Spring in the Western Cape province of South Africa is always a fun affair. Not only does the ground become a riot of colour, as fynbos blooms and wild flowers spring from the earth, rejoicing at the winter passed but the weather turns mild and becomes more favourful.
This makes it the perfect time to shake off those lingering winter blues and reacquaint yourself with the warm sunshine, fresh air and outdoor adventure.
Shake off Those Winter Blues with These Spring Activities
Spring – and September especially – has always been my favourite time of year. With pink and white fruit tree blossoms dressing the orchards; wild flowers and ice plants offering a natural flower show; and beautiful weather that is neither too hot, nor too cold – there is something healing about springtime in the Cape.
So, in this post, I look at some fun things to do for spring in the Western Cape.
1) Explore the Cape Winelands: Picnics, Outdoor Fun and Great Accommodation
Spring is the perfect time to explore our beautiful, world-famous Cape Winelands region.
Not only does the weather become gentler – but springtime usually also signals the start of picnic season in the winelands.
If you need some inspiration, find some of my favourite picnic- and lunch-recommendations here.
If picnicking isn’t your thing, why not enjoy a fun, yet sophisticated winetasting or unique wine pairing instead?
Many wine farms also offer romantic and/or family-friendly accommodation; exciting outdoor experiences (everything from hikes to MTB trails, horse rides and segway tours); and incredible restaurants.
This makes so many of our local wine farms ideal for the whole family to enjoy together.
2) Go Camping and Hiking in the Cederberg Wilderness Area
If the mountains are calling, there is no better place to escape to than the untamed, otherworldly Cederberg Wilderness Area.
A weekend away in this special, vast part of South Africa cemented it as one of my favourite corners of our globe.
It is hard to put into words how amazing and freeing the Cederberg really is!
Famed for its incredible rock formations, historic rock art, endless outdoor activities, camping opportunities and incredible mountain ranges, the Cederberg Wilderness Area is breathtakingly beautiful.
Best of all, everyone from couples to groups of friends and more adventurous families can enjoy this special region together.
If you would like some Cederberg travel ideas, check out my post on my 7 best things to do in the Cederberg.
3) Head to the West Coast National Park for Flower Spotting and Beach Days
Another of my favourite places in the Western Cape is the gorgeous West Coast National Park (WCNP).
For a reasonable fee, visitors can enjoy a slew of incredible outdoor experiences; see amazing, rich Cape flora and fauna; and even enjoy soothing overnight stays in the cottage- or houseboat-accommodation offered here.
Whether you want to braai or picnic; hike or MTB; enjoy a lazy day near the beach at Kraalbaai or simply savour a relaxing West Coast day trip, this beautiful national park is the place to go.
Best of all, for August to September only each year, visitors can also experience the park’s lovely Postberg Nature Reserve.
This unique section is famous for one of the best wild flower spotting experiences near Cape Town. It is also home to a rich concentration of mammals, sweeping Atlantic Ocean views and more!
For the latest West Coast National visitor fees, please see here.
4) Visit Boulders to See the Penguins and Enjoy Swimming in Warmer Waters
Situated within the beautiful, vast Table Mountain National Park (TMNP), Boulders is a world-famous, much loved destination.
Home to the adorable African penguins, three beautiful beaches, boardwalks and one popular penguin viewing area, Boulders is one of the Cape’s best family-friendly attractions.
It is at once educational, fun and endlessly beautiful. During spring or summer, it is the perfect place to go for a relaxed outing or safe beach day in delightful Simon’s Town.
Best of all, Boulders offers warmer waters for swimming, thanks to its location on the Indian Ocean side of the Cape Peninsula. (We visited in early October and had a wonderful day’s swimming.)
Just keep in mind that this is a protected area so daily conservation fees apply. You can find the latest fees here.
Also, parking is limited during peak spring and summer days – so arrive early to avoid disappointment.
5) Experience Beautiful Gardens on Selected Open Garden Days
Springtime also means that many local public- and private-Cape gardens open to visitors for popular annual open gardens events.
Open gardens can be enjoyed everywhere from Elgin to Franschhoek and beyond on selected days.
These open garden events usually fall between late-October to early November. However, it is a good idea to plan in advance and note the latest season’s dates on your calendar.
However, I am eager to explore more local open gardens in time as there are so many wonderful, varied gardens in the Western Cape!
More Year-round Garden Inspiration
If you are looking for some extra gardens to enjoy year-round, regardless of the season, have a look at my glorious gardens post.
6) Pick Your Own Flowers in Stellenbosch
One of my best finds in 2021 was discovering the still-new Jamestown Flower Farm near Stellenbosch.
This small, yet beautiful Stellenbosch farm sells fresh, ready-made flower bunches and seeds. During the spring and summer months, they also allow visitors to come pick their own flowers.
The flower picking experience is one of my best to date. It is perfect for couples, friends, families or solo adventurers to enjoy. It is safe, affordable and wholesome.
Currently, Jamestown Flower Farm is planning to re-open for their flower picking season from September 2021 onwards. Follow their social media for the latest updates and forthcoming flower picking dates.
Another Fun Flower Experience
Looking for another fun flower experience? Then why not enjoy Adene’s Flower Farm open days?
Again, Adene’s open days are only available over weekends from mid-December to the first week in April but it is another incredible day trip for all ages to enjoy.
You cannot pick your own flowers at Adene’s farm in scenic Wolseley but you can purchase flowers, and other floral products, from the farm on open days.
They also have a lovely, on-site coffeeshop that sells delicious sweet treats and refreshing beverages.
For open day dates and pricing details for the next flower season, please follow Adene’s Farm Flower on social media or contact them directly.
7) Plan Thrilling Day Trips to See Western Cape Small Towns and Roadside Attractions
Last but by no means least, if you want to enjoy amazing road trips to nearby Cape towns or see quirky, interesting roadside attractions around the Western Cape, then you are in luck. Because I have made it my mission to share these hidden gems with my readers as well! 🙂
Best of all, aside from petrol and any food pitstops you make, these outings are inexpensive and fun. 🙂
Fun Things to do in Spring Around the Western Cape
These are just some of the fun activities you can enjoy during spring in the Western Cape. So start planning your next spring adventure today! 🙂
Please remember that COVID-19 rules and regulations may affect opening times and availability of wine farms, restaurants, experiences and activities listed in this post.
As such, I can assume no responsibility for any closures or limited services.
For the latest provincial and national COVID-19 restrictions and levels, please visit an official government portal or contact them directly.
Please also remember that, even when outdoors, you are advised to:
- Wear a mask in public (fineable by law).
- Practice social distancing.
- Sanitise frequently.
- Stay home if you feel unwell.
Author: Tamlyn Ryan
Content writer by day and blogger by night, Tamlyn Ryan passionately runs her own travel blog, called Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust, from her home base of Cape Town, South Africa. And, despite a national diploma in Journalism, in her free time, Tamlyn’s preferred niche remains travel writing.
Tamlyn is a hopeless wanderer, equipped with an endless passion for road trips, carefully planned, holiday itineraries and, above all else, an innate love for the great outdoors.