Travel bucket list idea:
Postberg Spring Flowers
West Coast National Park, Western Cape, South Africa|www.sanparks.org|
The annual blooming of spring flowers along South Africa’s west coast is a natural wonder that draws travellers from around the world. While the spectacle peaks in the far Northern Cape, the Postberg section of the West Coast National Park – just an hour’s drive from Cape Town – offers a taste of this floral frenzy.
In this underrated Park you can admire vast expanses of iridescent daisies, spot wild antelope, or picnic on the shoreline to look for migrating whales. Throw in idyllic beaches and productive bird hides and you have one of the Cape’s secret bucket list destinations.
Getting there & doing it
The West Coast National Park is situated an hour’s drive north of Cape Town along the R27, a good condition tar road. Postberg is a further 45 minutes’ drive from the gate.
You can easily self-drive, giving you freedom and flexibility, though organised tours know the best viewing points.
When to do it
August and September are peak flower months. The flower-rich Postberg section is only open in August and September, although you can explore the rest of the Park year-round. The gates to the Park open daily at 7am, all year round. In flower season queues can be lengthy, so it pays to arrive early.
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