I just moved to a new apartment last Thursday evening so when Saturday morning came, my plan was to run at the beach, go to the neighborhood’s well-known coffee shop while enjoying the Table Mountain view, do some grocery shopping, sort my stuff as I wasn’t able to do it from the previous days because of work and catch up with blogging. In that specific order.
Then my colleague texted me and asked me if I’m up for a drive in West Coast National Park – a park known for its bird life and spring flowers and which is a must for your South African itineraries.
And the always looking-for-adventure-girl that I am, said yes. Seriously, is this even a question? 😉
Fifteen minutes later after I texted back, my colleague arrived. I didn’t bother changing my running outfit and just grabbed my backpack and camera and off we go for another mesmerizing road trip here in South Africa.
As we drove to the reserve, my colleague started worrying that flowers might not be in full bloom yet as the hills on both sides of the West Coast highway didn’t look promising. So we decided to drop by in Grotto Bay to check.
Grotto Bay is a nice small village along the coast of West Coast municipality. The small settlement consists of post card perfect houses overlooking the rugged and rocky beach of the area in the middle of green meadow.
As we drove towards the coast of Grotto Bay, my colleague realized that the flowers are already blooming. We weren’t just seeing them as we were driving toward the sun and these wild flowers “face” where ever the sun is. A natural process known as heliotropism. So as we continued to drive along the West Coast, I had to look behind the car to see the amazing blanket of colorful flowers.
The drive up North was quite interesting as South Africa proved once again its diverse and beautiful landscapes. The West Coast highway is a long stretch of national high way that connects Western Cape to Namibia. This almost straight highway between hills could have been boring if not for the different colors and diversity of the landscape. One moment, we’re driving between a semi-Arab desert, or between colorful rolling hills or with a good view of the coast or even white sand dunes.
Our next stop is the Tienie Versfeld Wild Flower Reserve in Darling – a small town about an hour from Cape Town. And this place is where dreams are made of (AKA laying a blanket on the fields and read a book with sunshine on your face). I don’t have enough words to describe this place so I’ll use pictures instead.
We spent most of our time here and since we were pressed on time, we didn’t continue driving to the West Coast National Park anymore. Instead, we drove back to Cape Town to check out the wild flowers along the highway that we failed to see earlier. And boy, if the Tienie Versfeld is where the dreams are made of, this random field that we found along the highway is what paradise means! I don’t know the exact location of this field but it is probably about 2-3 km from Grotto Bay. It will come first if you are driving from Cape Town.
These random wild flower fields in Western Cape is the highlight of my day for me. Sun flowers, canolas and different varieties of wild flowers are dancing with the wind for me. If it wasn’t too cold to stay on these fields, I could have stayed longer and watched them all day. To see more of these wild flowers fields, watch the video below.