Flowers!
(SANparks)
  • This year's flowers should be on display between the middle of August and the middle of September, says the West Coast National Park.
  • The rains have been good, so 2021 is on track to be a dazzling year.
  • Here are the opening times and costs for the park's main viewing areas.
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The West Coast region has had good rains this year, says South African National Parks (SANParks), so the 2021 flower viewing season should be another spectacular one.

The flowers are currently expected to be at their peak from the middle of August to the middle of September, said West Coast National Park acting park manager Pierre Nel in a statement announcing the opening of the Postberg section of the park, a carefully protected flower reserve opened only for the spring season.

Postberg is now open, until 30 September.

While the general park, about an hour's drive out of Cape Town, opens at 07:00, the slightly farther away Postberg section is only open from 09:00 every day. The last entry for Postberg is also an hour earlier, at 16:30.

SANParks recommends going on a sunny day, and during the week if at all possible; weekends tend to see both queues at the gates and "congestion in the flower viewing areas", it warns – which can play havoc with attempts to get the perfect photograph of the flowers.

Entry fees are R94 per adult, or R47 for children under 12, for South Africans. For foreign visitors the fees are R210 per person or R105 for a child, except for residents of other SA Development Community (SADC) countries, who get a discount to R144 per person or R72 per child.

(Compiled by Phillip de Wet)

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