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

WHERE The Dar­ling Wild­flower Show (14 – 16 Septem­ber) is one of the old­est in SA, where you can see some of the 1 200 species found lo­cally, such as in the Tie­nie Versveld Wild Flower Re­serve (022-492-3361). HOTSPOT West Coast Na­tional Park and its aqua­ma­rine la­goon get an added at­trac­tion when the neigh­bour­ing pri­vate Post­berg Na­ture Re­serve opens its gates to the pub­lic in Au­gust and Septem­ber (daily 9am to 5pm) to share its flo­ral bounty and re­mark­able views. En­try in flower sea­son is R76 pp. The park closes later in Septem­ber, at 7pm (ex­clud­ing Post­berg). 022-772-2144 BACK ROAD It looks al­most like snow when the chincher­inchees bloom on the hills be­tween Dar­ling and the R27 near Grotto Bay. Fol­low the farm road past Groote Post Wines. SPE­CIALS Clumps of deep pink Dar­ling froetang ( Ro­mulea ex­ima) bloom in the lo­cal flower re­serves. LO­CAL CURIOSITY Tan­nie Evita Bezuiden­hout is Dar­ling’s most ex­otic bloom, thanks to satirist Pi­eter-Dirk Uys. A visit to Evita se Per­ron is a must.

SE­CRET SPOT The 85-hectare wild­flower re­serve at Way­lands Farm out­side Dar­ling (on the R315) has been pre­served by gen­er­a­tions of con­ser­va­tion-minded farm­ers. 022-492-2873 EAT HERE Hilda’s Kitchen in Groote Post’s gra­cious manor house is a trib­ute to Hilde­gonda Duckitt, South Africa’s doyenne of coun­try kitchens. Open 12pm to 2pm, Wed­nes­days to Sun­days. Book­ing es­sen­tial. 022-492-2825 STAY HERE At Duinepos, each chalet has its own braai, but there’s also a com­mu­nal braai area down at the pool – nice for groups. From R372 pp shar­ing. 022-707-9900,

One of the joys of spring is ex­plor­ing the Post­berg Na­ture Re­serve on foot, only open to the pub­lic in Au­gust and Septem­ber.

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