The West Coast National Park is located 120 km north of Cape Town, in the western province of South Africa, has an extension of 27,500 hectares and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. The park was established in 1985 and is particularly well known for the spring flowers that form in August and September, particularly in the Postberg Flower Reserve. The park, with the islands of Saldanha Bay, has been identified by BirdLife International as an important ornithological area.
What to do:
In the park you can enjoy relaxing days on Kraalbaai beach with family and friends, or try various water sports such as water skiing, snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming, sport fishing and boating.
Visit the Postberg section during the spring flowering season (open to the public only from August to September).
In the park you can spot turtles, ostriches, beetles, bonteboks, springboks, hartebeest, wiledebeest, mountain zebras, scorpion trees, and if you’re lucky even snakes.
When to go:
The best time to visit the National Park of the West Coast is August and September.
Despite the white sandy beaches and turquoise waters of the ocean and lagoon, the park is undervisited. Outside of your school holidays, you may discover that you only share the streets with zebras, ostriches and occasional turtles that cross your route.