Some of the spring flowers have started to show on the reserve and it’s a sign that Mother Nature is coming out of hibernation here in the Karoo.Flowering occurs more prolifically between August and September and we’re very lucky to have over 600 types of flora within the Sanbona wilderness area.

Guests are in for a treat when on game drives, or even better, when enjoying one of the walking safaris on offer as the next few months will be ideal for photographers to capture these beautiful flowers, plants and succulents.  And to think, the reserve is so very close to Cape Town.

For us, the flora is a great indicator that our on-going conservation projects are paying off and restoring the ecological balance in the area. Around half of the surrounding landscape used to be livestock and agricultural farms, which have since been removed and has allowed the various floral kingdoms on the reserve to flourish.

Plant life that inhabits this region of the Western Cape includes Acacia Thickets, Renosterveld, Succulent Karoo and Central Mountain Fynbos. Species of succulents are especially varied and fascinating with names like Baby’s Bottoms, Ostrich Toes and Pig’s Ears.

Here are some of the beautiful photos taken by Ranger, Pascale Swanepoel