Mid-July to mid-Au­gust

Getaway (South Africa) - - Travel Cape Flower Route -

WHERE Car­pets of or­ange daisies trans­form Spring­bok and its nor­mally dusty en­vi­rons – even the road verges in town daz­zle the eye. The gar­den at the Dutch Re­formed Church on a kop­pie in the mid­dle of town is worth vis­it­ing. HOTSPOT The 15 000-hectare Goe­gap Na­ture Re­serve just out­side Spring­bok is where you’ll see real spring­bok graz­ing amid the flowers in val­leys sur­rounded by rugged hills. The Hester Malan Wild Flower Gar­den at the in­ter­pre­ta­tion cen­tre will make you look at suc­cu­lents with new eyes. There are shaded pic­nic sites dot­ted around the val­ley and a 4x4 trail. En­try is R30 pp. It stays open un­til 6pm in sea­son. BACK ROAD From Okiep to the old mis­sion village of Con­cor­dia is an easy drive on tar through farm­lands where some farm­ers gen­er­ously leave their gates open so that vis­i­tors can get up close to the flowers. SPE­CIALS Quiver trees or koker­bome look like trees be­cause they grow up to nine me­tres tall, but they are ac­tu­ally suc­cu­lents ( Aloe di­chotoma). Their pat­terned bark and yel­low flowers in spring make them very pho­to­genic. LO­CAL CURIOSITY The smelter smoke­stack at Okiep is a re­minder that this was the world’s rich­est cop­per mine back in the 1870s. SE­CRET SPOT At Con­cor­dia, take a sign­posted de­tour to Or­bicule Kop to see or­bic­u­lar gran­ite (or dior­ite), a rare rock tex­ture with con­cen­tric in­ter­nal bands in a ma­trix, formed about a bil­lion years ago. EAT HERE Spring­bok Lodge’s restau­rant serves pizza and burg­ers ga­lore. Open 7am to 9.30pm daily, Sun­days from 8am. Also check out its won­der­ful dis­play of min­er­als and rocks col­lected in the area. 027-712-1321 STAY HERE Goe­gap Na­ture Re­serve has a camp­site (R90 for two), a ba­sic fourbed unit with no elec­tric­ity (R160 for two) and new, fully equipped chalets (R320 for two). 027-718-9906, goe­gap@out­look.com

Along the road from the for­got­ten min­ing town of Okiep to Con­cor­dia, some farm­ers give ac­cess to vis­i­tors to stop and see the flowers up close.

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