The months of August and September are the perfect months to see wild flowers in South Africa. The Western and Northern Cape are the regions to go for.
Here are my top 9 flower watching spots:
1. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. This is one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world located against the backdrop of the majestic Table Mountain. Take your picnic basket and chill in the grass. www.sanbi.org
2. Table Mountain National Park, Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope. Here you can be sure to find lots of Fynbos (= fine bush). The 3 main species are: Restio, Proteas and Ericas. Drive to the most southwestern tip of Africa and you will find this park. www.sanparks.org
3. Harold Porter Botanical Gardens. Drive the beautiful coastal route R44, from Gordon’s Bay to Kleinmond, also called the Whale Route, and you will find this Botanical Garden here. www.sanbi.org
4. The Walker Bay Nature Reserve. Situated on the same route. Take a Milkwood and Fynbos walk, walk to Klipgat cave. Stunning nature!
5. Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, this is the crème-de-la-crème and can’t be missed for serious botanists. The Reserve has published their own book with all the species found on the reserve. There are flowers which only can be found here and nowhere else in the world. www.grootbos.co.za
6. Soekershof Gardens at Mo & Rose, features hundreds of species of succulent plants, Situated just outside Robertson on the R60, about 2 hours from Cape Town. There’s lovely accommodation as well so do make it a weekend-getaway. www.moandrose.co.za
7. Community Nature Garden in Montagu. I’ve visited this garden. It is absolutely lovely and discovered my client. If you love flowers, you will love this!
8. Nababeep Nature Reserve, Goegap and Namaqualand National Park, all situated in the northern Cape about 6 hours drive from Cape Town.
9. Nieuwoudtville Flower Reserve, just off the N7 about 3 hours from Cape Town.
Travel Tip shared by Jessystravel