Flower season

Spring along the West Coast of the Cape is a time when every coastal village and inland town is transformed from their usual desolate state to bursting with kaleidoscopic colour when the regions wild flowers are in full bloom. This natural phenomenon of the flower season draws in thousands of visitors from around the country and even around the world between August and September each year. But depending on weather conditions, the wild flowers have been known to bloom as early as July and as late as October.

Potsberg, situated within the West Coast National Park, is said to have some of the most remarkable wild flower displays each year. Here 80 species of flowering plant are endemic to the region and occur nowhere else in the world. Botanists and flower enthusiasts alike are also often attracted to the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve around Darling and Hopefield and local wild flower shows are held at Clanwilliam, Hopefield and Darling every year.

The flower season sees many white rain daisies and tiny yellow button daisies, blue flax and pink nemesis. While the Cedarberg, Groot Winterhoek and Matzikamma mountains, as well as the arid Knersvlakte and Hardeveld, become covered with daisies, yellow gansogies, felicias, nemesias and vyggies. One can also spot winecups, sparaxis, lachenalias and babianas, which tend to shelter between taller plants.

For those visitors from further up the country that flock to Campsbay in the spring and summer months, a day trip to the West Coast should really be included in their itinerary. While the West Coast flowers are certainly an attraction, many South Africans travel down to the Cape to experience their genuine Camps Bay holidays of sun, sand and sea. Of course a stay in Camps Bay wouldn’t be complete without a stay in one of the many trendy Camps Bay apartments. Much of the accommodation in Camps Bay Cape Town is designed around the beautiful views of the sea.