I have clear memories of childhood day trips to see the flowers on the West Coast. Some of these memories were probably cemented by the fact that I lost a tooth on one trip – and amazingly the tooth fairy found me and left a coin under a bush!

So I was really looking forward to taking our girls this spring, and did so a few weeks ago. We went to West Coast National Park, about 1-1.5 hours outside Cape Town, and home to the beautiful Postberg Flower Reserve which is only open during flower season (August and September).

An early start is recommended as the reserve can get crowded later in the day. Vygevallei farm stall on the R27 is a useful coffee pit stop, with lawns, a jungle gym and a few farm animals to keep the kids entertained.

The entrance to West Coast National Park is directly off the R27. Visit their website for the latest details on opening hours, costs etc.

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