Mount Ceder Fauna and Flora 

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The natural phenomenon of flower season along the Cape West Coast in the Western Cape draws thousands of visitors from around the country and from around the world, between August and September each year; but, the wild flowers have been known to bloom as early as July and as late as October, depending on weather conditions.

Flower season brings a wealth of beauty - spring starts with drifts of white rain daisies and tiny yellow button daisies, blue flax and pink nemesias. The spectacular Cederberg, Groot Winterhoek- and Matzikamma mountains, and the arid beauty of the Knersvlakte and Hardeveld, become covered in carpets of daisies, yellow gansogies, felicias, nemesias and vygies in between. Sheltering between the taller plants are gems like winecups, sparaxis, lachenalias and babianas.

During the months of March and April, March Lilies turn the veld into a delightful pink carpet. Small antelope like the ribbok, klipspringer and grysbok can sometimes be seen on the hillsides around Mount Ceder. The mountain leopard, rooikat, black eagle, dassies, baboons and a number of bird species form part of the wild life that could possibly be spotted from your cottage.


Wild Flowers
The wild flowers of the Cederberg are some of the finest in the world. The Cederberg doesn’t just have the vast carpets of flowers which adorn the coffee table books. It also has the largest variety of wild flower species, many growing nowhere else in the world. This is due to the different topography, from the dry Karoo-like landscapes through to the wetter vlei areas of the Olifphants River and the Sandveld en route to Lamberts Bay. 
 
You can enjoy the flowers in many different ways. Take a self-drive tour to the best areas, using Mount Ceder as your base. Our reservation team will give you helpful advice. Enjoy a flower tour on a farm such as Elandsberg Eco-reserve; visit the Ramskop Nature Reserve and botanical garden and see the Clanwilliam Flower Show if you are visiting us in late August.
 
The Cederberg receives little rain throughout the year but after winter rains, the landscape erupts in colourful glory with vibrant swathes of gousblomme and vygies. The broad spring flower season begins in late July and lasts through September. The flower ‘carpets’ tend to peak during August but flowering fynbos species continue through September into October. Certain species are found nowhere else in the world such as the yellow Leucospermum reflexum, the Snow Protea (protea cryophylla), blue Lachanaea filamentosa, yellow sparaxis, pink Cyanella alba and the Clanwilliam Cedar (widdringtonia cedarbergensis). 
 
These wild flower wonders include Geel Perdekop, Sneeuprotea, Blou Bergaster, Cederboom, Rooibos, Geel Botterblom, Boegoe and Pienk Handjie.

 
Mount Ceder Top 7 Plants and flowers to look out for:
  1. Aloe comosa
  2. Pink March lily – Brunsvigia bosmaniae (seasonal - after late summer )
  3. April fool (paintbrush lily) – Haemanthus coccineus
  4. Botterboom, Butter Tree - Tylecodon paniculatus
  5. Elephant’s foot – Dioscorea elephantipes (visit only by appointment)
  6. Spring flowers (July-September)
  7. Clainwilliam Ceder – Widdringtonia cedarbergensis (only found on the summits of the northern Cederberg between 1000 – 1700m)
  8. Birding

Mount Ceder offers both avid birders and amateurs a host of birds to look out for.

Here are our Mount Ceder Top 7 - (and an extra on for fun!)
  1. Black Eagle
  2. Cape Eagle owl
  3. Giant Kingfisher
  4. Malachite Kingfisher
  5. Olive Thrush
  6. Mountain Chat
  7. Cape Reed Warbler
  8. Cape Batis


Download our Mount Ceder bird list here.

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