Right, so today was Women’s Day and no clients to worry about so I treated myself to a drive up the West Coast. I had been invited to !Khwa Ttu for a site visit and wanted to see the flowers in the West Coast National Park.

!Khwa Ttu was great – if you haven’t been to this San cultural centre yet you really should go. The knowledgeable guide demonstrated and explained in an entertaining way the history and lives of the San, including some fascinating information about their animal tracking skills and the way they used plants.

There are hiking trails on the reserve and one of them includes a tour of herbs and plants – this one I am going to do another time, for sure. There’s even accommodation, rustic tents or a cottage.

After an excellent eland burger lunch it was time for the flowers. The West Coast National Park was crowded, this being a holiday, and the sun was playing along nicely. I’m not sure I approve of the way people walk all over the flowers and picnic right among them and make children run and jump to pose for photos but that’s what everyone was doing.

We didn’t go all the way to Posberg because I dawdled and spent too much time taking photos and going to my favourite spot, Seeberg, where this photo was taken (and of course I took more of the house and the view), but I can assure you the flowers are showing all their glory even though it’s almost a month earlier then usual.

The coldfront and rain are back for the next few days but as soon as it’s over I suggest you grab the first sunny day and head for the R27 and check it all out!  And my hiking friends will soon be roped in for a hike where there’s a great chance of bumping into zebras.

Phew, I’ve caught up, 3 posts in one go. Don’t know what I’ll post tomorrow, I have lots of work to do and it’s going to rain all day.

About Francoise Armour

I run a small touring company (Tours du Cap) at the bottom of Africa, to show visitors the beauty and vibrant culture of the country I have lived in since my parents brought me here from France as a child. I enjoy taking photos and wish I had learnt to do it properly. I enjoy writing but don't do enough of it. I enjoy walking in the mountains that surround me and I marvel over the views and the flowers and the amazing rock formations. I have a small, cute, clever, black dog of indeterminable breed, named Vida, who reminds me regularly that walking and getting out is not only for when tourists want it.

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I am not a photographer and do not claim to have any particular skills whatsoever in that department. I have enormous respect for those who can see the potential in a scene and can create a great photo. Good photography is an art, in my opinion.

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