It is officially Spring here in South Africa! On the first day of September we usher in spring and the long summer
This past weekend, Diana and I, decided to grab opportunity and seek out the beautiful wildflowers now blooming on the West Coast. We travelled up to Langebaan, about 100 km North of Cape Town, the focal point was the West Coast National Park, however we saw beautiful spring foliage riding up and even more so on our return to Cape Town via the backroads and the little village of Darling.
The rolling hills were magnificently green with a patchwork of colourful flowers intermingled within the landscape as it changed continuously. Beautiful blue skies overhead and the heady pungent scent of this annual miracle of new life creeping into our helmets as we rode. The first few months of Spring offers incredible beauty in the form of amazing spring flora, especially in the Western Cape region. We spent a very hot day, peaking at well over 30c, riding leisurely through the national park enjoying both the wildflowers and viewing occasional sightings of ostrich, buck and other animals. The national park was very busy with many visitors, both local and international, wanting to do the same as us. Our first sighting of the main entrance gate from Langebaan caused us a little consternation with a long snake of cars waiting each its turn to enter, maybe over an hour waiting in the heat… yikes! We decided to tootle our way to the front of the que knowing there was no other way as such a long wait on a bike and in the heat of the day, would be simply untenable. The officials at the gate saw absolutely no problem with our ‘filtering’ to the front, accepted our payment and ushered us through like royalty; hmmm… don’t you just love riding a bike!
Our two nights were spent in a small caravan which we rented on a small holding on the outskirts of Langebaan. The evenings were enjoyed under starry skies with a glass or two of wine. As the heat of the day subsided our wood fire crackling away, our simple but delicious dinners were prepared on the braai coals (BBQ). In the late afternoon and early mornings, a small herd of Springbok, resident on the small holding, skittishly kept an eye on us as we enjoyed their close presence. Thank you Diana, for an amazing birthday week and weekend away!
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