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Flower Getaways

Fynbos – translated as ‘fine bush’ – is one of the Cape’s most magnificent and abundant gifts. It forms part of the majestic Cape Floral Kingdom which holds rank as the world’s richest flower kingdom. Consisting of shrub- and heathlands occurring on scenic coastal plains and on mountain slopes of the south western and southern Cape, Fynbos  – … Continue reading “Fabulous Fynbos Holiday Hotspots of the Western Cape and Garden Route”

“One of the beautiful and inspiring things about fynbos“, says the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, “is how it thrives and proliferates in such harsh and adverse conditions. It is subjected to scorching summer droughts, heavy winter downpours, gale force winds, nutrient-poor soils and recurring fires and yet these unkind conditions are the prerequisites of its … Continue reading “‘Adapted to Perfection’ – A Note About Fire-Hardy Cape Fynbos”

On a sunny late-September afternoon we visited the Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden at Worcester, Western Cape. We were almost transfixed by the dazzling colours of the vygies (mesembs), which looked absolutely triumphant in large clumps of yellow, mauve, red, orange and pink. Meandering along the pathways, we saw a variety of desert and semi-desert plants, but … Continue reading “Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden Through the Lens of the Exclusive Getaways Camera”

In Spring the West Coast comes alive with flowers. There are many places along the West Coast to enjoy the Spring flowers – and we’ve visited a few lately – but be sure to see the wild veld flowers in the Darling area on your next West Coast getaway. The roadsides burst into colour and reserves are decked out … Continue reading “West Coast Spring Flower Magic: All the Glory of the Wild Veld Flowers at Darling”

Placid estuary, stilted water birds, bunches of bokkoms and homegrown boat cruises – these and cheery, unpretentious small-town living are what the coastal town of Velddrif on the Cape’s West Coast are all about. Set on the estuary where the Berg River flows into St. Helena Bay, the town is an inviting habitat for birds, … Continue reading “Boats, Bokkoms and Good Cheer – On Tap at Velddrif on the Cape’s West Coast”

To celebrate the first day of Spring in South Africa, we’re sharing the pics we took on Saturday at Cape Point. After a week of wild storms and heavy rain, Capetonians were able to step out into a gorgeously clear day on Saturday, the world looking bright and beautiful again. We spent the day in … Continue reading “Cape Point in Pictures to Celebrate Spring”

The beauty of the West Coast National Park on the Cape’s West Coast is almost astounding. Feast on sights of rock-studded shorelines, sand dunes white as milk, the bright turquoise waters of the Langebaan Lagoon, and majestic carpets of flowers in springtime. As if this were not enough, the park will also delight you with sightings of many … Continue reading “Put Some Spring in Your Step. Head for the Flowers and the West Coast National Park”

Soon Spring will be delivering its festive wildflower displays,  so start planning a blooming good Spring flower getaway. One superb wildflower getaway option is Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in the Little Karoo. Spring brings colourful carpets of flowers to the area – daisies feature abundantly, but there are also some pretty unusual varieties to be seen. … Continue reading “Wild About Flowers: A Spring Getaway at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve”

Soak up the best of Paternoster at the gorgeous Abalone House, sitting pretty beside the ocean in the delightful fishermans-village that holds good as one of the great charm-spots of the West Coast . It’s a sublime, boutique-style overnight stay, where you can take afternoon-tea-by-the-sea, and fine dine in a wonderfully cosy setting. 

South Africa is endowed with nine spectacular National Botanical Gardens. Each is special in its own way, revealing different regional plant treasures and unique collections and displays.

We stood there, utterly incredulous, our breath catching at the sheer wonder of it all – the veld at Darling on the West Coast in its fantastic Spring glory. We were at Waylands, one of Darling’s flower reserves that is open to the public for viewing of the wild flowers in Spring.

How exciting to see the first signs of Spring! In some parts of the Cape landscapes are already brightly abloom with Spring flowers. The whales are another Spring gift, and they’ve been seen already in some of our warm, sheltered bays. So why not put some spring in your step, quite literally, and skip off … Continue reading “The Joys of Spring: Plan a Getaway during Flower and Whale Season”

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