14 August 2013 by Andrea Weiss

Daisies spring to life

Keep a promise to yourself this spring, and go and see the daisies

Daisies carpet the Biedouw Valley on route to the mission station of Wupperthal. All images by Leanne Pohlmann

Clanwilliam, a leisurely two-and-a-half hour drive from Cape Town, is well worth a visit in spring.

It’s an ideal weekend retreat for nature lovers, centrally located close to the Cederberg Mountains, the West Coast and the annual wildflower splendour of Namaqualand.

Carpets of daisies greeted us in the Biedouw Valley

The best time for flowers is generally from early August to late September, depending on the preceding winter's rainfall.

The Clanwilliam Wildflower Society says that the 2013 season promises to be spectacular, following the devastating fires in January which will have encouraged new growth and many species to flower. So make the most of the next few weeks and plan your trip up the West Coast.

We visited during the second weekend in August, and the daisies were in full bloom already. With the sunny weather playing along, the landscape of the Biedouw Valley, traditionally one of the best places in the Cederberg to see flowers, was transformed.

The road to the Biedouw Valley in the Cederberg is gravel
Bright splashes of colour against an arid backdrop

If you feel like spoiling yourself, check in at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Centre, voted 'one of the best places in the world to stay' by Conde Nast Traveller UK. It's only 47km from Clanwilliam via the Pakhuis Pass, and it's now tarred all the way to the gate.

And if you can take the time, don't miss out on the Clanwilliam Wild Flower Show from 29 August until 8 September 2013.

To really appreciate the flowers, it's essential you get out of your car and get up close to them

TIP: the flowers only open on sunny days, so check the weather forecast before you head off. The best time to view the flowers is from around 11am, and remember that you should have the sun at your back (as the blooms will all be facing towards you) if you want to see them at their best.

Category: Routes & Trails

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