“The earth laughs in flowers.”
– Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson:
What are you waiting for, the Flower season has begun.
Where: West Coast National Park
When: August and September
This is an awesome activity for you to do. It is a short drive from Oxford English Academy in Cape Town. Call up some of your new English speaking friends and invite them to see the flowers in purple, yellow, white, blue, orange and pink!
It is early August and the weather is warming up.
Spring is known to begin in September, but the flowers are already starting to show their beautiful faces now, in August. On a clear, sunny day, you are guaranteed to see the fields of flowers on the West Coast. A cold winter, full of rain has prepared the lands for a wild burst of colour. If you have been studying English this winter, here is a great opportunity for you to get out and practice what you have learnt.
So, we put on our hats and hiking shoes, and up the West Coast of South Africa, we go.
The flowers are an excellent excuse to take a trip up the West Coast. Driving from Cape Town, you will pass the kite boarding hub of Bloubergstrand, the power source of Melkbosstrand, the peace of Grotto Bay, a glance of small game in the Jakkalsfontein Nature Reserve, and finally before the masses of flowers, the little harbour hamlet of Yzerfontein. If you keep your eyes open, you will see signs to Groote Post, which is a wine farm that makes the most delicious Chenin Blanc. There is wine tasting available here.
At the gate that leads to flowers
Following the signs, you will take a left turn and arrive at the fascinating West Coast National Park. It will cost between 60 – 150 South African Rand (ZAR) to enter the Park. And oh! It is worth it.
The National park is rich in:
Birding (White Pelican, Flamingo, Egret, African Penguin. etc.),
Mammals (Springbok, Zebra, Eland, Caracal, Rock Hyrax. etc.),
Natural Vegetation(Flowers and Fynbos. etc)
You can do some light walks around the park and have a picnic with your friends. If you would like to stay over, there is accommodation in the Park and surrounding areas, but you need to book beforehand.
Happy in the sunshine
August is the best time to go on this mission, because the National Park gets quite busy in September. If you do decide to go and see the flowers, then you should take this opportunity to practice your English. Ask the Park’s people questions, speak to the other visitors and share your experience. These social events are the best part of learning English in Cape Town.
Photo courtesy of San Parks.org