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‘First’ flowers of Spring

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The words of the iconic Paul Seeger song kept running through my head. ‘Where have all the flowers gone?’ I was heading out from the ouskip Caravan Park in Melkbosstrand onto the R27 West Coast Road. With me was Jos and Elsabé Joubert from abba Safari Campers. they had driven all the way from Pretoria with two of their state-of-the-art campers. I was sweating, though. It had been a dry winter, there had been almost no sightings of the usual august/September flowers… “are we going to see any flowers at all?” I wondered as we headed north. We only had a couple of days to find them.

Words & pictures RICHARD VAN RYNEVELD

[TRAVEL] Postberg, Verlorenvlei, Sandveld

POSTBERG FLOWER RESERVE

We found ’em! Literally just up the road from Melkbosstrand in the West Coast National Park.

There’s a section of the park called the Postberg Flower Reserve. Although part of the West Coast National Park, this area is open to the public only during August and September, specifically to allow for flower viewing. The two vehicles looked awesome amid the fields of yellow, orange and white. The one Abba camper was mounted on the Joubert’s own brandnew diesel Toyota Land Cruiser V8, the other was mounted on a Toyota Double Cab.

Knowing that I had some lovely flower pictures in the bag, we headed back to the Tsaarsbank picnic site overlooking the sea. As we sat down to lunch, a pair of African Black Oystercatchers skimmed over the spray-drenched rocks in front of us.

The park is a great place for bird viewing. On the drive in from the West Coast gate on the R27, one could see the pinkish tinge reflecting off flocks of flamingos. The whiter coloured group was a flock of pelicans. The park is also home to a wide variety of game.

Although we saw only a distant ostrich and a couple of Angulate tortoises, the area is home to Eland, Gemsbok, Red Hartebeest, Bontebok, Cape Mountain Zebra, Steenbok, Duiker and a host of smaller mammals.

We were all glad that we had found the flowers, but we had to move on. Hopefully there would be more as we headed up the coast to Elands Bay and one of my favourite camping sites in the Cape.

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