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Best places to enjoy spring in Cape Town and surrounds

Spring is a glorious time in the Western Cape. Even in the midst of the severest drought, Cape Town and its surrounds burst back into life and colour, rediscovering themselves after a long, cold winter in the Cape.

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With this thought in mind, there’s no better time to explore the Mother City so check out these top places in Cape Town and surrounds this spring:

Cape Town Beaches

1 – Explore the vastness of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Kirstenbosch is famous across SA, and the globe, for being a treasure trove of natural beauty and amazing outdoor wonder all year around – but never more so than during Spring! Few public spaces in the Mother City are as pretty and lush as this expansive, national botanical garden is.

Stroll through the vast labyrinth that is K-bosch, enjoy a spot of tea and sandwiches at the café, or pack in a homemade picnic lunch and spend some quality time out in the sunshine and fresh spring air.

Although it requires paid entry, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens make for a really wonderful experience for the whole family to indulge in, with plenty of open space for little ones to run around unhindered and pretty spots for parents and couples to relax.

For more information, contact Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on: (021) 799 8782.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

2 – Wonder over to West Coast National Park

With hidden beaches, secret coves, one gorgeous lagoon and some of the Cape’s most epic braai spots, the West Coast National Park is an amazing place to visit during springtime… and that’s before you even add the wonderland of vivid blooms, which pop up every Spring and grant this national park some serious flower power. Particularly if you can visit Postberg (which is open during August and September annually).

The park is a relatively short drive from the Mother City, as day trips go, so you can easily travel there for a day of fun and adventure – or, if you prefer, rent out a house boat or one of the delightful self-catering cottages nestled protectively within the West Coast National Park’s vast perimeter.

Again, it’s paid entry but oh-so-worth it, especially as there is so much to see and do here! Especially with all the stunning natural scenery and wealth of flora and fauna you will get to discover here.

For more information, visit: www.sanparks.org.

West Coast National Park

3 – Head to Oranjezicht City Farm Market (OZCF)

The OZCF market is one of Cape Town’s most beloved markets. Part-indoor, part-outdoor, this scenic, popular Granger Bay market, located near the V&A Waterfront’s The Lookout Event Venue, is a wonderful place to go for a weekly fruit and veg shop; delicious homemade or organic foods, health drinks and all kinds of other fun and goodies too!

It’s one of a few free-to-enter organic markets and is a rare find in any city. It bustles every Saturday, full to the brim with contented visitors, from morning to mid-afternoon. Four-legged friends (dogs) are also welcome, provided you keep them on a short leash.

Oranzezicht City Farm

For more information, visit: www.ozcf.co.za.

 

4 – Explore the Cape Winelands

Few regions are as beautiful as the Cape’s wonderful winelands. Stretching from Somerset West to Montagu, there are so many awesome, award-winning wine farms to enjoy in this beautiful stretch of the Cape.

Whether you visit Franschhoek or historic Stellenbosch, pretty Paarl or Wellington – or even the lush Durbanville Wine Valley or beyond, you are sure to encounter some wonderful wines, top-class estates, beautiful cellars and some great experiences in the process too! The winelands are pretty throughout the year, even in winter, but spring and summer are by far the most glorious seasons to head to the winelands, so don’t miss out.

Hop on the Franschhoek wine tram, enjoy a winelands picnic (at top estates like Boschendal, Warwick or Spier) and partake in a horse ride through the vineyards, or a wine-tasting experience of note – whatever you do, you’re in for a right royal time!

Note: Bookings are advisable for wine tastings, restaurant meals and picnics.

For more information on the Cape Winelands, visit any of the dedicated, regional tourism websites or directly contact a wine farm of your choice.

Cape Winelands

These are some of the best places to enjoy spring in Cape Town and its beautiful surrounds – be sure to visit them this Spring!

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