5 Tips for Seeing The West Coast FlowersSeptember 11, 2017 / bynatalie / Categories : Travel
It’s spring in Cape Town and flower season out on the West Coast. Although 20-year-old me would have thought of this as an absolute non-event, 29-year-old me got off the plane from Joburg and drove straight out to see them. Imagine a carpet of pink, white, orange and yellow as far as the eye can see, set against a bright blue sky. Flower season in the Western Cape is from August to late-September, but how long they’re around for depends on the weather. Right now, there’s still quite a lot of beauty to see, but hurry, cause it won’t be around for much longer. Here are my 5 tips for seeing the West Coast flowers.
5 Tips for Seeing The West Coast Flowers
1. Visit the West Coast National Park. It’s probably the best place along the coast to see the flowers. It’s over 38 000 ha big, so there’s lots to see! The entrance is R70 per person and you can pay with a card, but it’s best to take cash.
2. Arrive early. We got to the gate just before 9am and there was already a queue. If you arrive after 10, you’re likely to sit in hours of traffic. The park opens at 7am, so get there as early as you can to avoid the masses. Otherwise, its best to wait and go after 3pm, which makes for good light anyway.
3. The Langebaan entrance has more beautiful flowers, so start there. Then drive across to the Kraalbaai side for views of the stunning turqoise lagoon. Don’t forget your swimsuit – it might be warm enough for a dip (you never know with Cape Town weather).
4. Take a picnic or food for a braai. There are loads of amazing spots where you can camp out for the day, as long as you arrive early enough. Make sure to take blankets and chairs and head straight for the Plankiesbaai picnic area or Kraalbaai. Seriously, you need to hurry there to avoid missing out.
5. If you’d rather head out for lunch, be sure to book a table. We booked at The Noisy Oyster (+27 22 752 2196) in Paternoster and had a long and delicious seafood lunch. Highly recommend! Groote Post is also stunning, but you’ll need to book asap as they get full really quickly.
I hope you enjoyed reading my 5 tips for seeing the West Coast flowers. Let me know if you end up driving through!
PS. I edited my pictures using Carlinn’s Campsbay Girl Presets – a top tip if you want to make the most of your shots!