The drought in the Western Cape has had everyone worried – people have been negative about the flower season – will there be flowers despite the drought? All I can say is that the Western Cape has had sufficient rains to make the West Coast National Park and more specifically, Postberg Flower Reserve shine in all its glory! My goodness the flowers are magnificent.
We ‘sailed’ in through the gate – straight in, whereas last year we had over a ½ wait in the traffic, to even get into the park. So, the negativity surrounding the flowers works well in other ways! We headed straight into Postberg and it is a marvel to see everyone enjoying the wonder of nature. Exciting to see two coaches with Japanese flower fanatics – and countless cars with families / children and everyone just in such a good mood amongst the flowers.
Traveltime Tours had 9 people on board – 2 regulars who seem to never miss this trip! They are both keen photographers and the flowers, birds and animals all make for the perfect photo. We also had a lady from the UK; 2 sisters; and 2 friends who all just revelled in the beauty of nature.
Going into the Postberg area (which is only open to the public in the months of August and September) at just 11h00 and coming out at only 13h15, made for 2 hours which slipped by in a flash. Can’t remember how many times we got in and out of the coach to just stare and revel in the beauty but the brief on entry was to tell the coach driver to ‘stop’ whenever you wanted to! So, I believe everyone had their dream fulfilled with the flowers.
Another exciting thing for Carol was the sight of the 2 ostriches and their 11 chicks which she had seen on the previous Tuesday. Albeit not on the road, but up on a hill and the chicks very visible to all. An exciting thing for sure.
Some people had opted to bring their own picnic lunches and 4 of the group enjoyed lunch at Geelbek. Elmarie has trained her staff so very wel, and despite how full the car park was, we had minimal wait for our lunch! Delicious lunch followed by dessert (which 2 took home, as the portions were just so huge)
We arrived in Tableview for our first drop off at about 16h30 and then the coach went on to Constantia Village shopping centre for the second drop off.