Wild Flower Day Tour – Experience the West Coast during Flower Season – Private Tour
During the Flower Season (August – October) the sunbaked plains and sandstone mountains of the West Coast of South Africa changes into a kaleidoscope of colour as the veld give rise to the world renowned wild flowers. We will drive past carpets of flowers and visit the flower reserves of Darling and the West Coast National Park where we will stop for spectacular photo opportunities. More than 300 wild flower species are displayed and a must to visit.
Our first stop of the day will be at the Tienie Versveld Wildflower Reserve that lies just outside Darling. The reserve is part of a farm that was donated to the National Botanical Society of South Africa by Marthinus Versveld (known as Oom Tienie). The 20 hectare reserve has never been ploughed and gives rise to a plethora of Sandveld flowers during the annual flower season. The West Coast flower region gives rise to no fewer than 1200 different flowering plant species, 80 of which are endemic to the West Coast and found nowhere else. More than 10% of the Cape Floral Kingdom occurs in less than 1% of the area in Darling. We then head out to the West Coast National Park where we will visit the Postberg Flower Reserve. This part of the National Park is only open to the public during the annual flower season. You will be spoiled by the floral extravaganza as well as by free roaming game such as zebra and wildebeest. We depart Postberg and drive through the West Coast National Park to Langebaan where we will stop for 30 minutes to enjoy the beauty of the Langebaan Lagoon and to stretch our legs. We then leave for Parternoster where we will enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants. Paternoster is a fishing village where you will see the local fisherman on the beach returning with the day’s catch. Paternoster recently made the headlines because of “Wolfgat Restaurant” that was crowned as the World’s Best Restaurant of 2019. After lunch we take the long drive back home and drive through Hopefield to the N7 that will take us back home.