flora. The Garden itself is famous for its wonderful waterfalls and amber coloured pools.

Where? Cnr Clarence Drive & Broadwith Rd, Betty's Bay
When? Mon-Fri: 08h00-16h30, Weekends & Public Holidays 08h00-17h00
How Far From Cape Town? 1h 15 mins
Cost: Adults: R20, Seniors (over 60): R12, Free first Tuesday of month, Students: R12, Learners: R8, Under 6: Free
Tel: +27 28 272 9311
Email: Harold.Porter.NBG@sanbi.org.za

5. WEST COAST NATIONAL PARK

Bursting into colour to blanket entire landscapes, the West Coast National park is renowned for its incredible wild flowers. Official flower season is from 1 August until 30 September, when the protected area of Postberg within the Park is open to the public. 

The Cape Witch Orchid by Brian Preen

Where? West Coast National Park, Langebann
When? August - Late September
How Far From Cape Town? 1h 17mins 

6. HERMANUS BOTANICAL SOCIETY FLOWER FESTIVAL 2014 

Hundreds of stunning locally grown beauties will be on sale, on exhibition, as well as an educational and historical journey documenting the story of plants in the area.

Where? Fernkloof Nature Reserve, Hermanus
When? 25 - 28 September, 2014
Cost: R20, children under 12 free
How Far From Cape Town? 1h40mins

7. HOPEFIELD FYNBOS SHOW

The Hopefield Fynbos Show displays the wealth of over 500 species of fynbos, as well as the stunning spring daisies that appear after winter rains during August and September. The food stalls specialise in their famous waterblommetjiebredie (literally translated as"little water flower stew"). There's also a beer garden, an animal petting area and lots of family friendly fun!

Where? Hopefield Sports Ground, Hopefield
When? 29-31 August
How Far From Cape Town? 1h 40mins
Tel: 022 723 1720 / 022 7830856

8. CAPE FLORAL KINGDOM EXPO – MEGAPARK BREDASDORP

Witness an explosion of colour and fragrance, from the entire Cape Floral kingdom. A massive realistic display of often endangered wild flowers, staged under cover in 10,000m. Don't miss out on the Fynbos Mad Hatters party that happens alongside!

Where? Megapark, Bredasdorp
When? 28 – 31 August
How Far From Cape Town? 2h30mins
Cost: R100

9. Bontebok National Park

The Cape Floral Kingdom is world renowned as one of the most biologically diverse areas on Earth. The Bontebok National Park is a jewel in its crown. Explore during Spring and experience some of the most astonishingly beautiful flower formations in the world.

Where? Bontebok National Park, Swellendam
When? Late July - September
How Far From Cape Town? 3h 

image courtesy of The Clanwilliam Flower Show

10. ANNUAL CLANWILLIAM FLOWER SHOW*

Flowers and gothic architecture, what's not to like? One of the most spectacular flower shows in the region features art, rooibos tea, a flea market, guided walks, rock art, weird inventions, dance, theatre and wild flower drives.

*Please note: Heavy road works on the N7 between Piketberg and Clanwilliam are causing delays. Travellers are advised to take the R27 as far as Lamberts Bay and then carry to Clanwilliam.

Where? Clanwilliam, Western Cape
When: 28 August - 5 September
How Far From Cape Town? 3h
Cost: R30 for adults, R25 for pensioners and R5 for children.
Open: From 09:00 to 18:00 daily
Tel: 027 482 2024
Website: www.clanwilliamflowerfestival.co.za

11. Agulhas Nature Reserve

With a diversity the equal of a tropical rain forest, the Agulhas Plain is an immensely abundant natural reserve, featuring over 2 000 species of indigenous plants including 100 that are endemic to the area.

Where? Agulhas Nature Reserve, Agulhas, Western Cape
When? Late July - September
How Far From Cape Town? 4h 45mis

12. Namaqua National Park

Butterflies and birds flutter across the amazing tapestry of brilliant colours that explode around roads of the Namaqua National Park. More than a 1,000 of its 3,500 plant species are found nowhere else in the world. Namaqualand is one of the Cape's most famous flower wonderlands and the location of those incredible fields and fields of flowers.

Where? Namaqua National Park, Garies
When? Late July - September
How Far From Cape Town? 7h30mins

Want a guided tour of the flowers?

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Are you in love with Cape Town flowers? Tweet us your comments! Check out these 15 amazingly beautiful pictures of the flower fields in full bloom. Or how about a closer look at some of the stunning flowers of the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden. If you're looking to buy some of the most beautiful flowers in the city, you should try out the Adderley Street flower sellers!

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