The region that is traditionally known as the “west coast” comprises a long chain of small fishing and holiday towns & villages. It is best known for its commercial fishing industry and wild flowers in August & September.
The wide variety of wild flowers is largely due to the varied topography – fertile valleys contrast with high mountains, the semi-desert plains of the north contrast with the unique sandveld region near the west coast with its wetter vlei areas.
The spring flowers of the Cape West Coast, Cedarberg and Namaqualand have a worldwide reputation. This area of South Africa receives little rain throughout the year but after the winter rains of May to July/August, the normally dry landscape becomes a carpet of wild flowers.