Spring Wild Flowers & the Biedouw Valley

Spring wild flowers and flower viewing excursions in the Cederberg

Flower-viewing in the Cederberg

At certain times of the year (basically August) a visit to the spring wild flowers can be a real highlight for many visitors. This spring phenomenon is typically at its peak in mid August. But it does depend on the rains.

After good winter rains the normally dry land of agter-Pakhuis can become a carpet of spring flowers with nemesias, lachenalias, babiana and ixias seen in great profusion. The Biedouw valley is often a mecca. But other good areas for spring flowers include the Botterkloof valley and Nardouwsberg. However the spring flower time varies every year. 

During the spring flower season, we incorporate some flower-viewing into our excursions from the lodge. Usually we extend our Sevilla rock art tour to also visit the Bidouw valley with a picnic lunch.

However if the timing of our flower tours doesn't suit you, you can also enjoy a self-drive tour over the Pakhuis Pass to the Biedouw Valley.  

Base yourself in the Cederberg?

if you are booking late for the spring flowers, you may find it hard to get accommodation, especially in Nieuwoudtville as there is very little accommodation available in this small hamlet. Why not base yourself in Clanwilliam for 3 nights? You can do day trips to Nieuwoudtville,  the Biedouw valley and the West Coast? Plus the circular drive to Nieuwoudtville via the Botterkloof and Van Reyns passes is stunning!

Timing of the Flowers

The best spring flower displays are usually in early to late August. Not September as many people think! The Clanwilliam Flower Show is held at the end of August each year. (It is usually the last weekend in August to the first weekend in September.) This is a superb exhibition of all the flowers in the region.

In good years (lots of winter rain) the flowers can continue into early September. But if it's flowers you want, come in August!

Note: See this article for more on flower-viewing in the Cederberg