- West Coast National Park
West Coast National Park, Wes-Kaap
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The West Coast National Park lies just a short distance inland from Saldanha Bay and about a 90 minute drive from Cape Town. It is situated around the Langebaan Lagoon which is the Parks main focal point.
The West Coast National Park was established in 1985 with the aim of conserving the Langebaan lagoon and surrounding landscapes. The 40 000 hectare land provides a safe haven for thousands of seabirds who roost on the sheltered islands and pristine beaches within the Park. If you are a birder, the West Coast National Park will soon become your favourite bird watching destination. Approximately 200 species can be seen just around the lagoon!
During Spring the land becomes a tapestry of multi-hued flowers, turning the fields orange, yellow, purple and pink as far as the eye can see. Photographers flock to the Park at this time as do those eager to enjoy game drives to see the many species of antelope, particularly in the Postberg section.
The West Coast National Park is much loved by all, from bikers and hikers to birdwatchers, photographers and those just wanting to laze on the beach. Come spend a few days and enjoy being the opposite of busy!
Things to do and see
- Game Viewing
- Whale Watching
- Kraalbaai Beach
- Strandveld Trail (2 days)
- Postberg Trail (2 days)
- Steenbok Trail
- Bakoor Trail
- Eve’s Footprints & Trail
- Mountain Biking
- Three Bird Hides
- View Points
- Braai & Picnic Areas
- Geelbek Visitors Centre & Restaurant
- Self-catering Accommodation
Day visitor admission fees range from R45 to R140 per person. Prices are subject to change, please contact the park directly to confirm all costs.
April to September: Monday to Sunday, 07h00 – 18h00
October to March: Monday to Sunday, 07h00 – 19h00
Directions from Cape Town City Centre
Take N1 (Paarl) On-ramp
Pass Lower Church Street off-ramp
Take next off-ramp - R27 (Marine Drive)
Drive through Paarden Eiland and Milnerton
R27 continues as West Coast Road
Travel along R27 for ±120 km
Past Yzerfontein/Darling Turn-off (11km)
Turn Left into West Coast National Park Gated Us
The area receives most of its rainfall between June and August.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 27˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 7˚C and 17˚C.
There are daily flights into Cape Town International Airport. West Coast National Park is approximately 120 km away along the R27 and car hire facilities are available at the Airport.
Tel: +27 (0)22 772 2144/5
Fax: +27 (0)22 772 2607
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