Go see the spring flowers of The West Coast

I love my Johannesburg, and right now we are experiencing summer temperatures that are very welcome after the cold winter. However, I wish I could visit Cape Town, or rather the West Coast, now…

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Between July/August and September/October each year this part of South Africa explodes. The first spring rain falls and turns the dry and rather barren landscape into a display of bright colours when the ground becomes covered in flowers of thousands of species.

It is impossible to predict exactly when this annual flower parade will occur, but the safest bet is probably from August to September. The key is of course the arrival of the first rains, but the temperature is also important and the flowers will only open up until later in the morning and hardly at all on cloudy days.

The Namaqualand region is located in the northern part of the west coast and is divided into two parts either side of the Orange River – Greater Namaqualand in Namibia and Little Namaqualand in South Africa. It’s in this region that the flowers of west coast reaches its full strength.

But you don’t have to travel all the way up there to experience this magical spectacle. Spring flowers are abound from Darling and Yzerfontein up to the West Coast National Park, so if you are visiting Cape Town during this period – take a day to visit this beautiful area.

Before you dash off on your way, I advise you to call Flower Line on +27 (0)71 320 7146 in order to find out which area has the best show of the day.

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Baboons

The other day we received an email from a client who is about to travel to South Africa, with the question “how does one handle baboons?” Hahaha, yes how does one handle baboons…? Not at all, preferably. If you visit South Africa, you will probably see a lot of baboons, they are often seen along the roads so please drive carefully.

At Cape Point, for example, there are plenty of them, and here they have learned that there are a lot of people and a lot of food and here there can sometimes be a few close encounters. The advice we can give is to keep your distance, and hide all the food and even food bags. If you’re in a car, close your windows and enjoy watching them, they are fascinating animals!

 
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When we visited the Kruger National Park in early August, we saw lots of baboons and they are really fun to sit and watch, in the safety of a car. We stopped at one of the rest stops to stretch our legs and here we got to see how cheeky baboons in these environments can be. Visitors who planned a nice lunch break, were literally robbed of their food bags only to see how the thieves parked just meters away to munch on all the goodies they managed to get.