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“Postberg Wildflower reserve”

West Coast National Park
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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.
Cape Town
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“Postberg Wildflower reserve”
Reviewed September 13, 2013

Postberg is a privately owned piece of land (about 6000 hectares) inside the West Coast national park which is normally not open to the public. Every year however, between August and September the area is opened to the public to visit and marvel at the wonders of nature as it puts on its spectacular wild flower show.
The Postberg shelters the Langebaan lagoon from the sea. It was along this piece of land that the Dutch and the French posted their countries flags in an effort to claim the land for their respective countries way back in the 1600's. After a number of skirmishes and removing each other’s flags the Dutch finally took control of the area in the early 1700's. The area became an outpost of the Dutch colony at the Cape and the mountain's name stems from that, being a mountain outpost.
Why Postberg has been closed to the public is a mystery as the area has fantastic views over the Langebaan lagoon and the islands in it. Some intriguing rock formations. Great views and the plains are a mass of orange, pink and white daisies and other spring wild flowers. There are ostriches Zebra, as well as eland, gemsbok, springbok, wildebeest and bontebok.
The best way to enjoy the annual wonder is to walk the Steenbok Day trail. It is limited to 20 hikers a day and must be booked in advance. To take note that the gate only opens at 09h00 and close again at 17h00.
Tel 022-772-2144 Steenbok trail = One day hike = 13.9km

Visited September 2013
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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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“A place not to be missed during spring”
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.

Visited September 2013
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“Make the trip”
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.

Visited September 2013
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful, peaceful and awesome”
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.

Visited August 2013
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Very beautiful and peaceful”
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.

Visited August 2013
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