They say the earth laughs in flowers. That is why Flower Season is one of the most special, stunning and astonishing times of the year.
Kagga Kamma is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the flower season. There are hundreds of species of plants that bare beautiful flowers. Some of the plants flower in summer, some of them flower in winter, but the most beautiful flowers show themselves in the spring time.
If you want to experience the wild flowers of Kagga Kamma the best time to visit would be from September to October.
Top three ways to make the most of your flower viewing trip:
Adventurer, photographer, relaxer or explorer; Kagga Kamma’s fairy tale Flower Season is the perfect all-round escape. Whether you stop and smell the flowers or take a wild ride to appreciate the big picture; go on foot, two wheels or four – every way is the right way.
Flowers, camera, action! Flowers + Kagga Kamma’s unique, dramatic scenery in the background = award winning photos. The wild flowers in the Cederberg are some of the finest in the world.
Exceptional, extraordinary, and outstanding. Appreciate the bright colours of the veld by day and delight in gazing at the stars for hours by night; enjoying the peace, quiet and tranquillity of this fairy-tale-like getaway destination.
Top three tips for flower viewing:
Get your timing right! The best time to view flowers is between 11 am and 4 pm. Sleep a little later, enjoy breakfast and embark on your flower journey.
Book your date! Flower season is short and bookings are made way in advance. Ideally, you should book for late August or early September.
Head north! Travel north and then do your flower viewing in a southerly direction so that the flowers are facing you – as flowers face the sun.
Your guide to Flower Season in the Cederberg:
About the flowers in the Cederberg area: The Cederberg has the power to make you fall in love with it over and over again, each time you visit. It has an exceptional botanical diversity, with the largest variety of wild flower species, many growing nowhere else in the world. The experience here is not like your typical Cape Flower Season one. Don’t expect large areas carpeted in flowers, here the search for flower-treasures is a little more challenging, but oh-so-much-fun! The splashes of colour occur amongst the other vegetation and are dotted over more widespread areas. But, the rewards are great with many rare jewels – not found anywhere else on earth – to be discovered.
Explore the beauty and wilderness: The Cederberg is one of the best areas to view ancient Rock Art sites in the world and is known for its red-brown weathered sandstone formations. Plants are described as Drier Mountain Fynbos and you can see for miles because the area is largely treeless. This area is also home to many Antelope, bird and smaller animal species.
Where is the Cederberg? The Cederberg is about a two to two and a half hour drive from Cape Town in the Western Cape.
What type of car do I need? You do not need a 4 x 4 vehicle to visit the Cederberg area, the main roads are tarred but many of the attractions of this mountainous region take you onto gravel roads.
What to pack for flower season? The Cederberg has a great climate – hot sunny days throughout summer and mild, often sunny days in winter. Spring is generally sunny and warm with some cooler weather and the evenings are generally still cool to cold. What to pack: It can be warm during the day, so short-sleeves are good, a warm jacket for the evenings, a rain jacket in case it rains and comfortable shoes or sandals in which you can walk easily over uneven ground.
Flowers have a way of changing the way we view the world. Flowers are more than beautiful objects to look at or embellish our world with; flowering plants provide us and the rest of the animal world with the nourishment that is fundamental to our existence and they serve a very important purpose in the ecosystem and in the greater circle of life.