Situated along the Atlantic Ocean an hour north of Cape Town, West Coast National Park offers pristine beaches and coastal fynbos that bursts into colourful wildflowers in spring. The heart of the park, Langebaan Lagoon, plays host to wetland birds, while on the outskirts windsurfers and kiteboarders play. The short walk (4,6km) from Langebaan gate to Seeberg view point for a beautiful view of the lagoon and a chance to see game such as ostriches and eland along the way.
To try something different, we had booked into one of the houseboats at Kraalbaai. For my two daughters, this turned out to be the highlight of the trip.
– Peter Chadwick, Wild 30
- Wildflower displays in spring
- Three bird hides – look out for flamingoes, waders and black harriers
- Langebaan Lagoon
- Mountain biking and cycling routes
- Day hiking trails
- Whale watching (in season)
- Water sports (in designated areas)
Top sightings: spring wildflowers, flamingoes, osprey, Cape grysbok
Accommodation: Cottages, Duinepos Chalets, Langebaan Houseboats
Main gate: April – August 07:00 – 18:00, September – March 07:00 – 19:00
Postberg: August and September 09:00 – 17:00
Wild Card: Purchase or renew at Geelbek Visitors Centre. Please note that non-refundable conservation fees are payable for entry into the park in order to do so.
Nearest centre: An hour from Cape Town (about 100km)
Know before you go
- The Postberg section is open only in August and September for spectacular wildflower and game viewing from your own vehicle.
- Saldanha Bay (including the Langebaan Lagoon) is a crayfish (rock lobster) and abalone (perlemoen) reserve. Removal of these organisms from this area is a punishable offence.
- Due to the recreational zoning of the park some water sports are restricted to certain areas – please adhere to regulations.
Contact park: +27 (0)22 772 2144
SANParks Central Reservations: +27 (0)12 428 9111, [email protected]
Visit West Coast National Park’s home page.
Packing list – Sponsored
We asked the team at Cape Union Mart for their gear recomendations for a visit to one of our favourite parks.
- Map and gear for navigation
- Sun protection, yes even in Winter
- Food and hydration and a good flask for something warm
- Lumination and some backup power like this Powertraveller Solar Monkey Adventurer
- First-aid supplies
- Good binoculors like Malkin Binocs
- Sensible luggage like this a gearbag and backpack
- A reliable multi-tool
- Shelter like have a tent and sleeping bags, even if you’re not camping is always a good idea
For more gear ideas and advice visit the Cape Union Mart site.