Flower season in Cape Town
Cape Town’s 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 furthest from the centre of Cape Town:
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!
ELGIN OPEN GARDEN
An utterly luxurious display of more than 10 000 blooms is on show annually 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
HERMANUS BOTANICAL SOCIETY FLOWER FESTIVAL
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.