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 Post subject: Re: West Coast National Park flower season is here!
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 7:19 pm 
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Wow!!! O-Dog and Caracal, amazing photos. Wish we were there!!! :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: West Coast National Park flower season is here!
Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 7:43 pm 
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Beautiful!! Postcard pretty! Absolutely :mrgreen: about the caracal sightings. I have yet to see one inside or outside a Park :pray:

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 Post subject: Flower Season - WCNP
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Well its that time of year when veld flowers strut their stuff. When every living creature is full of the joys of spring. The Postberg gate opens to visitors on Sunday 1st. I believe there are flowers in Postberg but they have not reached their peak or even close to it. In the next 2 months though I will keep this thread updated on the progress of the flowers, so watch this space.

Here are a few photos taken in the park to wet the appetite.

This one I took this week on Seeberg lookout point- as you can see the flowers are not yet in full bloom.

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Caracal as seen last flower season near the Postberg gate

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Abrahamskraal birdhide - Cape Teal

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 Post subject: Re: Flower Season - WCNP
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How close is this park to Cape Town? Do you think flowers still in bloom towards end September?

Lovely lovely thread - Thanks :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Flower Season - WCNP
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Jungle Junkie wrote:
How close is this park to Cape Town? Do you think flowers still in bloom towards end September?

WCNP is about a hour's drive north of Cape Town. The peak of the flower season can be variable, but there will still be plenty of flowers at the end of September, even if it is past the peak. And the Postberg section of WCNP stays open through 30 September.

WCNP is one of my favourite places. If you go, be sure not to miss the beach and rocks at Tsaarsbank, where you will be likely to see the endangered African black oystercatcher and other interesting birds.

@TonyT: Your pix are making me homesick, but I'll be back in Darling in September :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Flower Season - WCNP
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Hi there,
These photos I took in Postberg on Monday this week. It was misty on and off and cold so this was not a bad showing. But lets see what happens say in 10 days time.

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I'll keep you all in the picture, so to speak.

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 Post subject: Re: Flower Season - WCNP
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OMW..I just love those flowers !!!

I am still planning to come out on the 14th.....how about a little meet somewhere...somewhere near that caracal maybe ????? :D

Great thread TonyT....may I add a photo? Thank you :D

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 Post subject: Re: Flower Season - WCNP
Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 06, 2010 6:55 am 
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Hi All, here is a little update on flowers currently being seen in the WCNP as compiled by various roleplayers for tourism.


Langebaan Gate to Seeberg Hide:
Orange gousblom, Yellow Suring, Skilpad Tebossie(Yellow), Sukkelbossie(Whtie Flower),Bobbejaankool(Yellow Flower),
Spinnekopblom Stems, Hongerblom(Yellow & Pink).

Road Langebaan Gate to Geelbek:
Kaopkbossie(White Flower),Bobbejaankool (Yellow flower)
Sallie(Brown Flower),Harpuisbos/Euryops(Yellow flower)
Restio/Riet(Brown Flower),Blombos(White Flower),
Geelmelkbos(Yellow Rossete).

Geelbek:
Pink Hongerblom,Restio/Riet(Brown Flower).

Road to Geelbek to Kraalbaai:
Bietou(Yellow Flower),Blombos(White Flower),
Geelmelkbos(Yellow Rossete),Strand Salie(Brown Flower),
Rooi Naeltjie,Truitjie(Red Flower).

Kraalbaai to Tzaarbank:
All the above shrubs.Helder Kuip Vygie(Yellow Flower)
Vygiebos(Bright Purple),Ice Plant,Suring/Sorrel(Yellow &Pink)

Postberg Gate Left to Plankiesbaai:
Suring/Sorrel(Yelllow&Pink),Reenblommetjies,
Eendekos(Yellow button flower),Vygiebos(Bright Purple)
Pronk Tulp/Tulip(Pink),Petsnot(Yellow Flower).

Plankiesbaai Left to Uitkyk:
All the above shrubs. Piempie(Red flower).

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 Post subject: Re: Flower Season - WCNP
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Hi there,

Just some photos I took of the flowers on Monday which I thought you'd enjoy.

On a sad note, the Honorary Rangers tuck shop and info centre both burned down on Friday last week. We lost most of our stock.
But our Park Home was spared, which serves as our book shop.
Monday tho' we were up and running again, using a spare room as a make shift kitchen for hotdogs and hot drinks.

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I will keep on updating this thread with photos of the flowers.

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 Post subject: Re: Flower Season - WCNP
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Just back from WCNP..OMW the flowers are awesome....
Seeberg was just as beautiful as Postberg.
Just a few close ups...

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Flowers that have gone to seed are just as pretty.

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A feast for all the bugs.

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No matter which way you view them..the flowers are exquisite!


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 Post subject: Re: Flower Season - WCNP
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Munchkin wrote:
:clap: Caracal all the pics are superb but that last pic is sublime - love the angle of the pic - :clap: Lovely pic :thumbs_up:


Thx Munchkin :D ..have you been to see the flowers yet ??? A visit to WCNP is a must at this time of the year !!!


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 Post subject: Re: Flower Season - WCNP
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Yes, we were there last Friday. There are still flowers. Not so many, but more than enough to reward walking one of the trails. http://elephantseyegarden.blogspot.com/ ... -west.html


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 Post subject: Re: Flower Season - WCNP
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I love these amazing flowers :clap: :clap:

I know it varies each year, but can anyone tell me whether there is a period when you can be sure of seeing lots of flowers?

Have been thinking of booking some time there next year, but don't want to get there and find there are no flowers :redface: :redface:

We were thinking of the beginning of September?

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 Post subject: Re: Flower Season - WCNP
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Hi vgs -- the flowers depend on the amount of rain that falls in winter, but, generally speaking, the beginning of Sept should still have quite a show :lol:

Postberg is only open for Aug and Sept too.

Good luck & hope to see you there next year :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Still flowers at West Coast NP!!
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We were there last Friday
http://elephantseyegarden.blogspot.com/ ... -iris.html


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