Flora

The Cape Floral Kingdom was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2004. Many of the beautiful indigenous flowers that form part of the kingdom can be seen in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

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Cape Town’s spectacular flower season sends blankets of blooms 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 furthest from the centre of Cape Town. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is…

Nature nerds unite! If you’re looking for one of the most enchanting earth adventures, look no further. Fynbos is one of only six floral kingdoms in the world and it’s the only one that occurs entirely in one country. Ours! Here are six hikes to do to see fynbos in all its natural glory and as well fynbos-infused beverages you…

One of the Cape’s most treasured possessions in the Cape Floral Region, which is home to a wealth of diverse flora and fauna endemic and near-endemic to the Cape Peninsula.

De Hoop Nature Reserve is a mere three hour drive from Cape Town - located in the Overberg Region near the southern tip of Africa, on the world renowned Garden & Whale Routes and an ideal stopover en-route from the Cape Winelands to Plettenberg Bay.

Set in a scenic veld where renosterveld coastal fynbos and mountain fynbos grow side-by-side, Durbanville Nature Reserve offers wonderful walking trails, picnic spots and bird-watching opportunities. Flower enthusiasts would also like to know that Durbanville Nature Reserve is a protective home to two rare plant species, Aristea lugens and Serruria bronii.

The Edith Stephens Wetland Park is an interesting and insightful natural biodiversity area that sits on the Cape Flats. The park provides shelter and protection to rare plant species, wild birds and water birds.

Twenty five km up the West Coast of Cape Town lies the 2000-hectare Blaauwberg Conservation Area (BCA). This global biodiversity hotspot holds a treasure trove of natural, cultural and historical significance and it’s the goal of the Friends of BCA to conserve and protect this unique heritage site for future generations.

Want a fun day out in a nature reserve for some bird watching, a short walk or a picnic? Then head to the Greater Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve wetland area near Muizenberg.

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