Jacaranda season is here: Four spots in Gauteng to see the blooms
Jacaranda season has officially arrived, and if you’re looking for spots to see these purple-hued blooms, here are four you should check out…
Every spring from early October to early November, Pretoria and Johannesburg get a splash of purple paint from Mother Nature in the form of stunning Jacaranda blossoms.
According to In Your Pocket, jacarandas originated in South America and is believed to have first arrived in Gauteng in 1888. It quickly became so popular, that the trees were planted along almost every new street built in the rapidly growing cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria.
Now, visitors come from near and far to catch a glimpse and capture a few photos of the beautiful blooms each year. And you should too! Here are four spots to check out…
HERBERT BAKER STREET IN PRETORIA, GAUTENG
Herbert Baker Street in Pretoria has become one of the most famous spots for its jacaranda blooms each year. The street has also been listed on CNN Travel’s “most beautiful streets of the world” list. Here you will find the street covered in a stunning mix of both purple and white jacarandas.
TYRWHITT AVENUE IN ROSEBANK, GAUTENG
I finally got a pic of the beautiful and rare white Jacaranda on Tyrwhitt Ave in Rosebank 😍😍😍 pic.twitter.com/PCDt0D1KKo— Robyn 🧭 (@clarkformaths) October 28, 2020
A leisurely stroll down Tyrwhitt Avenue in Rosebank is definitely recommended this time of year! The street is covered in an astounding purple canopy of jacarandas that will make you feel like you’re on set of a fantasy movie.
The suburb of Melrose has some of the most beautiful, quiet Jacaranda-lined streets that are great for that perfect Instagram shot. Be sure to check out Jameson, Reform and Victoria Avenues.
This week's dose of Jacarandas is courtesy of Kensington in Gauteng, South Africa. 💜— Visit South Africa (@SouthAfrica) October 9, 2020
📷: amateurphotogfromsa pic.twitter.com/uPQiDVjrcr
Kensington is another famous spot in Johannesburg that offers some of the most beautiful views of the jacarandas in bloom. A slow drive up Highland Road will transport you into a purple paradise you won’t soon forget.