Sometime during the months of August and September, almost overnight, the dry valleys of the West Coast and Namaqualand transform into a flower wonderland. The winter rainfall spurs a myriad of wild flowers into bud and Namaqualand becomes home to the richest bulb flora of any arid region in the world.
The West Coast National Park is the closest to Cape Town. Here you can enjoy hundreds of spring flowers , with the Langebaan Lagoon being the most focal point. This is also home to thousands of seabirds, migrant waders, and golden beaches, a nature lovers heaven. The Postberg section of the park is only open to the public during this spring season and provides a unique setting to view antelope as well. After a few days in metropolitan Cape Town venture out of town a little and enjoy this park for a day or so before heading of to the Seychelles or off on safari.
Once again the Southern Right Whales are on their way to the southern coast of Africa. Just an hour and a half from Cape Town you can visit the coastal town of Hermanus, to witness these wonderful creatures at one of the twelve best land-based whale watching sites in the world. From May onwards Southern Right Whales can be found in these warm, shallow waters waiting to calf their young and to mate.
The absolute best time for whale watching in South Africa is between August and November, the coast is simply dotted with whales and you would have to be particularly busy or unlucky not to see them . These giant attractions can be spotted even from the cliff path walk which stretches for 12km from one end of the town to the other. The wales can be seen quite up close a mere 20 metres away frolicking in the sheltered bay or just beyond the breakers.
Opulent Africa put together some fantastic trips that cover all of Southern Africa, so combine a spot of whale watching with a jaunt up to Botswana to explore the Okavango Delta, or fly over the sand dunes and Skeleton Coast of Namibia. Whatever the combination it can seemlessly be achieved.