The West Coast National Park is the jewel of the Cape West Coast. This 30 000 ha park, lies near the coastal town of Langebaan, approximately 100km from Cape Town.
The park surrounds the Langebaan Lagoon, a protected wetland, which is home to huge concentrations of migrant waders.
The Postberg section of the park is privately owned but managed by the South African National Parks Board (Sanparks). Fortunately they open it for visitors during August and September when the spring flowers are in full bloom.
I really enjoy the Spring visits to Postberg as the flowers are really spectacular. This is also the time when the migrant waders return.
The Geelbek Visitor's Centre is where you will find a restaurant and an information centre. The hides nearby gives ample opportunity to see various bird species from close up.
Rain occurs mainly from May to August. Summers are dry with early morning mists with southeasterly or southwesterly winds. A temperate coastal climate prevails.
Day visitors are welcome, and form the bulk of all visitors to the park. They can obtain food and refreshments at Geelbek and when Postberg is open there is a kiosk.
The Bakoor Trail is a short walk from the Langebaan gate to Seeberg view point, with a beautiful view of the Langebaan lagoon, which is 4.6km long. Animals that can be spotted include bat eared foxes, ostriches and eland.
Accommodation in the park includes 11 chalets, two self-catering cottages, houseboats and dormitory type units for for school and community groups.
The housboat accommodation is offered on one of two houseboats, the Nirvana which can accommodate up to 24 people and the Larus which caters for 6 guests.
The Nirvana - Photos by Anton Ellis
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