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FLOWER SEASON IN THE WEST COAST NATIONAL PARK

Posted on the 6th August 2012

Special Feature: West Coast Flower Season

About an hour’s drive from Cape Town you can breakaway to the quiet waters of the Langeberg Lagoon and find yourself entering the West Coast National Park which is also known as the safe haven for thousands of seabirds.

Some interesting info:

  • West Coast National Park was established in 1985 with the aim of conserving the Langeberg Lagoon and surrounding landscapes. The habitats in the park are varied, and it is of international and national importance in respect of both terrestrial and marine life.

  • The unique and diverse habitats of the Langeberg Lagoon and its salt marshes and wetlands, the granitic islands of Saldanha Bay with its large breeding populations of seabirds.

  • West Coast National Park surrounds the Langeberg Lagoon, which is a world Ramsar site (site’s deemed to be of global significance to wetland bird species.

  • Postberg Flower reserve - August and September is the Flower Season, most of the viewing of flowers is done from the confines of your motor vehicle.

The Postberg area of the West Coast National Park opens every year from 1 August to 30 September for the annual flower season. This area is closed the rest of the year because it is private land that is managed by the West Coast National Park as part of a contractual agreement between the land owners and South African National Parks.

To view the flowers, tourist can come with their vehicles and drive the circular route through the area or they can book for the two very popular hiking trails (1-day and a 2-day) that are also only open during the flower season. For tourists in their vehicles there are 2 picnic areas (Plankiesbaai and Uitkyk) where they can get out of their vehicles, have a picnic or braai. During the drive or hike, tourists will see the best that Postberg has to offer. Form spectacular views of the.

Langebaan lagoon and the rest of the park and the Atlantic ocean, to game viewing and large fields covered with orange, yellow and white flowers. Animals that can be seen in Postberg are: Eland, Bontebok, Kudu, Cape Mountain Zebra, Gemsbok, Bat-eared fox, Blue wildebeest Flowers that are most abundant in Postberg during this time: Gousblom, White rain daisy, Geel suring, Magriet, Bokbaai vygie etc.

Tariffs for flower season: INSIDE FLOWER SEASON (AUGUST & SEPTEMBER) South African Citizens and Residents (with ID)............ R44,00 per adult / R22,00 per child, per day SADC Nationals (with passport).................... R64,00 per adult / R44,00 per child, per day Standard Conservation Fee... R88,00 per adult / R44,00 per child, per day



 

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