Miracle of Flowers (Seasonal August to end October)
The visitor to Cape Town enters an enchanting realm of Nature that has few equals elsewhere in the world.
Every September Cape Town bursts into bloom when the V&A Waterfront hosts its Spring Flower Show. Show gardens and floral displays brighten up the area around the Clock Tower and Market Square at the V&A Waterfront. Past highlights have included the creation of the world's largest hanging basket on display in the Clock Tower Centre – a tribute to the marriage between structural engineering and gardening. Stroll through the open-air show gardens on Market Square, or for new products, plants and general gardening advice, visit the gardening exhibition inside the Chattles marquee on Clock Tower Square.
Cape Town and its surroundings offer unique seasonal specialities - like the spectacular floral displays that blanket the West Coast during the Spring Flower season, but there are no flowers like those of Darling on the West Coast of Africa. Exhibited as specimens they would not appeal, but in nature they carpet the earth with abundance and unique beauty, and although their reign is of brief duration due to their fragility. They have made history in all parts of the world.
The Darling Wildflower Show has been presented by the Darling Wildflower Society since 1917, the work largely done by volunteers. The society focuses on two significant aspects of the Renosterveld, namely its unique character and the urgent need for its conservation. This has led to the recent founding of the Darling Wildflower Trust, and whilst continuing to support local charities, the income from the show now mainly goes towards conservation initiatives like the Darling Flora Project.
The land looks dry, but hosts a range of fascinating plants, particularly the bizarre array of succulent semi-desert plants. It comes alive in spring when millions upon millions of flowers blossom to carpet the earth in a kaleidescope of colour.
The area receives visitors from around the world to admire this spectacle. This area is one of the six accepted floral kingdoms of the world. Although the smallest of them all, the Western Cape Floral Kingdom, locally called fynbos, contains more plant species than the whole of Europe.
It is a flower kingdom tossed among crags and kloofs - strange and beautiful and solitary. A land too difficult for man, too twisted and contorted by rock, too grudging and infertile. Yet, from this poor and spiritless earth, has grown the world's most dazzling explosion of wild plants, the Cape Fynbos.
Five other kingdoms sprawl across the continents, but the greatest riches are here, in the smallest kingdom, in this jagged realm on the far edge of Africa. Not even the rain forests of the Amazon can compete with the variety of flowers that belong to the Cape mountains and the restless sands that fall along the sea.
Experience the miracle of flowers with Sea More-Express.
Included is a visit to Mamre, Darling, Langebaan, West Coast National Park, Saldanha Bay. A visit to an Ostrich Farm is a highlight of this tour.
To see a World in a grain of sand,
And Heaven in a wild flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand,
And Eternity in an hour.
William Blake (1757-1827)