The perfect wildflower-finding itinerary
Enjoy bubbles and bobotie on Saturday
Find floral splendour at the West Coast National Park on Sunday
Home to the magical Langebaan Lagoon, white sandy dunes and incredible birdlife (over 250 species) the West Coast National Park is so close to the city and it was an effortless day trip from Cape Town. Make sure you get up with the sun because queues form quickly at the gates from the R27.
You can stop the car and get out to closely inspect the mad variety of hues that caresses the floors, but take care to tread carefully when inspecting the daisies, vygies and other fiery-orange florals. You're also likely to find zebra, wildebeest, bontebok and other antelope grazing peacefully in the vividness.
On your way home, double back on the R315 towards Yzerfontein and then take the R27 to Cape Town, so you can drive beside the Jakkalsfrontein reserve, which often boasts colour right at the roadside.
The best Resources for South African Flower-Spotting
- For the latest update on the best flower fields, check the Cape West Coast Tourism website or call 0729388186. You can also sign up for alerts: here is the latest update.
- Here is a useful map you can use to plot your route.
- Citrusdal also offers plenty of colour in the spring, read my guide to this small farming town bordering the Cederberg here.
- West Coast Routes is a great website for finding other sites and stops on the West Coast.
- If you want to head further north, Papkuilsfontein is the place to be.
- Most of all, be lekker! Don't trample your way into a field of flowers for the perfect Insta pic and flatten them all in the process. It's also illegal to pick any wildflowers.