Nothing says home quite like the Jacarandas. They are an integral part of Joburg summers and with the blossoms in season between October and November, now is the perfect time to head out to observe them. Take a second to listen to the cicadas humming as the heat rises off the streets which are coated in flowers that the bees fly lazily between. This is my hometown.
Now if you’d like to indulge in a little bit of my nostalgia I can recommend five places to view these wondrous trees in all their glory
Obviously. With rolling views, you’ll be able to see the purple blanket that Joburg dons in the summertime. In life, it’s always ideal to appreciate scenery both from within and from the bird’s eye view. Though it’s not the highest location, it definitely does the job. The Koppies also offer a lot more with all the indigenous fauna and flora that are in currently in bloom. Stop in at sunrise for an unforgettable experience and if you wish, you can even bring your dogs with as there are various pathways and footpaths carved out in the landscape.
The highest point in Joburg which allows to you gaze upon Northcliff water tower as well as the sprawling expanse of our beautiful city in all its wonder. For those of you who didn’t know (myself included), there is also a commemorative British Indian Army monument that was erected over 100 years ago.
Four Seasons Hotel the Westcliff
If hiking isn’t your scene, then why not opt for the posh view from the Westcliff. A high tea at Four Seasons Hotel is comprised not only of a decadent sweet and savoury smorgasbord but stunning the vista off the Westcliff ridge. You’ll be able to take in the Jacarandas from complete luxury and accompany the splendorous sight with a plate of Petit Fours. Alternatively, take a walk down the Westcliff steps reminiscent of the Spanish Steps in Rome only with far less tourists and the gorgeous aroma from the falling petals
The once tallest building in the Southern hemisphere extends a 360 panoramic view from the 50th story. Just R15 will get you to right to The Top of Africa viewing deck which is everything you could possibly want when searching for Jacarandas.
Last I would recommend Tyrwhitt avenue in Rosebank. Swap your car for a stroll down this street which has Jacarandas lining both sides. The incredible purple canopy makes it feel as though you are in a magical world whilst you crack open the oyster shaped pods beneath your shoes and release the paper seeds.
Despite the fact that they’re now considered invasive and can no longer be planted, Jacarandas do generally have a 200 year lifespan, meaning that we’ll be able to view them for a long time yet. So get your camera ready and head out for some violet adventures.