Look for the wonderful flower protea growing on the hillslopes. This plant of various forms and colors is the symbol of the Republic of South Africa.
One of the national symbols of the RSA is the protea flower. This country is the native land for the plant.
The name of the flower comes from the ancient Greek god Proteus, son of Poseidon, god of the seas. Poteus had the ability to change his guise, likewise, the flowers appear in a variety of shapes and colors. Their colors can range from sparkling white to purple and maroon.
Today protea flowers have gained an immense popularity among florists in many countries. You can spot them even in the most exquisite wedding bouquets. After protea flowers are cut, they stay fresh for 2-3 weeks. Afterwards they can be used in dry compositions.
There are more than four hundred species of protea plant. Most of the varieties are perennial shrubs, though there are unusual species reaching the sizes of tall trees. Inside the flower there is a large amount of sweet nectar. The locals use the nectar as a remedy for cough. The size of the inflorescence varies from 5 to 30 cm.
You can find protea flowers in the wild in the southern regions of the country, as well as in the Eastern and Western Cape provinces.
Finding this beautiful flower is a true aesthetic pleasure and a great opportunity to make beautiful photo collages for your Instagram.
Where to do?
The majestic Table Mountain is the iconic landmark of Cape Town and a decorative element on the city flag.17
More things to do in Cape Town
"Warning, please look under your vehicle for penguins!" - this sign meets you at Boulders Beach - the African penguins' home. 6519Boulders Beach
If you come to Cape Town, be sure to try rooibos. The plant used to make this drink may soon vanish from the face of the earth.13
Feed a sea turtle in the Two Oceans Aquarium — this fascinating and a bit extreme adventure will leave lots of impressions on you. 1249Two Oceans Aquarium
Diving in the Sardine Run
Go scuba diving in the waters by Cape Point during the so called Sardine Run and become a witness of an extraordinary natural phenomenon. 4308019Cape Point
Treat yourself to the national food of South Africa. You can find it everywhere as it is the popular type of meat among locals and guests of the city.9
Try African cream liqueur made of marula fruits, the favorite treat of elephants, especially in mating season. 2257
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