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 Post subject: 2014 Flower updates - WCNP
Unread postPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 1:52 pm 
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Well folks. Its that time of the year again, and here in Cape Town we are already starting to see the explosions of white and yellow flowers next to the road, on traffic islands and on open fields. Not quite full bloom yet, but getting there.

How is West Coast National Park looking, any updates? Please post

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 Post subject: Re: 2014 Flower updates - WCNP
Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:59 am 
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Lots of rain around followed by few days of sunshine, specifically Friday and a very good day on Sunday. Overcast on Saturday.

All in all, Sunday should be a great day for seeing the flowers all be it at the beginning of the season.

Best wishes, and if you taking the drive up, travel safely.

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 Post subject: Re: 2014 Flower updates - WCNP
Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:25 am 
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Leaping Lizards, thank you for alerting us that it is that tie of the year.
I wanted to visit WCNP earlier than last year - say end Aug...but will look at weather conditions before planning a trip. :D

Would have been nice for a weekend stay over...but does not seem to materialise this year though.

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 Post subject: Re: 2014 Flower updates - WCNP
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 7:30 pm 
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Hi, early August has already past for quite some time and I just wanted to check, what's the flower situation like in WCNP right now? :gflower:

Is it still worth to drive up from CPT this weekend or have we past the tide?

Thanks for a quick and honest note!


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 Post subject: Re: 2014 Flower updates - WCNP
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 9:16 am 
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hi magrund,

I was down in CT this last week and drove up to WCNP on friday and can report that the flowers are in full bloom and we had a great day out.
I have never been before so can't compare to previous years but I was suitably impressed and would recommend it.
There were quite a few other visitors so I would suggest a week day visit or to go early on the weekend if possible.

Hope that helps
Scops


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 Post subject: Re: 2014 Flower updates - WCNP
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 3:40 pm 
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Thanks, Scops, I think I'll give it a try!

Does anyone have a particular suggestion where to go, or it Postberg Section or nothing?


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 Post subject: Re: 2014 Flower updates - WCNP
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 5:47 pm 
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Hello magrund and Welcome!

Take you time to enjoy the whole park. There is plenty to see en route to the Postberg section, but unfortunately far too many visitors race (well over the speed limit :twisted: ) to Postberg (or to the swimming beaches and picnic spots) as if everything else this park has to offer was of no interest. There are lovely expanses of flowers within Postberg but also lovely areas along the way. Postberg does also have some antelope (Cape Mountain zebra, spingbok and eland, amongst others) that you're less likely to see elsewhere in the park, but anything is possible if you take your time. My best sightings of eland have all been outside of Postberg.

One of my favourite spots is Tsaarsbank, where you may see a variety of shore and sea birds, including the endangered African black oystercatcher. I love just watching the breakers crash against the rocks there. And the hide at Abrahamskraal is one of the few hides that I enjoy, I've always seen something interesting there.

Flower season is lovely, but there's LOTS else to WCNP :dance: Enjoy your visit.

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