West Coast National Park

The West Coast National Park is one of the best parks to visit; particularly during the majestic flower season where fields are covered in all colours imaginable.

Every year between August and September, the protected area of Postberg is boasted with vivid bright wildflowers; covering the entire landscape of the area. I heard how amazing it is to view this popular site and this year was the year I was going to play in the land of flowers. It’s said to be a long queue from the entrance gate. However, it took a mere 20 minutes to pass through and pay the entrance fee of R60.00 per person.

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If you’ve never been to the Park before, make sure to research the various areas of the Park to ensure you get the most out of it. The West Coast National Park is about 362,6 km² and its main attractions consist of Kraalbaai Beach (which is very popular), hiking the Strandveld Trails, Bird watching, staying at their accommodations or, dining at Geelbek Restaurant.

Our mission is to view the wildflowers so getting to the Postberg area required we drive to the far end of the park. The drive is a road trip of its own with wildlife grazing in the distance and birds flocking by in numbers.

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Because flower season is desired among locals and internationals alike, note that there’s tourist coming in numbers.

It is advised to stay in our vehicles while passing the specular flower showcase. However, nobody paid much attention to the signs because everyone wanted to take pictures up close.

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If you’re planning to bring the whole family to this secluded park, rather come early morning and spend the entire day exploring the conservation park.

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Visit SanParks website for more details not only on this park but on the many other national parks around South Africa.

Until our next adventure.

Stephanie Marthinus Blog