While probably best known for the abundance of the multi-coloured antelopes it’s named after, Bontebok National Park, just outside Swellendam, is also part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, one of the most biologically diverse areas on Earth.
SANParks Times Editor, Petro Kotzé went exploring the blooms and shares her beautiful photographs with us.
“People often head there to enjoy the Breede River and spot some animals, but this time I was on the lookout for some of the many flowers. Basically, the vegetation is fynbos, characterised by four major plant types: Restioids, ericoids, proteoids, and geophytes. Though the peak flower season is in spring, there is something in bloom year-round and, many of them are in full sight of tourists who know what to look out for.” – Petro Kotzé