Western Cape in bloom

See the Western Cape explode into life as technicolour wild flowers bloom en masse in the African spring

Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens

Head to the farthest reaches of South Africa to see the Western Cape explode into life as dazzling displays of wild flowers bloom in the African spring.

No trip to the Western Cape is complete without a visit to Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens.

Here, prepare to be wowed again in the presence of no fewer than 9,000 of South Africa's 22,000 floral species, all growing majestically in well-tended themed gardens.

The sheer variety of flowers for you to enjoy is taken to another level with conservation as the key focus of Karoo Botanic Garden, which serves as a haven for rare, indigenous, endangered flora and a home for some 70 species of birds.

Traditional moor and heathland environments are preserved in the region’s so-called Fynbos gardens – the word ‘Fynbos’ itself being the local name for heaths and moors.

Beautiful Sandveld

You certainly won’t want to miss the heart-soaring sight of Sandveld in bloom in the fishing town of Velddriff.

This really is something else, with field after field of wild flowers, annuals, perennials and bulbs putting on a supremely colourful springtime feast for the eyes.

And special, individual mention must be made of course – this being South Africa – of the prominence of the King Protea, the national flower of the country, among all these dizzying blooms of the Cape Peninsula.