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West Coast National Park

West Coast National Park

     
 

Phone:

+27 (0) 22 772 2144/5

Email:

westcoast@sanparks.org

Website:

www.sanparks.org/parks/west_coast/

Poaching Hotline:

+27 (0) 800 205 005

 
     

Size:  27,500 ha / 275 km2

Nearest major city:  Cape Town (1h15 approx by car)

Species Numbers:  54 Mammals        238 Birds        33 Reptiles

Big Five:  No

Highlights:

  • - Malaria-free
  • - Easy day trip from Cape Town
  • - Great coastal wetland birding
  • - High diversity of plant species, spectacular in flower season (Aug-Sep)

Just inland from the secluded harbour of Saldanha Bay one finds the azure waters of the Langebaan Lagoon, the focal point of the West Coast National Park. 

Thousands of seabirds roost on sheltered islands, pristine golden beaches stretch endlessly into the early morning mist and brooding salt marshes are home to vast concentrations of migrant waders from the northern hemisphere. During the spring the strandveld is embroidered with a tapestry of multi-hued flowers, while in the Postberg section many antelope are to be seen in a setting that is as unique as it is idyllic.