Biedouw Valley, Cederberg, Western Cape
Close to Clanwilliam is the beautiful Biedouw Valley which is renowned for the magnificent springtime floral display, that erupts just after the first rains. Local farmers keep their animals from the carpets of flowers, so that us mere mortals can enjoy this Garden of Eden experience. It is not only the visual impact, but the gorgeous fragrances, so taking a picnic basket to enjoy al fresco is a must.
Come here at any other time of the year and the rooibos tea plant, indigenous to the Cederberg Mountains and the area around Clanwilliam, dominates the valley.
After exploring the valley, there are two interesting options. From November to March, when the Doring River is not swollen after rain, one can take the seldom used back road (124km) to the Tankwa Karoo National Park. This park is a birders paradise set in amazing landscapes.
Alternatively, one can drive out the valley the way you came in, and turn left to continue 17km to Wuppertal, a missionary village lost in time and well worth the visit. The road from Wuppertal continues for 34km to Matjies from where you can decide to return to Clanwilliam (37km) or continue back to Cape Town.