Thirty percent of the plants in South Africa’s Cape Floristic Region are found nowhere else in the world.
Many travelers visit South Africa to see the Big Five animals, soak in the views from Table Mountain, or relax on a beach where two oceans meet—essential experiences in this multicultural nation. There is so much to offer in South Africa, that one of its most unique qualities can sometimes go overlooked. The world is divided into six Floral Kingdoms, also called Floristic Regions. South Africa is home to the smallest—by far—and most unique Floral Kingdom, as designated by plant geographers. Thirty percent of the plant genera in South Africa’s Cape Floristic Region are found nowhere else in the world.
Here are five ways to experience the unique flora of the fynbos, or fine bush, in this UNESCO World Heritage site all within a day’s drive from Cape Town.