Flower season, usually at its peak in the months of August and September, is a feature at various South African national parks. A day drive or an overnight quickie out of Cape Town and you are transformed to places of extraordinary seasonal beauty, recognised as UNESCO heritage sites and national treasures.
Namaqua National Park: During early August and September, seemingly overnight, the dusty valleys of Namaqualand are transformed into a wonderland, carpeted with wildflowers that draw visitors from around the country and from abroad.
Tankwa Karoo National Park: The remarkable endemism and diversity of the Succulent Karoo flora, generally at its most spectacular from August to October, is one of the more prominent aspects of the park. The Lowland Succulent Karoo is described as very sparse shrub land and dwarf shrub land (< 0.3m). The Upland Succulent Karoo, which includes the Roggeveld and Elandsberg Mountains, is described as generally consisting of small to medium sized shrubs and succulents.
West Coast National Park: Just inland from the secluded harbour of Saldanha Bay, and only 1.5 hour’s drive from Cape Town’s City Centre, one finds the azure waters of the Langebaan Lagoon, focal point of the West Coast National Park.
Flower season in the West Coast National Park is at its peak from August to September annually. During these two months visitors to the park will see a wide variety of flowers on display, from daisies, to bulbs etc. Large areas of flowers can be seen in the Seeberg/Mooimaak and Postberg areas.