I’m a flower child at heart, and there’s absolutely nothing I love more than to celebrate spring with a trip to the West Coast National Park. The lovely Guy and Claire offered to come on an adventure with us so we packed a picnic and ventured forth to Postberg for a day of flower frolicking and photography.
Postberg is a mini nature reserve within the West Coast National Park (run by SANParks), and it’s only open to the public for a limited period of time (August & September), which corresponds with flower season. Every year, the Western Cape is famed for the wild blooms that spring up across the country, traversing the landscape in shimmering carpets of whites, oranges, yellows, purples and pinks. The daisies are best at noon, when they collectively unfurl to the afternoon sun’s caress, coating the hills in a snow of petals.
As Postberg is protected, the reserve hosts a plethora of animals and birds, including kudu, antelope, gemsbok and wildebeest, that graze contentedly in the meadows, unperturbed by the hordes of cars streaming by. Due to the delicate ecosystem of flora and fauna, guests are requested to stick to the paths and not go scurrying through the flowers – they’re fragile and easy to crush.
We started our adventure with a picnic by the sea, snacking whilst getting lightly sprayed by the massive waves rolling in. The queue for Postberg had subsided slightly by the time we finished lunch so we drove around the reserve, stopping frequently to admire the scenery and snap some pictures. Tom took most of the pics in this post – it’s very useful dating someone who is also a talented photographer! We also popped into the Postberg picnic spot, which includes a sunny beach and a hill overlooking the ocean.
The whole day, I felt lighter than I’ve felt in ages. It was one of those moments where I felt pure joy, with so much happiness inside me I thought some of it might leak out my toes. Claire said she loves the flowers because they need nothing from humans to bloom – in fact, they’d be more beautiful if we never entered their land. I think this awe of nature was part of my absolute contentment with the world – Tom took this photo of me, which I think reflects the sunbeams radiating out my soul.
And a few more pictures because I just can’t help it:
If you’re planning a trip to the flowers, make sure you leave reasonably early as it takes an hour and a half to two hours to drive to the reserve from Cape Town. Pack water for the car as you might have to queue to get in. SANParks does have card facilities at the gate, but you might want to bring cash – I think it’s a faster way to pay. It’s R64 per adult if you’re a SA citizen with a valid ID. If you’re planning to make a weekend of it, you might want to stay in the dear little town of Darling nearby – we stayed at the Ou Pastorie a few years back which was lovely. Make sure you find time for a visit to the Marmalade Cat for breakfast and pop into Groote Post for wine tasting. Postberg is open from 9am until 5pm. Happy flower frolicking!