The West Coast National Park in Langebaan is about 120km from Cape Town, and is renowned for the wild flowers that appear after the rains at the beginning of spring every year (August to October). Enjoy stunning views of the Langebaan lagoon, natural fynbos and wild flowers, as well as some wildlife.
The beaches in the park are pristine, and Kraal bay is a favourite. Shallow warm lagoon water with white soft sand could easily be mistaken for a tropical island somewhere in Asia.
The area of Postberg, where the carpets of flowers can be seen, is only open during these Spring months. The most common flower species are: Suurvy (Carpobrotus edulis), Elandsvy (Carpobrotus acinaciformis), Gousblom (Arctotis hirsuta), Bokbaai vygie (Dorotheanthus bellidiformis), White rain daisy (Dimorphotheca pluvialis), Sporrie (Heliophila coronopifolia), Magriet (Ursinia anthemoides), and Soetuintjie (Moraea fugax). The park is composed of various kinds of vegetation – as well as the Langebaan fynbos and lagoon – that accounts for the variety of flora and fauna all around the park.
Wildlife in the park includes large antelope such as eland, red hartebeest, bontebok, kudu, gemsbok, steenbok, mountain zebra, duiker and ostriches in the Postberg section.
The 40,000 ha West Coast National Park provides a safe haven for thousands of seabirds, who roost on the sheltered islands and pristine golden beaches. A flamingo population lives in the salt marshes of the Langebaan lagoon. Many species of sea birds, such as the African penguin, African oystercatcher and the endangered Cape gannet, breed on Jutten and Malgas islands in the West Coast National Park.