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“A place not to be missed during spring”

West Coast National Park
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$83.71*
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Private: West Coast Wonder Guided Tour from Cape Town
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$171.23*
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Cape West Coast Private Day Tour
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The West Coast National Park hosts vast concentrations of migratory birds, and is an ideal spot for appreciating the colorful flora endemic to the region. There are picnic sites, hiking trails, and opportunities to go mountain biking or whale watching.
Reviewed September 12, 2013

A beautiful park where the flowers bloom during spring, easily accessible via car and cam move around easily. Plenty of wildlife as well such as caracal, kudu, tortoise, snakes, spring box, zebra, mongoose and many more.

2  Thank Timothy413
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

We visited over the weekend whilst the Post-berg section is still open (Aug and September). The floral carpet was spectacular and the Gemsbok, flamingos, ostrich and others added to the beauty. Definitely worth the drive.

3  Thank DineFrequently
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

About an hour and a half north of Cape Town and an easy drive on good roads, we heard that the flower display (August and Sept) was in full bloom - it was! Beautiful. Had lunch at the restaurant in the park - good food although try and avoid arriving just after a coach full of tourists! Plenty of birds for those who like them - especially raptors and flamingoes. Distant (100yd+) views of zebra, springbok, ostrich, Eland etc. Saw our first ever "wild" tortoises!!
Top tip 1 - tell them you are local when you drive up to pay and you only pay 50% of the international ticket rates (which at 96 Rand a person starts to get expensive with 4 in a car).
Top tip 2 - make sure you do this on a gloriously sunny day.

2  Thank kinwafu
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

It's not a long trip from Cape Town.
We were very lucky to stay in the Park for a couple of nights. It is quite a small park but has lots of interesting features, which I have to admit we didn't entirely cover. The central feature is a calm lagoon and on the other side of the sand bar the crashing Atlantic. When we were there the mist rolled in in the morning.
The spring flowers were just coming out when we got there and they were lovely, I'd like to go back at their best sometime. Driving around we spotted quite a lot of wildlife (tortoises, ostrich, antelope, owl, flamingo, waders, lots of other birds) in the area, and the Postberg section was open with quite a lot more species of antelope around and it is particularly known for it's flowers.

1  Thank 23RUN
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

When we were there it was Fathers Day and completely deserted. This added to our pleasure because we could meander bird spotting without annoying the less patient visitors who only seem to stop for the largest mammals and any predator. The West Coast Park is not for them anyway. With the Lagoon as it's centre piece, this is a bird watchers paradise. We spent all day and could have stayed longer. At our snails pace that was enough for us to get all the way round to the point at the recreational end of the lagoon and back again. Spend a full day, take your time (and a good quality Bird guide) and you will have a glorious day.

Thank FulmerJohn
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