Cape Floral Kingdom
Known as Fynbos, our particular rich botany is recognised as one of the 6 floral kingdoms of the world. Made up of the Protea (named after the Greek god Proteus who had the ability to change his form at will), the Ericas or heathers, and the reed like Restios or grasses, the Cape Floral Kingdom is by far the smallest in area but boasts the greatest variety of species. In spring one can experience the wild flowers when the whole area is a riot of colour.
Take a day out and travel up the Wes Kus (West Coast) and (experience one of 6 worldwide floral kingdoms) prepare to be amazed. The Cape Floral Kingdom is the smallest of its kind in the world and quite spectacular in its setting on the famous Wes Kus. Those interested in this spectacular vision should visit between August and September to appreciate this incredible sight.
For those keen on South African Flora and Forna, with its 23 000 varieties, 8 500 of which are indigenous, and 6000 of which are only found in South Africa, should consider combining a visit to Cape Town’s Kirstenbosch Gardens with any of the day tours offered in and around Cape Town.
Even for those people who are not particularly interested in flora, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens should not be missed as one of the wonders of Cape Town. Africa’s most ‘Beautiful garden’.