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
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