Spring time on the West Coast of South Africa offers visitors a magical display of wildflowers, filling the typically dusty and arid land with vibrant colours of pink, purple, white and flaming orange. Fynbos, vygies and daisies are some of the hundreds of indigenous species that blossom during this time of the year attracting thousands of people to come and marvel at this annual natural phenomenon.
The quality and duration of the flower season is largely dependent on timing and weather. In favourable conditions consisting of decent spring rains and warm temperatures, the flowers will begin to bloom in the last two weeks of August, right through towards the end of September and into October.
Tourist offices within the region provide useful maps of the different flower routes around the West Coast and parts of the Northern Cape. These multi-coloured routes can be experienced through self-drive tours, on walks or along bicycle paths, with sunny days from 11h00- 15h00 being the best time to go as the flowers open up their petals and face towards the sun.
This natural riot of colours can easily be reached in a one to five hour drive from Cape Town and may provide an opportunity to do some whale watching or dolphin spotting as you travel alongside the Atlantic Ocean for parts of the journey. If you would like to read more about this spectacle, visit the West Coast tourism website for their ‘Flower Reports’.
Day 1 - Cape Town to Cedarberg Mountains
At 08h00, you will be picked up from your hotel in Cape Town by a private guide and vehicle. You then begin your drive northwards along the N7 highway towards the geographically diverse Nieuwoutdville in the Koue Bokkerveld. To break the journey, stock up on refreshments in the town of Clanwilliam whilst soaking up the picturesque view of the Cederberg Mountains.
Back on the road, you continue your drive towards your cosy, refurbished guest-house, The Nedersetting that dates back to 1897. Here you will be spending your first (2) nights of the trip.
Day 2 - Full Day Exploring the Wild Flowers of South Africa
Today is your day to explore. Spend your time wandering around the area’s historical towns of Matjiesfontein and Papkuilsfontein that are both renowned for their remarkable flower displays during the spring. You can do some sight-seeing around Nieuwoutdville by hiking through the second largest Quiver Tree Forest in the world, or around the gorges of the Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve.
A stroll through the Hantam National Botanical Garden is a “must” if you want to experience some of South Africa’s diverse plant life and depending on the water levels, a trip to the Nieuwoutdville Waterfall Reserve is a good spot to end off the day with sundowners.
Day 3 - Cedarberg to Bushmanskloof Wilderness Reserve
An early start as you prepare to leave The Nedersetting and make your way through the dramatic Botterkloof Pass, towards the Biedouw Valley (depending on the flower quality). The Biedouw Valley, nestled beneath the Biedouw Mountains is home to some of the most beautiful fields of spring flowers that show off their natural beauty just after the rainy season.
Continue your trip today to the Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve nestled amongst wide open plains and sandstone formations where you will be spending your next (2) nights.
Day 4 - Full Day to enjoy activities at Bushmanskloof Wilderness Reserve
Today you are free to immerse yourself into this unique environment by getting involved in a number of activities in the Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve.
From guided rock art excursions and nature drives, to fly fishing, canoeing and botanical walks. You may also want to relax with complimentary WIFI and a welcome drink to set your holiday mode into full swing.
Day 5 - Bushmanskloof to Clanwilliam
After your early morning activity and last breakfast at the Bushmans Kloof Wildreness Reserve, you will continue over the scenic Pakhuis Pass towards Clanwilliam, a town that joins onto the South African Rooibos Route- the only area in the world where Rooibos is found.
This afternoon you are free to partake in some of the activities provided by the area, including a Rooibos tea tour at NetMar Rooibos Teahouse, a walk around the wild flower garden in the Ramskop Nature Reserve, or a visit to the quirky Flower Church in the centre of town. Here you will be spending (2) nights at the wonderful Ndedema Lodge.
Day 6 - Full Day to Explore the Clanwilliam Area
Today you have the opportunity to explore the surrounding area further. A historical walkabout tour through Clanwilliam may spark your interest, otherwise take a trip out to the inter-leading Stadsaal caves found high up in the central Cederberg, filled with ancient Bushmen rock art.
Day 7 - Clanwilliam to Paternoster
Depart from Clanwilliam and head towards Lamberts Bay on the West Coast where you can visit the blue-eyed Cape gannets on Bird Island. You make your way via Elands Bay, with a possible stop at Rocherpan Nature Reserve crowded with colourful wildflowers and breeding birds such as the lesser Flamingo. Next continue to the coastal fishing town of Paternoster where you will stay at the picturesque Gilcrest Place for (1) night.
Gilcrest Place is a charming guest house situated a mere 200m from the sea. The suites adopt the old Cape Dutch style of thatched rooves and lime washed walls making for a quaint and delightful experience.
Day 8 - Paternoster back to Cape Town
On your last day of the tour, you visit The West Coast National Park and amazing Postberg Flower Reserve. This reserve is home to some of the most impressive flower displays in the country with post-card perfect colours and a variety of wildlife, including gemsbok. Afterwards, continue to Cape Town where your tour will end in the late afternoon.
ZAR 39 295 per person sharing (Based on 2 adults) - August 2021
ZAR 45 920 per person sharing (Based on 2 adults) - September 2021
05 Night’s accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
02 Night’s accommodation on a full board & activity basis: Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve
Teas / coffees & snacks
Twice daily activities
Services of a professional ranger & camp staff
All road transfers as per itinerary
Guide & vehicle for sightseeing as per itinerary
Tourism levy of 1 %
Entrance fees for mentioned activities