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#Wildflowers 2017 are here

#Wildflowers 2017 are here and we have got tips on where to see them so start planning your #FlowerPower #WestCoastTwist with us!

Discover the vibrant Cape West Coast with our family of unique Cape West Coast Way Routes – all part of the West Coast Way. Get insider’s tips, local finds and connect with the myriad of trails and nature reserves.

Beginning only 25 minutes from Cape Town on the R27 and N7 National Road, five exciting road trips showcase the top things to do and see: the heritage-inspired Culture Route, the sensational Foodie Route, the Swartland Scenic Route, the beautiful Berg Route and the new Wild Route – the ultimate off-track route with a Sustainable Seafood Track and People Rocking Nature Track.

We know that you have been waiting in anticipation for the West Coast Wildflowers to arrive and we are happy to say that the first colour buds have been spotted! The wildflowers have responded to the first rainfall with magnificence in the Swartland region. We will be sharing each location with you as they pop up and this weeks hot spots are in the Darling and Yzerfontein vicinity.

As of the 29th of August 2017: The #WildFlowers2017 have been spotted in the Saldanha Bay and Swartland regions and continue to bloom along the southern parts of the West Coast and the West Coast National Park. Visit the Postberg Reserve between 18th -22nd September for a beautiful display of #WildFlowers2017 and remember free entry is allowed for SA citizens. Postberg is open till 30th September 2017.

#Wildflowers Season is here and we have the best festivals, shows and places to go and view this spectacular display on the West Coast Way!

West Coast Wildflowers

West Coast Wildflowers

Darling is well known for their West Coast Wildflowers and the 100th Darling Wildflower Show is happening from the 14th – 17th of September. Did you know that Darling contains more than 10% of the species count of the Cape Floral Kingdom, the richest Kingdom in species diversity in the world?

Make your way to these West Coast Wildflowers hotspots in Darling:

Renoster Reserve, Darling, find it at Kalkoentjie Street, behind the Darling Primary School. Visitors would walk to the right in front of the stone reserves as well as up the paths to the left of the main path through the reserve.

Road reserves from Darling towards Mamre.

Road verges on the R27 Yzerfontein towards Jakkalfontein

Head to Schaap Island walking trail in Yzerfontein to view the first sightings of Knoppie Vooiltjies and Vygies.West Coast Wildflowers West Coast Wildflowers West Coast Wildflowers

FIND WHERE TO STAY THIS FLOWER SEASON

#WILDflowers2017 Festivals and Shows:

Festivals

 

100th Darling Wildflower Show

Date: 14 – 17 September

Time: Thursday – Saturday: 09:00 – 17:00; Sunday: 09:00 – 15:00

Location: Darling Golf Club, Jacaranda Street, Darling

Contact: 072 178 5744 / 084 916 1111 | info@darlingwildflowers.co.za | www.darlingwildflowers.co.za

Description:

This year’s show will be the 100th event, the Centenary Show! The display will focus on the Wildflower Society’s development through the past 100 years as well as the Herbarium project.
The Flower Show will offer a variety of activities to entertain young and old.Darling Wildflower Show 2017

Top places to view the flowers:

Blaauwberg Nature Reserve

Known as the official beginning of the Cape West Coast flora, the Blaauwberg Nature Reserve has spectacular views across the cityscape and coastline, including one of the few in the world where you can see two World Heritage Sites – Table Mountain and Robben Island.

Its wetland has an abundance of plant, mammal, bird and reptile species, as well as various amphibians.

Part of the Culture Route on the R27
Where: Cape Farms, just north of Blaauwberg on the R27 or Otto Du Plessis Drive
Contact:  +27 (0)21 554 0957 | +27 (0)21 444 0454 (Eerstesteen Resort)

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Darling Renosterveld Reserve

The Darling Renosterveld Reserve was donated by the local Darling authority and is under the care of the Darling Wildflower Society.

The reserve is open all year round and entrance is free, but if you want to see the landscape transform into a carpet of colourful spring flowers the best time to visit is between July and October.

The reserve also hosts the annual, century-old Darling Wildflower Show. Don’t miss this year’s show on from 18-20 September 2015.

Part of the Culture Route and Scenic Route connecting the R27 and N7
Where:  Darling, on the R304
Contact: +27 (0)22 492 3361,  info@darlingtourism.co.za | www.darlingtourism.co.za

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Tienie Versfeld Wild Flower Reserve

This little flower reserve is an absolute gem with generous displays of springtime flowers sprouting from a vast array of veld types.

It’s also a unique remnant of grassland, fynbos and a seasonal wetland within the Swartland, and particularly valued for its bulbous plants.

Part of the Culture Route and Scenic Route connecting the R27 and N7
Where:  Darling, on the R304
Contact: +27 (0)22 492 3361 | info@darlingtourism.co.za | www.darlingtourism.co.za

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Groenekloof Reserve

Situated near the Tienie Versfeld Wild Flower Reserve, the Groenekloof Reserve offers a variety of flowers including Hermannia (lanterns-Poproos), Arctotis (daisies), Drossera (Snotroesie), Chlorophytum and Moraeari tripetala (blue)

Part of the Culture Route and Scenic Route connecting the R27 and N7
Where:  Darling, (R315 alongside the SPCA premises)
Contact: +27 (0)22 492 3361 | info@darlingtourism.co.za | www.darlingtourism.co.za

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Waylands Wildflower Reserve

Waylands Farm, 6km from Darling, has been in the Duckitt family for six generations.

The reserve is open to the public during the flower season and is home to some 300 species with fields of Blue Flaks (Heliophila), Ixia and Arums making themselves visible from the roof.

The Waylands Wildflower Reserve is part of the critically endangered Lowland Fynbos Biome, of which less than 1% remains.

Part of the Culture Route and Scenic Route connecting the R27 and N7
Where: Off the R307 which runs between Mamre and Darling.
Contact: +27 (0)22 492 3361 | info@darlingtourism.co.za |  www.darlingtourism.co.za

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Contreberg

Another one of the flower hotspots clustered around Darling.

The reserve contains a seasonally wet, Swartland Granite Renosterveld area of approximately 10 ha with one of the last populations of a critically endangered orchid species called pteryogodium cruciform.

Part of the Culture Route and Scenic Route connecting the R27 and N7
Where: Next to the R307 on the way to Mamre,
Contact: +27 (0)22 492 3361 |  info@darlingtourism.co.za | www.darlingtourism.co.za

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Postberg

One of the most visited flower hotspots in the Cape West Coast.

Even though it’s part of the West Coast National Park, the Postberg Flower Reserve is not always open to ensure it’s as undisturbed as possible until spring, when it truly rewards the wait.

Keep an eye out for zebra, wildebeest, antelope, ostrich, mongoose, Rock hyrax, snakes, birds, tortoises and of course, a mind-boggling display of flowers.

Part of the Foodie Route on the R27
Opening dates: 1 August – 30 September
Where: West Coast National ParkLangebaan, Cape West Coast
Contact: +27 (0)22 772 2144

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Paternoster

One of the oldest villages on the West Coast, Paternoster is well known for its warm, generous and hospitable people wonderfully complemented by an array of flowers in spring.

Part of the Foodie Route on the R27
Where: Paternoster, R399
Contact: +27 (0)22 752 2323 | info@paternoster.info | www.paternoster.info

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Cape Columbine Nature Reserve

A mere 5 minutes from Paternoster is the Cape Columbine Nature reserve home to an abundance of flora and fauna as well as the last manned lighthouse in South Africa which was built on Castle Rock in 1936.

Cape Columbine lies on a peninsular and covers 263 hectares of gorgeous wild, rocky coastline.

Part of the Foodie Route
Where:  Paternoster, R399
Contact: +27 22 752 2323 | info@paternoster.info | www.paternoster.info

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Piekenierskloof

Known as the “Valley of Flowers” namely Citrusdal and an hour from Clanwilliam. Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort is the perfect base from where to explore the Cederberg Mountains and a spectacular haven in which to unwind whilst enjoying the views. A must-see on the West Coast Way Berg Route.

Part of the Berg Route and Wild Route
Where:  Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort, N7 Piekenierskloof Pass, Citrusdal
Contact: +27 (0)22 921 3574 | pkloof@dreamresorts.co.za

Viewing Tips

Flowers are open between 11:00 – 15:00 which is the warmest part of the day

The sun must be out for the flowers to be open.

Rainy or overcast days are not ideal for wildflower viewing

The day temperature must be at least 18 degrees

For the best viewing experience and photos, keep you back to the sun (flowers face the sun)

Get out of your car and walk around.

Tread lightly, and please don’t trample the plants.

Never pick flowers or bulbs.

Wear long pants, comfortable shoes, and insect repellent when visiting the wildflower fields

Find Darling and Yzerfontein on the West Coast Way Culture Route and Scenic Route.

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West Coast Way is South Africa’s road trip with the most twists. South Africans and visitors can explore a unique collection of themed routes to do adventure-filled Cape West Coast self-drive trips or a West Coast Holiday. The new West Coast Way “basket” of free routes on offer include the West Coast Way Scenic Route, the West Coast Way Berg Route, the West Coast Way Foodie Route, the West Coast Way Cultural Route – as well as the newly launched West Coast Way Wild Route, all of which are designed to showcase the many attractions and activities that are already on offer on the Cape West Coast and inland areas – but may be unknown to many. For more information on West Coast Way’s #WestCoastTwist and the list of 101 Things to Do on the West Coast visit www.westcoastway.co.za or call West Coast Way on 0861 321 777. Connect with West Coast Way on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at WestCoastWaySA.

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