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South Africa’s natural wildflower show: Coming to an area near you

South Africa is home to 10% of the world’s flowering species, with over 22,000 indigenous plants in our backyard. Pack your bags – it’s time to head off.


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You’ve probably heard of the Clanwilliam, Darling and Namaqualand spring flowers, but we’ve selected four more places you can visit to quench your wildflower frolicking search.

Visit these places for SA’s best wildflowers

Mpumalanga is cosmos country

The route is named after the daisy-like white, pink and purple-coloured flowers.

It lies along the south western part of Mpumalanga and can be seen in towns such as Secunda, Greylingstand and Delmas.

Although these stunning plants are considered to be weeds, the trip to see them is worth it. Interestingly, the cosmos country region is also known as the “energy belt” of Mpumalanga, as South Africans get most electricity from the region’s power stations.

Kroonstad, Bloemfontein

Kroonstad, also known as “crown town,” is like a picture from the French region, Toulouse with its yellow and brown colours.

For those travelling the Cape Town to Johannesburg route during September and October months, you need to add this quaint town to your itinerary. The region is also known for its agricultural products including maize, wool and dairy and a visit there is the perfect way to escape the city life.

Wildflowers in the Overberg, Western Cape

An Instagram favourite, the canola fields are without a doubt, the most popular picture of flower fields taken by South Africans. The yellow display along the Overberg stretch along the N2 highway includes towns such as Swellendam, Onrus and Riviersonderend, with Caledon being the closest location for Capetonians.

Canola has many uses — from cooking to biodiesel; the canola meal (which is left after the seeds are crushed) is used to feed animals.

Postberg wildflower reserve, West Coast

The West Coast National Park is approximately 90 kilometres from Cape Town and it is well worth the drive, as the reserve is only open to the public during its wildflower season.

The spring flower phenomenon that occurs each year, includes flowers such as daisies, fynbos and 480 other plant species. The park also boasts a pristine, secluded beach, with azure waters called Kraalbaai beach.

Spend the day at the park and enjoy activities such as hiking, swimming, bird watching and picnicking. For more information on park entry fees and activities click here.