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No need to travel all the way to Namakwaland to see the Spring flowers.  The West Coast National Park is about an hour from the centre of Cape Town. With Sea Views!

Today however, it was the Spring flowers we came to see.  As it turns out, did most of the Western Cape.  Sunday afternoon picnic venue, by the beach nogal.  A big negative were the prices at the gate – R60 per person for South Africans, and R128 per person for foreigners – what the hell!  As if our tourism needs to discriminate right now!  None the less, in single file we inched along the scrubland; inched being the operative word.  Mama vocal about the disappointing show of flowers.  Wait, I pleaded, and enjoy the ride.

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The colour of the water is blinding.  Because of the pristine, white sand, hues of turquoise and aqua is startling, sparkling.  One can walk for miles along the beach and lagoon.  Gorgeous names like Plankiesbaai and Preekstoel to roll around the tongue – eg, as the Dutch would say and I kept thinking what those early sailors must have though when approaching the Cape.  Mama is still looking for the flowers and sure enough a few appear along the side of the road.  No chance of seeing many the advertised game in the middle of the day, but as caution would have it, tortoises do have a knack for crossing the road and it is such fun watching those big assed Pradas and Range Rovers come to a grinding halt for slow coach to cross.  Repeating nature in action.  Many enthusiasts stopped at the first sight of a petal, spending a good ten minutes clicking a single bloom.

IMG_9717  As the trail progressed, the first field of orange emerged.  Orange mixed with yellow, with purple, with blue.  The Postberg section of the Game Reserve is the floral destination.  No higher than my ankle, swathes of colour clouded the Wildebeest and Eland in the distance.  Along with my fellow admirers, we parked on the side of the road and ventured forth to get the best photo opportunity, and did I miss my Canon at this point.  Ah well, the little iPhone will have to do.  It took nearly a full hour to drive around the flowers.

IMG_9720When you visit South Africa,  you much make this a favourite in your itinerary.  At any time of the year, for the beaches, marine life, game and indigenous fauna will take your breath away.  Still annoyed with the price issue, I hope it does not impact negatively on my foreign friends and clients, for this is a spectacular Reserve.  And if a picnic is uppermost, make sure you take all your supplies – not too many shops and restaurants here, but I think it is intended this way.  Rather pack the sarmies, roll up the trousers and discover nature as she should be seen.

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4 thoughts on “Spring flowers @ West Coast National Park

  • September 13, 2015 at 8:21 pm
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    How do the gate keepers at the West Coast National Park, differentiate between local South Africans and foreign visitors when determining what price to charge? It seems ridiculous to me that there should be difference.

  • September 14, 2015 at 4:18 am
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    You are asked for you ID. Apparently they do it at most of the parks, and I was told Kruger too. When asked to explain the man at the gate said, he had no idea why. I work for the National Trust in England, and they do not discriminate between locals and foreigners … not great marketing. Thanks for the comment

  • September 14, 2015 at 4:24 am
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    Thanks Karen for your response. I will be visiting SA from the USA next year and at least , thanks to you, I will be forewarned. I love following your posts and knowing that you are spending such precious time with your mother.

  • September 14, 2015 at 4:26 am
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    Hello again. Thank you for your kind comments and should you need any help with planning your trip next year to South Africa, or ever to England and France, this is the place! Sleep well x

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