It's all about seeing the magnificent wild flowers in the Postberg section of the West Coast National Park.
The park is famous for two months of the year—August and September—when this flower-rich section of the reserve opens. Mother Nature unfurls her petals, displaying endless fields of daisies and floral splendour of immense expanse and beauty. The flowers blend into palettes of colour, resembling huge carpets of orange, yellow, white and purple.
As you round each bend and hill, a new gem awaits you. Taking photographs becomes a compulsion. It’s not just the daisy-like flowers that are captivating, but also the many other delicate orchid- and lily-like blossoms that you notice when you get up close—a rare privilege for those enjoying the park on foot.
Such was our good fortune. Most visitors drive through the Park and may stop and get out of their cars at designated view spots. Of these there are many, as the Park is situated on a Peninsula, flanked by the Langebaan Lagoon on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other.
Our group was fortunate to be part of only a handful of hikers on the 16km Steenbok Hiking Trail, which meanders through the most scenic parts of the park. The trail takes you away from the roads and cars of the many visiting day-trippers. This enables you to savour the myriads of flowers and plants, to wonder awestruck at the diversity that exists in these fields.
Fortunately, the Western Cape has had good rains this winter, so the flowers are absolutely splendid—they say the best in ten years.
Floral splendour is not all that the Park offers its visitors. As we climbed to the top of the only hill on the hike, we spotted a herd of zebra and a couple of springbok grazing contentedly not far away. They observed us briefly, and then decided to move on to another grazing spot.
Seeing wild animals such as these—as well as bontebok, eland, bat-eared foxes and many tortoises—is a bonus, and another reason for a visit to this iconic Park: a must see activity when in Cape Town.
Cape by Design Tours offers full-day and multiple-day tours to this region. A visit to the park can be combined with a trip to the wilderness areas of the Cederberg Mountains, famous for its many hikes and one of the largest sites where San Rock Art can be seen.