IMMERSE yourself in the unique Cape floral
kingdom found nowhere else on earth. From
the majestic King Protea and myriad fynbos
blooming on the mountainside of the world
renowned Kirstenbosch Gardents and a riot
of spring flowers on the West Coast, discover
something new with every step.

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Photographer: Sacha Specker

Bulbinella kunth or bulbinella (english) or katstert (afrikaans) is confined to the winter rainfall areas of South Africa in different soils, but notably Table Mountain sandstone and clay situated in moist, shaded, south-facing slopes, damp depressions, seasonal streams and seepage areas.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Dimorphotheca sp. Is part of the daisy family. During the spring months of August and September the West Coast, low lying Cederberg and Namaqualand region of South Africa transform into carpets of multi colored daisies as well as many other species.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Fynbos is a small belt of natural shrubland and heathland vegetation in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape of South Africa. There are an estimated 9000 fynbos plant species found in the Cape area of which 6200 are endemic and 200 are found on Table Mountain, making Table Mountain alone a biodiversity hotspot of epic proportions.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

This Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway is located through and above the arboretum of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town. Starting on ground level, the 130m long structure elevates the viewer 12m above the forest floor, blending into the treetops,
giving a uniquely immersive experience. Locally known as “the Boomslang” (Tree Snake) it winds its way through vistas of Table Mountain, the Cape Flats and the Garnes themselves.

Corridor

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Encephalartos altensteinii or breadtree is a relatively common species of cycad in South Africa, but according to the Red List of South African plants, is listed as vulnerable due to steady decline in wild populations buy up to 50% in the past 100 years.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Leucospermum oleifolium or mix pincushion is a small protea shrub up to 1m tall, bearing initially yellow flowers that turn crimson red. Only a maximum of five flowers in bloom at a time, producing a colourful spectacle from August until December.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Arctotis stoechadifolia and Ruschia sp. are commonly found together along the west coast and Namaqualand regions of South Africa. Sporadic winter rainfall provides just enough water allowing these species to put on a well timed floral display in the spring months of August to October.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Arctotis stoechadifolia or African daisy is a rare plant limited to dunes of the west coast of the Cape Peninsula.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Protea cynaroides the King Protea is also known as the giant proeta and has been South Africa’s National flower since 1976.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Bulbinella kunth or bulbinella (english) or katstert (afrikaans) is confined to the winter rainfall areas of South Africa in different soils, but notably Table Mountain sandstone and clay situated in moist, shaded, south-facing slopes, damp depressions, seasonal streams and seepage areas.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Encephalartos altensteinii or breadtree is a relatively common species of cycad in South Africa, but according to the Red List of South African plants, is listed as vulnerable due to a steady decline in wild populations buy up to 50% in the past 100 years.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Dimorphotheca sp. Is part of the daisy family. During the spring months of August and September the West Coast, low lying Cederberg and Namaqualand region of South Africa transform into carpets of multi colored daisies as well as many other species.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Pelargonium cucullatum or geranium is an indigenous plant to the south-western Cape. Producing large quantities of pink and purple flowers in summer, it has been used to produce a number of modern hybrid Pelargoniums.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Cleretum bellidiformis or livingston daisy, native to the Cape Peninsula of South Africa, produces flowers in various colours, pink, yellow, cream or crimson red and has become popular in summer beds of temperate gardens a parks around the world.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Protea nitida the common name waboom or wagon tree comes from pre 1800’s when its wood was used to build wagon wheels.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Protea neriifolia or oleander leaf protea is endemic to South Africa between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth up to 1300m altitude. Pollinators include the protea beetle and sugarbird.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Leucospermum cordifolium or ornamental pincushion occurs in multiple varieties with flowers ranging between pink, crimson red, white and yellow. A very popular cut flower with hybrids widely spread across the globe for the flower trade.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Erica baccans or berry heath is endemic to Table Mountain, which means it occurs nowhere else. At 2m tall, the bush enjoys the lower, west facing slopes and produces masses of pink berry-shaped flowers.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

The west facing slopes of Table Mountain are made up of well drained, acidic, sandy soils, ideal for fynbos to thrive in. The warm dry summers and wet cool winters coupled with the nutrient recycling process of fire have shaped this biome for millenia, making it one of the richest biodiversity hot spots on the planet.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Erica baccans or berry heath is endemic to Table Mountain, which means it occurs nowhere else. At 2m tall, the bush enjoys the lower, west facing slopes and produces masses of pink berry-shaped flowers.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Leucospermum cordifolium or ornamental pincushion occurs in multiple varieties with flowers ranging between pink, crimson red, white and yellow. A very popular cut flower with hybrids widely spread across the globe for the flower trade.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Protea repens or also known as sugar bush due the large amount of sweet nectar these flowers produce. A great addition to a wild garden, attracting a number or birds and other pollinators.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Leucospermum cordifolium or ornamental pincushion occurs in multiple varieties with flowers ranging between pink, crimson red, white and yellow. A very popular cut flower with hybrids widely spread across the globe for the flower trade.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Leucospermum cordifolium or ornamental pincushion occurs in multiple varieties with flowers ranging between pink, crimson red, white and yellow. A very popular cut flower with hybrids widely spread across the globe for the flower trade.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Leucospermum grandiflorum or rainbow pincushion puts on a spectacular floral display, as flowers open up a bright yellow and maturing to a flaming red.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Protea grandiceps or red sugarbush produces an abundance of flowerheads into mid-summer and retains the fruits on the plant for years. Taking up to 7 month to ripen, these fruits will remain on the plant until the entire plant dies or fires releasing the seeds to the ground, where they will germinate after winter rain.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Leucospermum cordifolium or ornamental pincushion occurs in multiple varieties with flowers ranging between pink, crimson red, white and yellow. A very popular cut flower with hybrids widely spread across the globe for the flower trade.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Leucospermum cordifolium or ornamental pincushion occurs in multiple varieties with flowers ranging between pink, crimson red, white and yellow. A very popular cut flower with hybrids widely spread across the globe for the flower trade.

Bedroom

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Leucospermum conocarpodendron or grey tree pincushion, well protected and found in the Table Mountain NAtional Park, is the largest of the pincushion genus, growing up to 6m tall.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Protea cynaroides the King Protea is also known as the giant proeta and has been South Africa’s National flower since 1976.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Leucospermum oleifolium also known as flame pincushion or mix pincushion due to the change in flower colour. Starting off yellow, the flowers mature to orange and finally a crimson red.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Leucospermum oleifolium also known as flame pincushion or mix pincushion due to the change in flower colour. Starting off yellow, the flowers mature to orange and finally a crimson red.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Leucospermum oleifolium also known as flame pincushion or mix pincushion due to the change in flower colour. Starting off yellow, the flowers mature to orange and finally a crimson red.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Phaenocoma prolifera or cape strawflower. The name Phaenocoma is derived from the Greek phaino : to shine, and coma : hair. This refers to the shiny bracts which look like a ‘shiny hairdo’.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Protea nitida the common name waboom or wagon tree comes from pre 1800’s when its wood was used to build wagon wheels.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Protea nitida the common name waboom or wagon tree comes from pre 1800’s when its wood was used to build wagon wheels.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Protea nitida the common name waboom or wagon tree comes from pre 1800’s when its wood was used to build wagon wheels.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Protea nitida the common name waboom or wagon tree comes from pre 1800’s when its wood was used to build wagon wheels.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Leucadendron laureolum or golden conebush is endemic to South Africa (does not naturally occur anywhere else) and produces spectacular golden flowers in late winter.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Osteospermum var. Or cape daisy vary greatly in appearance from bright yellow to iridescent pink and brilliant white, coming to life on the West Coast during the spring months of August and September.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Protea repens or also known as sugar bush due the large amount of sweet nectar these flowers produce. A great addition to a wild garden, attracting a number or birds and other pollinators.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Leucospermum cordifolium or ornamental pincushion occurs in multiple varieties with flowers ranging between pink, crimson red, white and yellow. A very popular cut flower with hybrids widely spread across the globe for the flower trade.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Leucospermum reflexum or rocket protea is an endemic, confined to the southwest of South Africa. It is a large rounded shrub with red and rarely yellow flowers belonging to the Proteaceae (Protea) family.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Leucospermum oleifolium or mix pincushion is a small protea shrub up to 1m tall, bearing initially yellow flowers that turn crimson red. Only a maximum of five flowers in bloom at a time, producing a colourful spectacle from August until December.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Leucospermum oleifolium or mix pincushion is a small protea shrub up to 1m tall, bearing initially yellow flowers that turn crimson red. Only a maximum of five flowers in bloom at a time, producing a colourful spectacle from August until December.

Photographer: Sacha Specker

Protea cynaroides the King Protea is also known as the giant proeta and has been South Africa’s National flower since 1976.