5 Reasons To Visit The West Coast National Park

The West Coast National Park is only a hour drive outside Cape Town and it has become one of my favorite spots. It has gorgeous beaches, braai facilities, some wildlife and absolutely beautiful views.

Here are my reasons to visit The West Coast National Park

Have a beach day at Kraalbaai

Kraalbaai is like a little slice of heaven! If there is one reason to visit The West Coast National Park it would be to chill at Kraalbaai for the day. This white sand beach next to the bright blue Langebaan lagoon is perfect for a day of fun. The water always seems to be swimming temperature and its also the perfect place to get your floaty on!

Preekstoel rock makes for a dramatic backdrop and alcoves on the beach turn into secret beaches when the tide comes in. It also keeps you safe from that seemingly endless West Coast wind.

We spent two weeks anchored just off Kraalbaai on a yacht and it was the best thing ever to kayak in everyday for our dose of beach vibes.

Enjoy the wild flowers in August and September

I love hearing that the wild flowers have started popping up as it is always the first sign that Spring is on its way. During August and September the Postberg area in the West Coast National Park is open. The rest of the year cars are not allowed in the area so it is a real treat when the gates open and you can take a peak at this beautiful area. Carpets of beautiful white flowers cover the ground creating a striking contrast against the orange dirt road.

You can drive there with any type of car but going with a 4×4 always makes it seem like a bit more of an adventure. You can even drive to the pretty little beach of Plankies baai or have amazing views up at Uitkyk.

( Read my post on the ultimate guide to flower season  )

 

Go on your own wildlife and bird safari

If you didn’t know the park also has some animal species that you could possibly spot while driving around. Tortoises are easily spotted but you can also see the beautiful Bontebok, Ostriches and even Caracal if you are lucky.

There are also two bird hides if you are into that and sometimes beautiful lesser flamingo’s will be waiting for you on the edge of the lagoon.

Enjoy a hike or cycle

There are quite a few hiking trails and MTB routes if you feel like getting active. You can choose between hikes that range from a couple of hours to two days. There are also four stunning cycling routes available .

Stay over on a houseboat or cottage

I can’t recommend staying over at the West Coast National Park enough. I definitely think the park has some pretty unique accommodation which definitely gives you a great reason to spend a few days there. You can stay in some cute cottages that are scattered throughout the park or you can treat yourself and stay in a houseboat on the lagoon. Having stayed on a yacht next to the houseboats I can tell you that it definitely is the way to go especially on those beautiful Summer days.

What you need to know when visiting the West Coast National Park:

  • The cost is R77 per person during flower season
  • September to March – 07:00 – 19:00 / April to August – 07:00 – 18:00
  • You are not allowed to use your drone in the park
  • The speed limit is 50km/h throughout the park
  • No pets are allowed inside the park
  • Don’t pick the flowers 🙂

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