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 Post subject: Postberg
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 12:37 pm 
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I'm looking for info on the following about Postberg in the West Coast National Park:
- Is Postberg a private reserve that has been incorporated into the park - ie is it still private or is it officially part of the West Coast National Park.
- Is there a granite outcrop called Preekstoel in the Postberg Flower Reserve.
- Is Kraalbaai in the Flower Reserve?


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 Post subject: Re: Postberg
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Hi and welcome to the forums! :yaya:

Postberg is indeed part of the WCNP. Have a look in this topic for tons of info and photos, dates to be there etc.

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 Post subject: Re: Postberg
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Hi roelien & welcome to the forum.

Postberg is an 'inner' part of WCNP, and is only open to the public between (i think) 1 August and 15 September every year, which is the wild flower season.

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 Post subject: Re: Postberg
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Correct, more info here.

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 Post subject: Re: Postberg
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roelien wrote:
I'm looking for info on the following about Postberg in the West Coast National Park:
- Is Postberg a private reserve that has been incorporated into the park - ie is it still private or is it officially part of the West Coast National Park.
- Is there a granite outcrop called Preekstoel in the Postberg Flower Reserve.
- Is Kraalbaai in the Flower Reserve?

Hi roelien and Welcome!

Postberg is a "contactual" part of WCNP, which (I'm quoting the WCNP leaflet here :) ) "means that it is private property managed by SANParks". It is only open for the months of August and September (in general that means 1 August - 30 September).

According to the map in my WCNP leaflet, the two granite outcrops in Postberg are called Konstabelkop and Vlaeberg. If there is also a Preekstoel, it is not shown on this map.

Kraalbaai lies outside the Postberg reserve, so is accessible year round.

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 Post subject: Re: Postberg
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roelien wrote:
Is there a granite outcrop called Preekstoel in the Postberg Flower Reserve?

The narrative on this Flickr page says: "ended up here at the PREEKSTOEL Viewpoint inside the WCNP overlooking the Langebaan Lagoon", so it looks as if it is in the WCNP. I don't know if it's in Postberg though. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Postberg
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roelien wrote:
Is there a granite outcrop called Preekstoel in the Postberg Flower Reserve?

The narrative on this Flickr page says: "ended up here at the PREEKSTOEL Viewpoint inside the WCNP overlooking the Langebaan Lagoon", so it looks as if it is in the WCNP. I don't know if it's in Postberg though. :D

Given that the photo was uploaded on 25 May and the text refers to its having been taken on the "past weekend", it would appear that "Preekstoel" (which is not on my map) would NOT be within the Postberg reserve.

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 Post subject: Re: Postberg
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Hi Roelien,welcome to the forum and enjoy your visit to the WCNP and Postberg.The info you've been given is very accurate. Preekstoel is the name given to a sandstone formation on the high tide watermark in the bay just before you reach Postberg.It is known for its "warm" water which makes swimming a pleasant,almost Meditteranean, experience.The water is
extremely calm and sheltered from wind.A million years ago, it was our favourite venue for water-skiing!!The Preekstoel is signposted and has
ample space for parking. :D :D


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 Post subject: Re: Postberg
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There are ablution and picnic facilities overlooking the beach with Preekstoel. This is a fantastic swimming place for children as it is extremely safe. It can also boast as being the oldest swimming beach in South Africa as it was at Preekstoel that the famous Eve's footprints were found!

This are is outside the Postberg and is just before the end of the tar road


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 Post subject: Re: Postberg
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Hi All, this is the actual "Preekstoel" found just before Kraalbaai where the footprint of Eve was discovered. The water here is approximately 10 degrees warmer than those of the Atlantic just around the corner :D In the backgroup you can see Postberg area and Kraalbaai.

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 Post subject: Postberg
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Could anyone tell me how far it is from West Coast Gate to Postberg please, also what is the state of the road and how long would it take . Also to then drive from Postberg to Langebaan would take how long. Very basic questions but I cannot find the answers to them or a key showing distances on the Parks website map. Thank you.
We are hoping to see the flowers in the second week of September and just have one night to spend near the park, should we stay in the park?


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 Post subject: Re: Postberg
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Hello cheaptrip and welcome.

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Could anyone tell me how far it is from West Coast Gate to Postberg please, also what is the state of the road and how long would it take


There is a map here http://www.sanparks.org/parks/west_coast/tourism/map.php but it doesn't give distances. Going by memory, it is probably about 30 km from the main gate on the R27 to the Postberg gate. The road is tar all the way, except for the Postberg section and about a km or 2 before you get there. :) The speed limit is, I think, 50 kph ?? so it would take an hour or less -- also depending on how often you stop.

On the way back, you would turn towards thr Geelbek Restuarant and Langebaan is not far up that road -- about 20 mins or so.

Sorry to be a bit vague, but it gives you an idea, I hope.


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Hi cheaptrip and welcome to the forum!

You can see the area quite well on Google Maps and the distances too, if you zoom in.


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 Post subject: Re: Postberg
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Hi Cheaprtrip.
Love the name, a budget traveller after my own heart! :thumbs_up:

We were in the park yesterday and the flowers are just starting to bloom, so I think it should be quite spectacular by the time you go.

It is about 30 km from the first gate on the CT side with about 3 km of good gravel road before you enter postberg part of the reserve. We saw the most fabulous animals there (Eland, Gemsbok, Bontebok, Springbok, Cape Mountain Zebra, Wildebeest and 5 bat eared foxes.) We also saw Ostriches and numerous birds (sorry Micetta, just learning), :rtm: but could identify the Bulbuls, Lesser Collared Sunbird, Scrub Robin, Bokmakierie, Moorhens and African Spoonbill.

It is about 19 km back to the Geelbek turnoff and then about another 25 km back into Langebaan.
I would love to stay in the park as I should imagine you could get to see the nocturnal animals which you won't see during the day, but that does add to the cost. :?

Good luck and enjoy whatever you decide to do.

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 Post subject: Re: Postberg
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about another 25 km back into Langebaan.

17 km from the junction with the R27-Postberg road. Geelbek is close on 15 km from the Langebaan gate. It is my favorite cycling route so I know it by heart.

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