Spring wild flowers of the Cederberg & West Coast
The spring wild flowers of the Cederberg & West Coast, and north to Namaqualand enjoy a well-deserved reputation. These areas receive little rain throughout the year. After the winter rains which typically fall between May and into August, the arid landscape becomes a carpet of wild flowers. The wide variety of wild flowers in this area is largely due to the varied topography. Fertile valleys contrast with high mountains, the semi-desert plains of the north contrast with the unique sandveld region near the coast with its wetter vlei areas.
We recommend that you combine viewing the spring wild flowers with general touring of these areas as the exact timing of the flowers varies. Typically the flower season peaks between early August and early September and its extent depends on the nature of the winter rains. Generally the flowers start in Namaqualand in late July/early August, in the Cederberg in early to mid August and on the West Coast from late August onwards.
As the wild flowers face the sun, a good general principle is to travel north relatively quickly and then do most of your flower-viewing in a southerly direction so that the flowers are always facing you. We can advise you on which country lodges will give you the best overall flower-viewing.
Check out our blog post on Tips for flower viewing on the West Coast for more info… and remember to BOOK EARLY…