Spring in the Southern Hemisphere comes in August, but it doesn’t mean the blooms don’t put on an equally impressive show. Guests staying at Grande Roche Hotel, an immaculately restored Dutch homestead with an award-winning restaurant, can enjoy the stunning jacaranda trees in the region which have become synonymous with the country and were mentioned by Nelson Mandela in his book “The Long Walk to Freedom”. Those on a mission to see the West Coast Wildflowers can opt for a self-drive route through the Postberg Nature Reserve, around 1.5 hours' drive from the hotel. Local recommendations are to choose a sunny day (the flowers stay closed when it's cloudy) and to wait until the sun is high in the sky for optimum viewing
Paarl is an exceptional base from which to discover the region's very best Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec wines – start from the hotel's Michelin-starred Bosman Restaurant.