Au­gust – Septem­ber

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

WHERE Clan­william and the Ceder­berg is a play­ground of note; the town’s an­nual wild­flower show in the old church is not to be missed (24 Au­gust – 2 Septem­ber). HOTSPOT The wild­flower gar­den at Ram­skop Na­ture Re­serve, over­look­ing Clan­william Dam, is a colour­ful cornocu­pia of blooms. En­try is R25 pp. Open un­til 4.30pm. 027-482-8000 BACK ROAD The rough track south from Wup­perthal to Matjies­riv­ier Na­ture Re­serve passes shep­herds’ huts and rooi­bos tea plan­ta­tions deep in the moun­tains, but you’ll need a high­clear­ance ve­hi­cle (and a 4x4 af­ter rain). Un­less you have a per­mit from Al­ge­ria camp, you can’t en­ter the re­serve. SPE­CIALS Blazes of rocket pin­cush­ions ( Leo­cosper­mum re­flexum) on moun­tain hikes. LO­CAL CURIOSITY The grave in a cave on Pakhuis Pass (R364) is the last rest­ing place of C. Louis Leipold, renowned poet and cook­book au­thor – an early pro­po­nent of ‘slow food’. SE­CRET SPOT The Biedouw Val­ley bursts into bloom as early as July (it’s on the road to Wup­perthal af­ter you turn off the R364). The Tra Tra River Val­ley south of Wup­perthal is also a flower hotspot. EAT HERE Traveller’s Rest Farm Stall, just be­yond Pakhuis Pass, is the spot for roost­erkoek and tra­di­tional dishes. Open 9am to 6pm. It also is­sues per­mits for the Sevilla Rock Art Trail. 027-482-1824 STAY HERE Enjo Na­ture Farm has small cot­tages (from R520 for two) and camp­ing (R80 pp) right on the river. 027-482-2869, soul­coun­try.info

ROCKET PINCUSHION Ram­skop Na­ture Re­serve over­looks Clan­william Dam, on the Oli­fants River.

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