South Africa is a flower lovers dream come true. For many years the flora of South Africa has delighted visitors and intrigued botanists. Some species of plants are widely distributed across the country, while others are indigenous to certain locations. Each region of the country has its distinct species of flora. These regions range from arid desert to the subtropical coastal belt.
The Cape Floral Kingdom
Only six places in the world have been designated as floral kingdoms, and the Southwestern Cape of South Africa is one of them. Here, in such protected areas as the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, you can find over 8,500 different plants; all in an area that is less than four percent of the countrys land surface. People come here from all over the world to see the 350 species of protea, as well as ericas, irises, reeds, and pelargoniums. When the flowers are in full bloom, the colours are spectacular.
Go to the arid region called Namaqualand, and you will see some of the most bizarre species of plants South Africa has to offer. Here you can see the kokerboom (quiver tree) and the halfmens (half human) which truly look as though they could be props from an episode of Star Trek. These species have had to adapt to survive in a hostile environment. Nonetheless, you can see this harsh land alive with wild blossoms if you come here in the period from August to October.
Land of Giant Trees
You will find dense evergreen forests in the high rainfall region around the city of Knysna on the long Knysna Lagoon.