Flower season has kicked off with much splendor. Visitors will be flocking to the inland areas of the province and the coastal belt to enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature, with SANParks telling journalists that they expect “an excellent flower-viewing season” at the West Coast National Park thanks to all the good rains.
“We anticipate the flowers to be good from the second half of August up until mid-September. Visitors should select sunny days to visit the park. If at all possible, it is advisable to plan your visit on a weekday. Weekend days are often very busy with queues developing at the gate, and congestion in the flower viewing areas,” says Pierre Nel, acting park manager for the West Coast National Park.
It is important that visitors to these areas remember basic safety measures, so that they can remember the outing for all the right reasons.
“If you stop anywhere along the side of the road to get out and view the flowers, please remember not to leave any valuable items in your car where they are in full view of anyone walking past. Make sure that your car is locked properly and the windows are closed,” says Verena Hulme, Cape Town North district manager at Fidelity ADT.
Keep in mind that there are specific requirements which apply inside the Park itself, such as a posted 50kmh speed limit and a request for people to stay inside their cars.
Hulme also recommends keeping emergency contact numbers saved onto your phone, which should include contact details for anyone that can offer roadside assistance in case of a breakdown. “We hope you enjoy the beauty of this year’s flower season.”