The Tinie Versveld Wildflower reserve in Darling
Yesterday we set out to view the spectacular fields of flowers that grow wild along the Cape West coast this time of the year.
We decided to stop at The Tinie Versveld Wildflower reserve in Darling. If you haven’t yet been this spectacular area boasts the most amazing colours over late Winter and early Spring time.
This beautiful reserve was donated to the National Botanical Society of South Africa by Oom Tinie, Martin’s Versveld.
The reserve spans 20 hectares of land that has never been plowed and due to this has given rise to a plethora of sandvlei wildflowers, which comes alive during the annual flower show.
You can visit the reserve any time of the year, although the flowers are most prominent from Spring to Summer.
Whilst on the reserve keep a look out for the Graves of Martin’s and his wife Beatrice ( also known as Baby) .
It is interesting to note that Marthinus’s sister, Muriel, was a founding member of the Darling Wildflower Association.
This region boasts 1200 different plant species of which 80 are endemic to the West coast.
For me it was an absolutely spectacular view of open fields and Spring time colour. Hamish enjoyed running around discovering the new flowers and insect and bird life was abundant.
Definitely great place to view those springtime flowers.