PHOTO GALLERY: Carpets of colour

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Take a flower safari through the West Coast for the ultimate South African road trip.

September is Heritage Month and what better way to pay tribute to our incredible natural heritage than by planning a roadtrip to see “the greatest wild flower show on earth”, along our Cape West Coast. During spring the veld bursts into bloom in a wide array of bright, brilliant colours.

Your perfect guide for planning a flower safari is a new travel book called: Visitors’ Guide: Flower Route, by well-known photojournalist Marion Whitehead (published by Map Studio). The book offers fantastic practical advice on viewing the best spring wild flowers, the best places to view them and where to go and what to do (with a whole lot of clever hints and tips thrown in for good measure). Her images are also pretty spectacular and the entire book is a visual treat…

Spring flowers blooming in the veld at Matjiesfontein farm south of Nieuwoudtville.

Spring flowers blooming in the veld at Matjiesfontein Farm south of Nieuwoudtville.

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Spring flowers include the little red cup-and-saucer, Colchicum coloratum.

Spring flowers include the little red cup-and-saucer, Colchicum coloratum.

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Visitors staying at Van Zijl’s Guest House don’t need to go very far to get perfect pics of the flowers.

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Stop for koffie en koek at Steve Oldroyd’s restaurant at Hebron on Piekenierskloof Pass outside Citrusdal.

Picturesque ruins at Groenrivier, the original farm on which Nieuwoudtville was built.

Picturesque ruins at Groenrivier, the original farm on which Nieuwoudtville was built.

Spring flowers worshipping the sun at Matjiesfontein farm south of Nieuwoudtville.

Spring flowers worshipping the sun at Matjiesfontein Farm south of Nieuwoudtville.

Visitors Guide: Flower Route (MapStudio) by Marion Whitehead is packed with useful information, from the best scenic back roads for flower spotting to fascinating facts about our fabulous floral heritage, plus photo tips. Places of interest for each region (West Coast, Namaqualand, Cape Peninsula and Overberg) are highlighted, as well as recommended eat, stay and play options. Clear colour maps throughout make navigation simple and a selection of flower photos assist in identification. Order directly from 0860 10 5050 or from the website.

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