A complete travel guide to seeing the spring flowers in Cape Town. Check out the gorgeous flowers of the West Coast National Park and Biedouw Valley, daisies in Darling, fields on canola in the Overberg and blossoms at Babylonstoren. Over the years I’ve gotten many questions regarding where to go, when to go and how best to plan a trip to see the spring flowers in Cape Town. So here’s the blog post answering ALL of those questions and hopefully you can plan a day trip of your own in the coming weeks.
Spring Flowers in Cape Town
When to go see the spring flowers in Cape Town
This is always the biggest factor when planning your trip to the Spring Flowers in Cape Town. Each year the seasons vary slightly with different amounts of rainfall and fluctuating temperatures. However, the general time frame is from mid August to the end of September. The trouble is that you don’t really know when the flowers will be good as they may still be hiding one weekend, yet out in all their glory the next. It’s always a bit of a gamble but in this general time frame you should be able to see something.
Where to go to see the Spring Flowers in Cape Town
The West Coast is the best region for viewing the wild flowers. I have done trips to Darling, the West Coast National Park and the Biedouw Valley and each of them has something unique to offer. If you’re looking for fields of canola the overberg region is the best place and blossoms are found at Babylonstoren.
Darling is a small town an hour’s drive from Cape Town. During spring this quiet little spot is turned into a beautiful floral celebration. You’ll take the R27 turning off to the right down Grotto Drive. This is a wonderful route as it takes you along a farm road which will be covered in blooms of orange, yellow, pink and purple. You can stop off at Groote Poste for a wine tasting or lunch, before continuing on to the town of Darling. The centre of town bursts to life in blooms of brilliant colour. There is a field covered in yellow and orange daisies dancing with bees and butterflies. Throughout the town residential streets are dotted with white daisies, purple vygies and fruit trees boast pink blossoms.
West Coast National Park
The West Coast National Park is definitely my favourite place to view the wild flowers. This stunning park holds a very special place in my heart as a postcard from Greece at Kraalbaai beach and a flower child’s paradise in spring. To get there will take you an hour from Cape Town along the R27. Entrance to the park costs R94 per adult and R47 per child during the flower season for South African Residents (this cost is reduced at other times of the year, R66 for adults, R33 for children). With a Wild Card you will have free entrance to the Park (more info here). For international visitors the cost is R210 per adult and R105 per child.
Take a slow drive through the Park, looking out for ostriches, tortoises, birds and little buck along the way. Stop off and look down over the brilliant blue of Kraalbaai. The wild flowers are located in the Postberg section of the Park. Here you’ll be treated to fields blanketed in yellow, orange and white daisies.
It honestly takes my breath away each time I have the privilege of frolicking through these fields of abundant flowers! The flower child within me takes great delight and I can’t wipe the smile off my face. Take a packed lunch and stop at one of the picnic spots along the way.
*note- please stay out of the flower veld. I have not been the best at this in the past but have since learnt it is not great to trod on the endemic flower species. You will be fined R500 if caught walking on the flowers. There are also lots of snakes (including puffadders) in the veld which you really don’t want to step on! Rather take your photos from the road with the flowers as a backdrop.
The Biedouw Valley is an area of farmland in the Cederberg region that is usually farmed for rooibos tea. In the spring months the farmers don’t turn the soil and let the fields grow wild, resulting in the most beautiful display of wild flowers in the fields. It has become a popular spot to see the spring flowers in the Western Cape. It is a 3,5 hour drive from Cape Town so is more of a weekend destination than a day trip spot. I will publish a blog with all the details on planning a trip to the Biedouw Valley soon! Stay tuned.
If it’s blossoms you’re after then make sure you include Babylonstoren as one of your spring stopovers. Here all their fruit orchards are covered in white and pink blossoms. You can check out my blog post on Babylonstoren to read up about what else you can do while you’re here.
If daisies aren’t your thing and fields of yellow make you feel all kinds of happy then be sure to check out the flourishing canola fields. On the way home from the West Coast National Park you can go via the N7. You’ll turn left down the Melkbosstrand Road at the woodcutters which connects with the N7. On the left you’ll see the beautiful fields of sunshine. Alternatively, you can take a trip to Philadelphia or go anywhere along the N2 in the Overberg region (Caledon) to dance in fields of canola.
I have always done the flowers as a day trip but you can easily make a weekend out of it. So pencil in an upcoming weekend and if the sun is shining then pile into a car for a little road trip adventure!
If you’re looking to make a trip out of seeing the Spring Flowers and are willing to travel a little further afield then make sure you read Wanderlust Movement’s blog on 8+ STUNNING, DROOL-WORTHY PLACES TO SEE THE NAMAQUALAND FLOWERS. I have a full week flower roadtrip planned for the end of this month and will post plenty of blogs on how to plan a trip to Namaqualand when I return.