23 August 2021
Spring is just around the corner, a time when Cape Town’s spring flowers are showcased across the city.
Flowers blossoming currently include the Cape White Daisy, Vygies, Gazanias, Pelargoniums, Arum Lilies, Kelkiewyn, Viooltjie and Bobbejaantjie, to name a few.
Local city reserves such as Tygerberg; Bracken; Witzands Aquifer and False Bay offer the perfect spots to enjoy these sights.
Other nature areas within the city’s neighbourhoods offering beautiful spaces to view spring flowers include Bothasig, Durbanville, Brackenfell and Strandfontein nature reserves.
Says the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt: “I find that many [people] are not aware of the picturesque reserves and conservation areas within our neighbourhoods.”
“We are so spoilt with many conserved spots which are well managed by the City and showcase the natural beauty Cape Town has to offer. No need to drive too far to see this year’s spring blooms, they are popping up within our reserves, the daisies are already brightening up the landscapes.”
Other flowers that have been spotted this season include the Spider flower; Fuzzy Cape Spinach; Afrikaner, Fringe Tulp; Blue Beard Lionface; Rosy Sandcrocus; Orange Satyre and Blue Cap.
The Bothasig Nature Reserve, a recently proclaimed nature reserve, is also already showing off with spring flowers. The reserve is appreciated by the surrounding community in Bothasig and Edgemead, who enjoy walks at the reserve while taking in the scenic views of Tygerberg hills and Table Mountain.
The Bothasig nature reserve is a good example of a previously degraded area that is slowly recovering through the City’s Biodiversity Management’s rehabilitation efforts. Environmental education programmes have also been carried out on site and in future, the reserve management envisions hosting events and other recreational activities that will include the local community.
The City Nature Reserves boast beautiful spring flowers each year. Visitors and residents should not miss out. The best time to view flowers is in the afternoon, when the sun is out. Any time between late morning and 15h00 is advised.
Visitors are reminded to please wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth at all times, to wash their hands often with soap and water, or to use hand sanitiser, and to observe the social distancing that is required in terms of the Covid-19 health and safety protocols.