It’s Spring in the Cape and that means it’s time to head off to the West Coast National Park to see the annual display of wild flowers that carpet this reserve. This year the flowers are not as showy as usual because the weather hasn’t been ‘just right’, but that doesn’t stop us from making the annual pilgrimage, especially as the Postberg section of the park is open only during August and September.
This is one of my favourite of the National Parks in South Africa. Home to over a quarter of the country’s bird species, there are over 250 types to be seen here, including many that migrate annually from the northern hemisphere. It’s truly a bird watcher’s paradise. There’s also a good variety of game. The park is home to several types of antelope (kudu, eland, bontebok, gemsbok, springbok and others), ostriches, the elusive bat-eared fox, caracal and Cape mountain zebra. Not to mention the large tortoise population and some snakes. When the Postberg section is open you are guaranteed to see most of these animals.
For me the diversity of the West Coast National Park is what makes it special. On one side is the rough and wild Atlantic coast; inland the serene and warm waters of the Langebaan Lagoon with its marshes and Ramsar site wetlands; old fishermen’s cottages lovingly restored; a national monument now housing a lovely restaurant with birds that literally eat off your plate; unspoilt sandy beaches; easy hikes; cottages to stay overnight; picnic and braai (bbq) spots; and of course the spectacular flowers that spring forth every year.
Ask us about our day tours to this gorgeous region.