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Gate closure: Langebaan Country estate cycle challenge - 11 November 2017

We request that the internal road system be used for emergency only during the following time on Saturday, 11th November 2017 due to the sporting event being held on this day (Langebaan Country Estate Cycle Challenge).

Saturday, 11 November 2017
West Coast Gate road to Kraal Bay - 07h00 - 13h00
Langebaan gate to T-junction - 07h00 - 13h00

We thank you for your co-operation.

Visitor Tips

  1. Read more about the work done by the SANParks Honorary Rangers of the West Coast Region on the Heritage Blog.
  2. Remember to bring along bathing suit, angling equipment, hat, sun block, walking shoes, camera, binoculars, bird and mammal reference books.
  3. Water sport enthusiasts should acquaint themselves with local conditions and boating and angling regulations.
  4. Due to the recreational zoning of the park some water sports are restricted to certain areas. Please adhere to regulations.
  5. No alcohol is permitted in any of the public areas such as picnic and braai sites as well as on beaches and around the lagoon.

Main Attractions

  1. Kraalbaai Beach and Information Centre
  2. Picnic/braai area at Tsaarsbank
  3. Geelbek Visitors Centre
  4. Hiking at Geelbek - Strandveld Trails
  5. Eve's Footprint and Trail
  6. Bird watching
  7. Flower Season

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West Coast National Park boasts a number of beautiful and serene accommodation facilities within the park. Some are privately owned and managed and need to be booked through the managing company.

For full details of accommodation offerings, please click on each of the below:

Abrahamskraal Cottage

This self catering cottage is situated near the Abrahamskraal waterhole.

The Unit is a fully equipped 6 Bed Cottage (2 en suite bedrooms, 1 bedroom with a double bed and the second bedroom has 2 single beds and 2 pull-out beds), with an open plan living area and kitchen. There is a fireplace in the living area to utilize as a braai or fireplace. Guests should bring their own braai wood.

The fridge-freezer combination, geysers and stove are all gas operated. Electricity in the house is provided by solar energy. There are no points or plugs for electric equipment and guests are requested to use the lights sparingly. Tap water comes from a well-point and is safe to drink, however guests may not be accustomed to the taste so they are welcome to provide their own drinking water. No pets, loud music or portable generators are allowed in the West Coast National Park.

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Van Breda Cottage

This recently renovated, self catering cottage can accommodate a maximum of six (6) people. The cottage used to serve as one of the homesteads on the Geelbek Farm. It is situated at the Geelbek stables.

The Unit is fully equipped and has electricity available.

The cottage features one bedroom with a double bed and two bedrooms each with two single beds. Other features include a bathroom and shower, dining/kitchen area and a braai facility.

Please note:

The cottage is in close proximity to the Geelbek Environmental Education Centre where group bookings (schools, universities, etc.) are accommodated.

Steytler Cottage

This recently renovated, self catering cottage can accommodate a maximum of two (2) people. It is situated at the Geelbek stables.

The Unit is fully equipped and has electricity available.

The cottage features one bedroom with a double bed, bathroom and shower. There is an open-plan dining/kitchen area with a sleeper couch. The unit has a fire place.

Please note:

The cottage is in close proximity to the Geelbek Environmental Education Centre where group bookings (schools, universities, etc.) are accommodated.

Jo Anne's Beach Cottage

This exclusive self-catering cottage is situated near Churchaven, within walking distance of the lagoon. It is a fully equipped self-catering (3 en-suite bedrooms-sleeping 8 persons in total) cottage, with an open plan living area and kitchen. There are braai facilities on the front stoep and in the back yard.

It has three bedrooms, each with toilet and shower. The main bedroom has a double bed, the second has two single beds and the third is a 'children's' room with two pullout beds (sleeps four). The kitchen has a gas fridge and stove, fitted cupboards, utensils, serving/eating counter with stools.

The lounge has four lounge chairs, table and with jetmaster. The stoep looks out on the lagoon and has a braai.

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Jo Anne's B Cottage

This cottage has been renovated to accommodate a maximum of four guests. It is a self-catering cottage situated in the West Coast National Park, near Churchaven and in walking distance from the lagoon. The house is fully equipped (linen, cutlery and crockery) and includes one bedroom with a double bed and one bedroom with two single beds. It also features an open-plan kitchen and dining room area,a bathroom and shower. The cottage is gas- and solar-operated.

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Duinepos Chalets

"Recharge your spirit, waking up with the sounds of birds, experience a beautiful sunrise, being surrounded by the silence of nature itself. A peaceful, private haven of tranquility. It is affordable! It is beautiful!"

Duinepos Chalets are situated inside the West Coast National Park. Each Chalet is situated to ensure privacy, peace and tranquility, as you take in the fresh sea breeze, azure waters, and all that the park has to offer over the various seasons...from spectacular birdlife, to the tapestry of spring flowers that cover the strandveld during August and September each year.

The Duinepos Story:

Duinepos Chalets is a community-based project brought to life in 2005 as part of the sustainable livelihoods programme of the South African Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism.

During the first phase 8 old houses previously occupied by staff of the West Coast National Park were restored; the service infrastructure was upgraded, the area landscaped and locals were recruited to manage the project.

The second phase of the project saw the addition of a swimming pool, boma (out-door recreational area), and 3 additional chalets to the facilities. For this phase an eco-friendly approach was taken; a local crew was empowered to build using the sandbag method.

More than 3 years later the success story provides a 3-star accommodation that blends in with West Coast fynbos. It is here where nature lovers from all over the world come to recharge their spirits.

Chalet features:

For bookings and more information, contact:

Duinepos Chalets
Tel: +27 (0) 22 707 9900
Visit their website.

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Geelbek Stables (for school and community groups)

The Geelbek Stables are specifically designed to accommodate school and community groups. The units are dormitory-style and can take up to 62 people and more by arrangement.

All groups can check-in at the Geelbek Information Centre from 14:00 to 16:00. After office hours they can check in either at the Langebaan or R27 gates and have to vacate the accommodation at 10:00am on the date of departure and hand keys in at the Geelbek Information Centre.

View the different educational programmes that are offered by the park.

Houseboats - permanently moored floating chalets

Two well-equipped Houseboats, permanently moored in the calm turquoise waters of Langebaan Lagoon at Kraalbaai in the West Coast National Park, offer a unique experience to all guests.

A luxurious and beautifully appointed, fully equipped, double-storey 22 sleeper Houseboat comprising: 9 Bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 lounges, 2 kitchens and ample deck space on both level s is available. This Houseboat is ideally suited for corporate groups, functions, special occasions or family getaways.

Also available is a cosy fully-equipped two-bedroomed 6 sleeper Houseboat offering an intimate getaway for couples young and old or a fun family breakaway.

No boating experience is necessary as both are permanently moored.

Please note that due to minimum stay-duration rules enforced on reservations for the Larus House Boat, prospective guests interested in making use of this accommodation-type during their visit to the West Coast National Park are encouraged to contact any reservations office for availability enquiries as well as to make a reservation.

For bookings and more information:

Martin Erasmus
Tel: 076 017 4788

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Please note:

Accommodation images may differ from the actual units as refurbishment of various accommodation types occur on an on-going basis.

To view the accommodation prices, refer to our Tariffs.

General Information:

For bookings for Abrahamskraal Cottage and Jo-Annes beach Cottage contact Central Reservations / Geelbek information centre: +27 (0) 022 707 9902/ +27 (0) 022 772 2145.

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Activities & Facilities

West Coast National Park surrounds the beautiful clear waters of the Langebaan Lagoon. The lagoon itself is divided into 3 recreational zones, with different activities and facilities in each:

Wild Card Purchases

Park Activities

Walks and Trails

Geelbek Short Day Walks:

Bakoor Trail

This is a short walk from the Langebaan gate to the Seeberg View Point, which is 4,6km long. Along this route bat eared foxes, Ostriches, Eland and many other animals can be spotted, as well as the beautiful view of the Langebaan lagoon.

Strandveld Trail Two-Day Hike

Day 1 of this trail will take you through about 14km of Strandveld unique to the West Coast of South Africa. Learn to identify plants such as the wild asparagus, sedge-stemmed love grass and many more while walking on this trail.

Day 2 of this trail is 14km long and will take you through Strandveld to the Sixteen Mile Beach before heading back to Geelbek.

Postberg Two Day Hiking Trails (Only during August and September)

NB! This trail must be booked in advance (bookings open in June). For booking and tariff information, contact the Geelbek Information Centre on 022 707 9902/3.

Postberg Trail in a Nutshell:

General Information for the Postberg Trail:

Steenbok One Day Trail (Only during August and September)

Steenbok Trail in a Nutshell:

NB! This trail must be booked in advance (bookings open in June). For booking and tariff information, contact the Geelbek Information Centre on 022 707 9902/3.

General Information for the Steenbok Trail:

Eve's Trail

Eve's Trail is a 2,5 day 30km guided trail, traversing the ancient steps of "Eve" - the being from whom it is thought that all human life descended.

Eve's footprint was discovered in rock (formerly sea sand) at Kraalbaai in 1995 and are said to belong to a young woman who lived 117 000 years ago. The original prints are housed at the Iziko Museums' South African Museum in Cape Town. The replica of the footprint can be seen at the Geelbek Visitor's Centre.

The trail is fully guided, catered and portered.
For more information and booking, visit

General Trail Regulations

The above trails are situated within a national park and are therefore subject to the National Parks Act. The most applicable regulations are:

Cycling and Mountain Biking Trails

Cycling route information

***All cyclist are expected to pay normal conservation fees at the gate or buy a Wild Card.***

Cycling routes:

Mountain biking routes:

Code of Conduct for Cycling and Mountain Biking:

Download the West Coast National Park cycling routes map.

Bird Watching

West Coast National Park is home is over 250 bird species, over a quarter of South Africa's total. Some of these, such as the Curlow Sandpiper, Sanderling and Knot, journey 15 000km from Russia every year to their breeding grounds inside this beautiful National Park on the West Coast of South Africa.

The four bird hides inside the Park give you the opportunity of viewing some of the many bird species found in this area, such as Flamingo, Ostrich and Black Harriers. Bird hides can be found at Geelbek (two), the Abrahamskraal Waterhole and below the Seeberg Lookout Point.

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View more information on Birding in the park.

Picnic and Braai Sites

Enjoy a relaxing day at the beach with family and friends. Kraalbaai's beach provides the perfect peaceful setting for having a picnic or braai with the whole family.

If you fancy the beach as against the banks of the lagoon, take a drive further north to the Tsaarsbank section of the park and picnic or braai while looking out for whales swimming along the coastline (during August and September).

Please do note that alcohol is not permitted at public areas such as the picnic and braai sites, beaches and the banks and shores of the Langebaan Lagoon.

High Season!

During the peak summer and holiday months of December and January, West Coast National Park is a very popular spot amongst both local and international tourists - so be sure to come early to avoid queues and to find a braai-spot, as these are first-come, first-serve and cannot be reserved.

Whale Watching

During the months of August and September, visitors to the park are treated to magnificent displays by Southern Right whales passing our shores - these beautiful creatures can be viewed as they swim along the coastline in the Tsaarsbank section of the park.

Flower Season

During August and September, West Coast National Park bursts into a vast array of colour as Spring brings with it a landscape of flowering fynbos and veld.

Particularly prominent in the Postberg section of the park (which is only open to the public during Flower Season), the beautifully bright colour-scapes are unmatched along the West Coast of South Africa.

Take a drive or hike through the Postberg section during flower season and you are guaranteed to capture picturesque scenes of Game in amongst the colourful flowers.

Flower Season Popularity:

Flower Season at West Coast National Park has become increasingly popular in the last few years, and visitors are encouraged to come early to avoid long queues at park gates, which on sunshine days, can be very long.

Tips to make the most of Flower Season:

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Information Centres are situated at Preekstoel and Geelbek.
The are no ATM facilities available inside the Park.

Geelbek Information Centre:

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Park Map

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Guide to West Coast National Park

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Daily Conservation & Entry Fees

Daily Conservation Fees for 1 November 2017 to 31 October 2018

Outside Flower Season

South African Citizens and Residents (with ID) R54 per adult, per day
R27 per child, per day
SADC Nationals (with passport) R80 per adult, per day
R40 per child, per day
Standard Conservation Fee R80 per adult, per day
R40 per child, per day

In Flower Season (August & September)

South African Citizens and Residents (with ID) R76 per adult, per day
R38 per child, per day
SADC Nationals (with passport) R110 per adult, per day
R55 per child, per day
Standard Conservation Fee R170 per adult, per day
R85 per child, per day

Accommodation & Camping Tariffs

General Tariff Information

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Vital Information


Rain occurs mainly from May to August. Summers are dry with early morning mists with southeasterly or southwesterly winds. A temperate coastal climate prevails.

Day Visitors

Day visitors are welcome, and form the bulk of all visitors to the park. They can obtain food and refreshments at Geelbek and when Postberg is open during Flower Season (August - September) there is a kiosk.

Note to Day Visitors

Download our Gate Registration & Indemnity document and complete before your visit in order to save time when entering the park.

Fuel Stations: Petrol/ Diesel

Vehicle fuel is not available in the park .  The nearest fuel station is in the Langebaan Village (approx. 5km from the park).
South African legislation stipulates that fuel stations will accept legitimatepetrol/fuel/garage/credit/debit cards or cash as a form of payment for any fuel purchase.

Gate Times / Office Hours

September to March:

07:00 - 19:00
Last vehicle entry at 18:30

April to August:

07:00 - 18:00
Last vehicle entry at 17:30

Postberg opens during August & September:

(Flower season) 09:00 - 17:00
Last entry to Postberg at 16:30

Check-In times

West Coast Check-in times
Accommodation check-in & check-out times

Check-in at 14:00

Check-out at 10:00


*** No late arrivals will be allowed. ***

Emergency Numbers

For emergencies within the park, contact Reception during office hours (08:00-16:00 Monday to Friday) on +27 (0) 22 707 9902/ 022 772 2145 or the Manager on duty at any time (including after hours) on 072 873 6453.

Useful Emergency Contacts:

Tips & Hints

Lost and Found

For lost items, please contact Reception on +27 (0)22 707 9902/3 or email us.

Contact Information

For enquiries email West Coast National Park or phone us on the following numbers:

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Birding in West Coast National Park

The park surrounds the Langebaan Lagoon, which is a world Ramsar site (site’s deemed to be of global significance to wetland bird species).

Many of the wader species are Palearctic migrants, so summer is the best time to visit the lagoon, particularly in September as species return fatigued from their transcontinental travel, and March when they congregate in large numbers to feed heavily prior to undertaking the reverse journey. In such times, the birds are often changing into or out of their Northern Hemisphere breeding plumage.

The best time to observe the lagoon waders is to visit the Geelbek hide from low tide as the tide is coming in. As the water level rises the waders are forced closer to the hide until eventually they must fly off until the tide has receded once more. The smaller species depart first, with the more long-legged godwits, whimbrels and curlews the last to leave. Knot, Sanderling, Little Stint, Ruff, Marsh, Terek and Curlew Sandpiper, Turnstone, Ringed and Grey Plover, Greenshank, Whimbrel, Curlew and Bar-tailed Godwit are present on most occasions, while there is always the possibility of seeing rarer species. Little Egret and South African Shelduck may be seen alongside the waders. Flamingoes and White Pelican frequent deeper water, and there is chance of seeing Osprey. Another isolated hide west of the Geelbek educational centre overlooks a salt pan that is an excellent place to see Chestnut-banded Plover.

The reserve’s fynbos surrounding the lagoon hosts Southern Black Korhaan, Cape Spurfowl and Grey-winged Francolin, Southern Grey and Cape Penduline Tit, Ant-eating Chat, White-throated and Yellow Canary, Karoo Lark, Chestnut-vented Tit-babbler, Bokmakierie and Cape Bunting are all easily seen. African Marsh and Black Harrier can often be seen quartering the ground.

The coastal islands at the mouth of the lagoon are breeding havens for a number of species such as Kelp and Hartlaub’s Gull, Cape Gannet , and African Penguin. Cormorants and terns are present too.

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The largest concentration of mammals in the West Coast National Park can be found  the Postberg section, but this is only open to the public during the annual flower season (August and September). However, mammals are found throughout the rest of the reserve. Eland, red hartebeest, Cape grysbok, caracal and rock hyrax are some of the terrestrial species to search for. Visitors should also keep an eye on the Atlantic Ocean for passing whales and dolphins.

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Order Carnivora - Carnivores

Family Canidae - true dogs

Bat Eared For (Otocyon megalatos)

Traits: A sizeable grizzled gray fox. Huge, cupped ears with black backs and a dark brown or black face mask. Lower limbs and upper tail are black. Forefeet equipped with 20-cm claws for efficient digging.
Ecology: Prefer arid regions. Eighty percent of food is insects with a prefer-ence for termites and succulent subterra-nean beetle larvae. Locate prey by lowering their heads, keeping ears close to the ground and listening above ground and underground. Also eat small rodents, reptiles and fruit.
Social structure: Monogamous (remain with one partner for life). Pairs forage and raise pups (2 to 5) together. Pairs live in burrows, which they dig themselves or adapt springhare or aardvark holes.

Cape Fox (Vulpes chama)

Traits: The only true fox and the smallest canid found in South Africa. It is silver-grey in colour with large pointed ears and a dark colouring around the mouth. Adults measure 350 mm at the shoulder and have a weight of 2.5 to3 kg. They are remarkably agile, espe-cially since the bushy tail serves as a counter-balance when dodging and weaving.
Ecology: The Cape fox is endemic to the Cape region and surrounding areas. These animals are active hunters and prey on insects, mice and other small animals. They occasionally feed on wild fruit. Excess food is cached in holes and covered with ground. Most of their activity is at night.
Social structure: The Cape fox appears to be monogamous. They are solitary animals (except females with cubs) and live in dens.

Family Mustelidae - badgers, otters, polecat and weasel

Honeybadger or Ratel (Mellivora capensis)

Traits: Broadly and powerfully built carnivore with stout legs and broad feet, foreclaws like curved knifes with sharp edges, conspicuous white or grey upper parts and black lower parts. It has an almost impenetrable, thick, loose skin, which enables the animal to turn in its skin to attack an enemy that got hold of it.
Ecology: It tolerates a wide range of conditions. It would eat almost any arthropods and small vertebrates, including rodents, reptiles, birds and bees' honey and larvae.
Social structure: They are usually solitary, but occasionally pairs or fam-ily groups can be seen.

Family Viverridae - genets, civet and mongooses

Small Grey Mongoose (Galerella pulverulenta)

Traits: A small grey mongoose.
Ecology: They have a diet of in-vertebrates, reptiles, mice and small birds. Hunting by sound, sight and scent, they poke into vegetation and scratch in debris.
Social structure: Diurnal with peaks of activity during the mornings and afternoons. Solitary animals except during the mating season, when male-female pairs can be seen.

Family Felidae - true cats

Caracal (Rooikat) (Felis caracal)

Traits: Long legs with hindquarters higher and more developed than forequarters. Strongly built with big feet, a short face and powerful jaws. A distinctive feature is their high upstanding ears with tassels of long hair on the top. Lips, the back of the ears and the tufts are black and there are dark facial markings on the cheeks and over the eyes, bordered with white fur.
Ecology: Most caracals live in arid bush country. They take a wide range of food from insects to small antelope but feed mostly on rodents. They catch prey by stalking, chasing and pouncing.
Social structure: They are nocturnal, solitary and secretive. Litters of up to four kittens are born.

African wildcat ( Vaalboskat) (Felis silvestris lybica)

Traits: Legs and tail are striped, sometimes pale stripes on body, black garters on legs and rufous ears. Longer legs than the domes-tic cat with exceptionally long front legs, which result in a more upright seated posture.
Ecology: The African wildcat occurs in virtually all places where rats and mice are plentiful. It feeds mainly on rodents but also on small birds, lizards, snakes, frogs and large insects.
Social structure: Although they are noctur-nal, there is a good chance of spotting them during early mornings and afternoons. They are solitary animals (except a female with her kittens).

Order Artiodactyla - Even-toed ungulates

Family Bovidae - buffalo and antelopes

Cape Grysbok / Kaapse Grysbok (Raphicerus melanotis)

Traits: Shoulder height is 54 cm, mass between 10 and 12 kg. Although reddish brown, the white hairs on the back and upper parts give the grysbok a grizzled effect. The coat appears quite rough. Ears are large, buff white inside and greyish on the back. Only the males have horns rising vertically from the head.
Ecology: Found along the eastern coastal belt of South Africa as well as the south-eastern Cape, westwards to the Cape Peninsula. They graze and browse and go without water for long periods.
Social structure: They begin their nocturnal activities at dusk. Most of the time they live alone, the females in overlapping home ranges and the males in territories. Mating occurs on the move and a single offspring is born usually in September or October. Both sexes urinate and defecate in middens. If alarmed they dash away, then suddenly drop and freeze.

Grey Rhebok / Vaalribbok (Pelea capreolus)

Traits: Shoulder height 70-76 cm, mass between 18 and 23 kg. They have good eyesight, hearing and sense of smell. When they run they show a distinctive white tail.
Ecology: Occur throughout the Cape, Lesotho, KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland and southern Mpumalanga. They are brows-ers, able to survive without drinking.
Social structure: They live in groups of one adult male with up to a dozen females and their offspring. Each group has a home range and the male defends it against other males. Territorial males are aggressive and their straight horns are deadly weapons. Occupied areas are marked with secretions from the pedal glands. Their alarm signal is a snort.

Common Duiker / Duiker (Sylvicapra grimmia)

Traits: Shoulder height 60 cm, mass between 12 and 16 kg. A uniform brown to reddish-brown with pale to white underparts. Ears are long and broad. Only males have horns, which are about 11 cm long. Tail fairly short, black above and white below. They are mainly browsers but also take a large range of other vegetable food including fruits, bark, flowers, gum, and roots but rarely grass. They rarely drink.
Ecology: This is a common species found throughout southern Africa.
Social structure: They are active in the early morning and from late afternoon until very late in the evening. The rest of the time they lie in the shade of dense vegetation. The com-mon duiker is solitary except when mating or a female with a lamb. They give birth to a single offspring at any time of the year. The female will drop her lamb in heavy cover and leave it there, returning two or three times a day to clean and suckle it. If the baby is disturbed it gives an alarm bleat, which brings its mother rushing to protect it.

Steenbok (Raphicerus campestris)

Traits: Shoulder height 50 to 56 cm, mass between 12 and14 kg. A small, graceful antelope with long slender legs and a slim body. The upper parts of the body vary in colour from rufous brown to reddish while the underparts are pure white. The tail is also white underneath. Only males have horns, which rise vertically with a slight forward curve near the tips. The ears are outstandingly large, with the same colour as the body on the outside and light insides with black fringes at the centre. They are mainly browsers and prefer forbs to woody plants. They can live without water by eating melons and digging up juicy roots.
Ecology: Found throughout southern Africa in both arid and temperate regions. They are both grazers and browsers.
Social structure: They are solitary and territorial except for mating pairs and females with young. Mainly diurnal, they are most active in the cool of the early morning and in the late afternoon and evening. Near their territorial boundaries they defecate and urinate in middens, but elsewhere they have the unusual habit of digging a hole with their fore-feet and burying their excrement. The lambs are born in dense vegeta-tion, where they stay hidden while the mother feeds.

Springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis)

Traits: Shoulder height 78 to 84 cm, mass between 36 and 50 kg. Both sexes have horns, which are lyre-shaped and heavily ridged; the males' horns are heavier and longer than the females'. They are both browsers and grazers. Independent of water, but will drink regularly if water is available. When startled the members of a herd dash in all direc-tions with leaps that can take them 2 metres of the ground and cover 6 metres. They can sprint away at 88 km/h.
Ecology: Springbok live in habitats ranging from dry areas of the Kala-hari to the barren regions of Namibia.
Social structure: Springbok form herds of a few dozen animals but congregate in much larger groups in areas of good feeding. When fe-males drop their lambs the lambs stay hidden in long grass under bushes. Within a week they can sprint away, but it takes them a month to stay with the herd.

Bontebok (Damaliscus dorcas dorcas)

Traits: Shoulder height between 83 and 99 cm, mass between 59 and 95 kg. Both sexes have horns, but the females' are more slender than those of the males. Striking in appearance, showing a distinctive blaze on the face. Most active early in the morning and late in the after-noon. They are grazers, preferring short grass, and drink at least once a day.
Ecology: Bontebok are confined to the south-western Cape.
Social structure: Adult males establish stable territories, through which female herds move. The territorial male often stands on a patch of higher ground with a proud stature.

Red Hartebeest / Rooihartbees (Alcelaphus buselaphus)

Traits: Medium-sized antelope. Shoulder height between 1.20 and 1.37m, mass be-tween 150 and 159 kg. Horns in both sexes, which are ringed and complexly recurved. Coat short, glossy, plain tan to chestnut. As grazers and browsers they feed selectively, preferring freshly sprouted grass. Will drink regularly, although capable of going for long periods without water while deriving moisture from shrubs, succulents and melons.
Ecology: Prefer plains and transition zones between savanna and arid biomes.
Social structure: Live in herds up to about 30.

Eland (Taurotragus oryx)

Traits: Largest antelope. Shoulder height 1,5 to 1,75 m, mass up to 900 kg. Both sexes have horns, which have one to two tight spirals. The males' horns are thicker but shorter than the females'. Small ears. Cow-like tail with black tuft. Tawny colour - darkening with age to reddish brown. Independent of water; they derive their moisture intake from plants. Mainly browsers but will also graze. Eat leaves, wild fruits, bulbs and the bark of certain trees.
Ecology: They are nomadic, inhabiting savannas and open plains, light woodland and grassland.
Sociastruture: Gregarious and non-territorial, they form small herds, whose copostion changes seasonally. During the winter bulls and cows herd sepa-rately but in the spring they form breading herds. Cooperative defence of young against predators.

Order Perissodactyla - Odd-toed ungulates

Family: Equidae

Mountain Zebra / Kaapse Bergsebra (Equus zebra zebra)

Traits: Shoulder height 1.2 to 1.4 m, mass between 227 and 272 kg. It has a short mane and a well-developed dewlap below the throat. It is capable of going without water for up to three days. When in search of water, it will dig down up to three meters. Its call is a low, plaintive neigh. As a grazer, it feeds on tufted grass. Active during the day.
Ecology: Lives in arid stony regions. Its black stripes are broader than those of Hartman's moun-tain zebra.
Social structure: Herds up to 6 mares and their foals are controlled by a dominant stallion. These herds are formed by stallions herding unattached females. Stallions are unable to breed until they have gained control over a herd. There is a dominance hierarchy among a herds' females, which is established through fighting. A mare with a foal is very possessive of the foal and very aggressive towards outsiders. A foal can run beside its mother within hours of its birth.


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Though the thousands of migrating birds is one the main reasons for the conservation of the West Coast National Park, the showy plants of the area, usually growing on granite or limestone rocks, especially during spring time, are what attracts most of its visitors to this fascinating park.

WCNP contains mostly strandveld vegetation (24,025 ha), which was previously classified as West Coast Strandveld and Langebaan Fynbos /Thicket Mosaic. In recent years the park has expanded incorporating substantial areas (6,382 ha) of an additional vegetation type /broad habitat unit i.e. Hopefield Sand Plain Fynbos, previously called Coastal Fynbos. Both these habitat units were given a 50 % irreplaceability rating, however, sand plain fynbos is regarded to be of higher conservation value than strandveld, due to very little being formally conserved and it being more threatened by alien plant invasion.

The strandveld vegetation of WCNP occurs on the Langebaan peninsula and east of the Langebaan lagoon on deep calcareous sands of the Langebaan formation. Sand plain fynbos occurs inland of the strandveld on deep acidic light-grey to pale-red sands of the Springfontyn formation. Extensive marshes, dominated by Sarcocornia, Salicornia, Spartina, Limonium, Phragmites, Typha, Juncus, and Scirpus species, occur on the fringes of the Langebaan lagoon.

The vegetation of the park, excluding the newly acquired properties such as Van Niekerks Hoop, Kalkklipfontein, Langefontein and Elandsfontein, may be divided into 36 associations (or communities), having some 482 plant species (including salt marsh species), of which 21 are Red Data Book species. A further 14 Red Data species have been recorded, or are likely to occur on the newly acquired sections of land.

Flowers that can be seen during the year (not just flower season):

Candelabra flower (Brunsvigia orientalis)


Flowers: February to April (When it flowers, the leaves die and are not visible)
Where to find: Sandy, mainly coastal flats.

Rooinaeltjie (Lachenalia bulbifera)

Flowers: April to September
Where to find: Sandy slopes and flat along coast.

Chinkerinchee (Ornithogalum thyrsoides)


Flowers: October to December
Where to find: Sandy flats, lower slopes, often in vleis.

Bruinsalie / strandsalie (Salvia Africana-lutea)


Flowers: June to December
Where to find: Most likely to see while driving on road (road shoulders).

Rooimalva (Pelargonium fulgidum)


Flowers: June to November
Where to find: Rocky slopes (often coastal granite) - Clusters of flowers.

Leonotis leonurus

Flowers: November to July
Where to find: Roadsides in park.

Flower Season

Flower season in the West Coast National Park is at its peak from August to September annually. During these two months visitors to the park will see a wide variety of flowers on display, from daisies, to bulbs etc. Large areas of flowers can be seen in the Seeberg\Mooimaak and Postberg areas.

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Photography by Carmen Gagiano.

During a visit to the park in flower season, visitors can expect to see the following species on display:

Suurvy (Carpobrotus edulis)

Flowers: August to October
Where to find: Coastal and inland slopes all over park.

Elandsvy (Carpobrotus acinaciformis)


Flowers: August to December
Where to find: Coastal sands all over park.

Gousblom (Arctotis hirsuta)


Flowers: August to October
Where to find: Easily seen in the Postberg area on old lands and Seeberg\Mooimaak area - on sandy slopes and flats.

Bokbaai vygie (Dorotheanthus bellidiformis)

Bokbaai Vygie

Flowers: August to September
Where to find: Sandy flats in the Postberg area.

White rain daisy (Dimorphotheca pluvialis)

White Rain Daisy

Flowers: August to October
Where to find: On sandy flats, widespread in the Postberg area on old lands and Seeberg\Mooimaak area.

Sporrie (Heliophila coronopifolia)


Flowers: August to October (only blue flower in the WCNP)
Where to find: Most frequently seen in Uitkyk area of Postberg.

Magriet (Ursinia anthemoides)


Flowers: August to October
Where to find: Seen in Postberg (old lands) on sandy gravel slopes and flats.

Soetuintjie (Moraea fugax)

Soet Uintjie

Flowers: August to November
Where to find: Deep sand, rocky sandstone, and granitic soils in the Postberg area as well as rocky areas in Uitkyk area.

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People with disabilities

Wheelchair Access


Duinepos Chalets:


Two chalets are disabled-friendly. Each chalet offers 2 bedrooms, an open plan kitchen, lounge, fire place, shower, toilet and an outdoor braai area. Other facilities include: swimming pool, communal braai and boma area.

For bookings and more information, contact:
Duinepos Chalets
Tel: +27 (0) 22 707 9900

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Accessible Activities & Facilities

The major attractions of the reserve are the marine and lagoon fauna and flora, fossil deposits, flower displays, wading birds and the use of houseboats. There are a variety of visitor destinations within WCNP all with varying access potential. Some of the more noteworthy ones include:

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People and Conservation

The goal of People & Conservation (P&C) is to build constituencies among people in support of the conservation of the natural and cultural heritage efforts of SANParks. P&C ensures that a broad base of South Africans participate and get involved in biodiversity initiatives and further that all its operations have a synergistic existence with neighbouring or surrounding communities for their socio-economic benefit. We do this through:

  1. Community Relations - to establish an effective community relations environment with stakeholders in the proximity of the parks.
  2. Cultural Resource Management & Indigenous Knowledge - to manage our protected areas, in a manner that will uphold the rights of all people, as well as protecting and restoring places of cultural and spiritual significance.
  3. Environmental Education awareness, Interpretation & Training - to implement comprehensive environmental interpretation, awareness and education programmes particularly targeting children and previously excluded sectors.
  4. Youth Outreach - to coordinate and integrate portfolios of youth conservation awareness projects and tasks.

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Educational Programmes

Environmental education is important in educating young people about our ecosystems, sustaining both plant and animal life. Through environmental education we are able to teach learners about the environment and link this to their school curriculum.

As a means of achieving this, a variety of programmes are offered at the West Coast National Park by the People and Conservation Department. Educational activities are as follows:


As a means of welcoming guests to the park a welcome presentation is done by the People and Conservation Department. The aim of the presentation is to introduce SANParks but more specifically the West Coast National Park to the visitors.

Dune Hike

This excursion entails a dune walk of 700m on the Dawid Bester Hiking Trail. On route the different medicinal plants and its uses are explained as well as the dune ecology on arrival at the dunes.

Birds, lagoon and saltmarsh ecology

This entails an excursion to either 1 of the 4 bird hides in the park to spot and identify the birds in the park. This talk can be supplemented with a talk regarding the Langebaan Lagoon system as well as the salt marsh ecology.

Game Drive

A game drive into Postberg Nature Reserve that includes game identification and viewing and discussion on the importance if eco- system balance as well as animal adaptations and eating habits etc. Environmental issues that are discussed include the over population of game in Postberg Nature Reserve and how we manage game.

Rocky and sandy shore ecology

This is a hands on activity where the various forms of life and rocks are explored. An explanation on what causes the tides is also done coupled with interesting facts about red tides as well as the search and identification of sea organisms under rocks, seaweed and kelp. This activity is usually done at Tsaarsbank and on the 16 Mile Beach.

Adopt-a-beach project

This involves a beach clean-up, analysing of garbage and a discussion on marine pollution.


Kayaking on the Langebaan lagoon is offered but is subject to weather conditions and the tides.

Educational Hike

The Geelbek Environmental education office offer 2 hikes which is the Strandveld Hiking trail which is14 km hike as well as a circular Dune hike which is also 14km. (Link must be inserted here).

Environmental Calendar Days

Except the fixed list of programmes offered, the People and Conservation Department also celebrates most of the special days listed on the Environmental Calendar e.g. Arbor Week, Heritage Day, etc.

Youth Facilities

For more information and to book educational activities and facilities, contact the People & Conservation Department on 022 707 9902/3.

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