We entered Postberg and didn’t really know what to expect. The landscape and scenery was very different in comparison to the West Coast NP (the main area). Postberg is more rocky, with huge bolder-like rocks sticking out of the ground in one section, flat pains sprinkled with beautiful flowers in the other and huge hills along the western roads. Postberg also had very rugged dirt roads with no tarred roads, but this isn’t a problem at all for any little car.
Huge boulder-like rocks
There were signs of wildlife every where, tracks (spoor) and droppings of Bontebok, Eland and even Porcupine. As soon as the bush turned into flat land we had our first sighting of Bontebok and two Ostriches in the middle of a field of flowers
. The mist was still coming and going as we drove to the picnic area which I assume looked out onto the lagoon. The area of Vlaeberg was really nice… with huge boulder-like rocks sticking out of the hard gravel ground, unlike West Coast NP soft sandy ground. As we stopped to have a look at the flowers we spotted a Cape Girdled lizard relaxing on a small rock which was like a small island among all the flowers
Map of Postberg (scanned)
We then took a different route back to the gates, through fields of flowers and hills in the distance. There were Steenbok, Bontebok, Springbok and a few Ostriches grazing along the road.
We also saw some lovely birdlife: (the ones I liked)
Southern Black Koraan
Southern Thickbilled Lark
We left beautiful Postberg and were on our way out of the park. As we drove I saw something move, we stopped excitingly to see what it was and through our clenched binoculars there it was a Caracal!!!
The sleek slender cat was walking slowly in our direction (very close about 200meters); it stopped and crouched right down to the ground. After 2 minutes the Caracal, with its pointed tufted ears, turned around and walked in the opposite direction
. I didn’t get a pic of the Caracal as it was lying and looking at us because I know these animal sightings only last for a few seconds so I enjoyed the moment. But I did get a snap shot as it walked away. We waited for another 35minutes and were rewarded by seeing it again from a far distance.
Caracal, chech out those ears
We left the park with a big smile on our face
What a successful trip!
Cape Girdled Lizard
Only 2 tortoises