The Western Cape of South Africa explodes with color during the spring wild flower season and is a well-known destination for locals. An easy self-drive tour can be tailored to fit your interests and time schedule. Whether you enjoy viewing spacious vistas of yellows and purple, perhaps with a gemsbok or zebra in the background or kneeling for a better look at individual flowers, this is the place for you. Flower viewing areas include national parks (West Coast and Namaqualand) and public and private nature reserves (Geogap near Springbok, Ramskop near Clanwilliam, Tienie Versfeld Natural Area near Darling, and others). Botanical gardens are at their peak, and several towns have wildflower festivals during the flower season.Â Most towns have flower information centers (with email and phone access) and special flower route maps. This part of South Africa is less touristy and more agricultural, but some areas have spectacular mountains and waterfalls. The main roads are paved, though some in parks and preserves are not. Larger towns have good restaurants and charming B&B's and lodges. Prime time is September.
Accommodations in these areas are sparse, so we need to book you as far in advance as possible.