Tag: spring

Kirstenbosch – a place for all seasons

Kirstenbosch shouldn’t need an introduction for anyone who knows much about Cape Town. It truly is a place for all seasons – in more ways than one.
Literally: the ultra-expert team who keep Kirstenbosch looking like the world-renowned botanical garden it is, ensure that it looks spectacular no matter the season. In South Africa it’s spring-time, and the flowers put on quite a show when I was there a few weeks ago.

But it’s all the place for all seasons of life. Right now, in the the season of little children, it’s a place to explore, to run off extra energy, a giant playground.

Pre-kids, this was our Sunday afternoon concert hall. Kids and their busy-ness/schedules/illnesses have prevented regular Sunday afternoon visits to Kirstenbosch’s Summer Sunset Concerts, but we’re hoping this is the summer we get back there more regularly. I highly recommend them if you’re in the area, an amazing venue to listen to the best in SA music. Click here for the 2016/2017 schedule.

We’ve already booked our tickets to see Jeremy Loops and Goldfish – who are you keen to see?

Postberg – a Spring flower day trip

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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