The five best hikes to see spring flowers MzansiBride

Winona Griggs

The top five hikes to witness blooming spring flowers

It’s that time of year again when the flowers come alive with vibrant colors during wild-flower season in Namaqualand. Although you might need a car to explore the vast landscape of Northern Cape, there are a few breathtaking hikes that allow you to stretch your legs. This spring is expected to be especially fascinating because both the Helderberg and Kogelberg Biosphere reserves were ravaged by fire. After the rain, the Kogelberg reserve, in particular, is anticipated to offer an awe-inspiring display of blooming flowers.

“Don’t panic when you see the fires,” says flower enthusiast Dominic Chadbon, also known as The Fynbos Guy. “Believe it or not, fynbos actually needs fire to thrive. After the winter rains, the reserves come alive with a vibrant and chaotic display of flowers in such dazzling colors that it would make a Jackson Pollock painting jealous.”

Get ready to frolic in the flowers on these scenic trails:

West Coast National Park

During August and September, you can explore the two-day Postberg Wild Flower Trail and the Steenbok Day Trail. The highlight, of course, is the breathtaking carpets of flowers. But don’t forget to appreciate the impressive fynbos and keep an eye out for the diverse fauna and birdlife. Call 022 772 2144 or visit www.sanparks.co.za for more information.

Welcome to the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve!
I’m excited to tell you about the fantastic variety of day walks that we have here. Whether you prefer a relaxing stroll along the river or a challenging hike up the mountains, we’ve got you covered. Oh, and have you heard about the overnight Highlands Trail? It’s an adventure like no other. Before you set off, though, make sure to check the trail status, as there may be temporary closures. You can find more information at www.capenature.co.za.

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Now, let me introduce you to the Swart Tobie Trail.
This trail is something truly special. It takes you through a remote and mostly inaccessible part of the Cape West Coast near Koekenaap. Get ready to be immersed in a stunning array of wild flowers and breathtaking beaches. And that’s not all – you’ll also encounter fascinating coastal landforms and, if you’re lucky, catch a glimpse of whales and dolphins. The Swart Tobie Trail offers both two- and five-day options, so you can choose the adventure that suits you best. For more details, give us a call at 0861 52 2262 or visit www.jacanacollection.co.za.

Sevilla Rock Art Trail
I want to tell you about an amazing trail called the Sevilla Rock Art Trail. It’s located along the Brandewyn River in the Cederberg and stretches for about four kilometers. This trail will take you to nine different rock art sites. It’s truly a breathtaking experience, no matter what time of year you visit. But let me tell you, during spring when the flowers are in bloom, it’s absolutely spectacular. The colors and fragrances of the flowers make the whole trail come alive.

If you’re interested in going on this trail, keep in mind that there is a permit fee of R30 for adults. You can get all the information you need by calling 027 482 1824 or visiting www.travellersrest.co.za.

Five-bay Trail
Another trail that I think you’ll love is the Five-bay Trail. It’s a guided trail that takes about two and a half days to complete. The total distance is 28 kilometers, and the trail follows the breathtaking coastline between Paternoster and Jacobsbaai. Along the way, you’ll get to explore five different bays, each with its own unique beauty.

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But it’s not just about the scenery on this trail. It also weaves in the history of fishing in the area, giving you a deeper appreciation for the culture and heritage of the region. If you’re interested in booking this trail, you can contact Exploratory Trails at 0861 872 457 or visit www.capebiosphere.co.za.

Top tips for flower viewing

  • When you’re out there, make sure to squat down and really take a closer look at the flowers. There are so many hidden treasures under those daisies and seemingly plain bushes. You never know what beautiful surprises you might find.

If you’re curious about the world around you, I’ve got a fun activity for you. Take a magnifying glass and prepare to be amazed. Trust me, the level of detail you can see with this little tool is mind-blowing!

To truly maximize your experience, I highly recommend hiring a professional guide like Dominic Chadbon. He’s an expert in this field and can provide you with insider tips and tricks. You can reach Dominic at 072-992-5636 or email him at [email protected]

So, grab your magnifying glass and get ready to embark on a journey of discovery. You won’t believe what you’ll find when you take a closer look!

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