As the sun begins to rise earlier and we head into spring the West Coast flowers are getting ready for their annual show. A kaleidoscope of colour is about to emerge as Capetonians prepare to head up the West Coast to see the spectacular display of wild flowers. The show starts as early as late July in the Northern Cape in Namaqualand steadily heading southwards reaching the West Coast and Blaauwberg in full force by the end of August.
A trip to Darling, the West Coast National Park, Langebaan and Paternoster are all close by popular day trips for Capetonians to spend a day viewing the flowers. Our West Coast flowers have become so popular you can even book a glamping weekend flower trip to Namaqualand and stay at a pop-up beach camp.
Top Flower Power Spots Nearby
• Blaauwberg Nature Reserve
• West Coast National Park
Flower Viewing Tips
• No sun, no flowers so pick a sunny day to venture out
• The best time of the day to view is between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at it’s hottest
• Keep your back to the sun when taking pictures as the flowers face towards the sun
• Tread lightly and don’t pick the flowers
• Wear comfortable shoes, long pants and use insect repellent when walking in the fields
• Remember the sunscreen, hats and water
• Book your accommodation in advance
• Flower maps are available at all local tourism information offices
The West Coast Flower Hotline is open between 8am and 8pm daily on +27 72 938 8186 or the Namakwa line at +27 79 294 7260.