Route 2: Flowers
DarlingKnown as the wildflower jewel of the West Coast, Darling has presented an annual wildflower show since 1917. Visit the Renosterveld Reserve behind the Darling Primary school; the Tienie Versveld reserve; the Oudepost reserve or the Duckitt Orchid Nurseries. Tourism info: +27 22 492 3361, E-mail: email@example.com,
West Coast National ParkThe West Coast National Park includes a variety of animal habitats and is unusually rich in plant and animal life. The Postberg area is open to the public only during August and September. An admission fee is payable on entering the Park. Tel: +27 22 772 2798
PaternosterVisit the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve and the well-known Tietiesbaai for beautiful spring flowers. During winter, spring and early summer be on the lookout for whales and dolphins. Tourism info: +27 22 752 2323, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org,
Return to Cape Town or overnight in Paternoster.
ClanwilliamEnjoy a glorious drive through countryside filled with wild spring flowers - the trip directly to Clanwilliam from Paternoster is about 155km, but take your time to enjoy what the route has to offer. Clanwilliam is the centre of various short flower routes. Graafwater, Lambertís Bay, Leipoldtville, and the Biedouw Valley can be combined with history, hiking and rock art viewing. The Ramskop Nature Reserve, above the Clanwilliam dam, is home to endemic wildflower species and is a ëmust seeí during August and September.
Tourism info: +27 27 482 2024, E-mail: email@example.com,
Enjoy a leisurely drive back to Cape Town or overnight at one of Clanwilliam's accommodation establishments.
VanrhynsdorpThree botanical kingdoms converge here, namely the Nama Karoo vegetation, the Knersvlakte succulents and Cape Mountain fynbos. This botanical diversity bursts into a kaleidoscope of colour every spring, offering excellent viewing opportunities. Visit the succulent nursery (the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere) in the town.
Tourism info: +27 27 219 1552, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org,
NieuwoudtvilleTake the Vanrhyns Pass via the Bokkeveld escarpment to Nieuwoudtville. Known for its unique vegetation and the 100m high Nieuwoudtville Falls on the Doornrivier. The Vanrhyns Pass offers majestic views of the descent to Namakwalandís coastal terrace. Tourism info: +27 27 218 1336, E-mail: email@example.com
Enjoy a leisurely 3-hour drive back to Cape Town.
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