A pink winter wonderland in the fynbos

One of our favourite times of the year in the fynbos is right now when the hills between Stanford and Gansbaai turn pink as a result of the mass flowering of the Gansbaai erica – Erica irregularis.

What’s perhaps more astonishing than the deluge of colour is that this remarkable heather only grows in this small area between our two local villages, and nowhere else in the world (a total area of about 300 hectares).

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Erica irregularis and Walker Bay (Photo by: Heiner Lutzeyer)

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The beautiful Erica irregularis in flower (Photo by: Lloyd Koppel)

 

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