With the abundance of rain starting early in the rainy season, all expectations are that there will be a bumper flower season this year. Reports are already starting to come in from up north of the first bright orange blankets, peppered with yellows and whites, and a few solitary reds in between.
With the increased number of schoolchildren passing through the West Coast National Park on eco-education courses, it has become apparent that a comprehensive First Aid kit was needed in the event of a field emergency. Our Park Education Officer, Edward Adonis approached the HR Committee and asked if we could help them. As a temporary measure, we rushed together a small field kit to help them while we sourced a better option.
If you know of individuals or organisations who are making a significant contribution to conservation in South Africa, please read more about the SANParks Kudu Awards, download the Award Categories and fill in a nomination form...
On Saturday 16 December, the Annual Honorary Rangers Cycle Race was held in the scenic West Coast National Park. Riders came from all over SA to complete either the 80km main race, the 30km short race or the 5km fun ride. The park was closed to vehicular traffic for the time-trial duration.
Honorary Ranger NEC and Chairpersons Meet at West Coast
Honoray Ranger National Executive Committee and Chairpersons' meetings usually take place in Gauteng because of the large number of regions in this part of the country. However, at the persistent invitation from the West Coast region of HR’s, the meeting took place in this beautiful park from the 14 to 17 September.
Traveller's Tale: Ocean, Wildlife and White Sand...
I took a trip up to West Coast National Park yesterday. The weather was lovely and the lagoon was a beautiful bright blue. The bird hides are always a good place to visit and I went to the one closest to the Langebaan Gate first, close to the sandy banks of the lagoon. A flock of flamingoes were comfortably settled close to the hide, feeding in the shallow water and some were relaxing at the waters edge...
Grey Rhebok Released into West Coast National Park
About two years ago, the former Park Manager of West Coast National Park approached the Honorary Rangers of the West Coast Region to start a project to relocate a breeding herd of Grey Rhebuck (Pelea capreolus) to the Park. The SANParks structure had been unable to offer an acceptable source for these animals and so the HR's used their wide contact base to find someone in the privare sector... Little did they know then what a thrilling and exciting project this would turn out to be!
Sunshine on a Rainy Day
At this time of the year, many local and overseas visitors start looking forward to the magnificent flower displays up the southern west coast of South Africa. Given the wet and wintery conditions prevailing in many areas of the country at the moment, this picture, sent in by Mike Lodge, from the West Coast National Park will hopefully brighten your day.
The West Coast Region of Honorary Rangers yesterday formally handed over a brand new 20-seater Mercedes Benz bus to SANParks at West Coast National Park. The bus will be used to support the parks youth outreach efforts. Says Park Manager Xola Mkefe "Three and a half thousand kids visit our parks as part of eco-educational programmes, and that does not include the 500 kids from the 'kids in the park' programme. Many of these kids have no way of exploring the 30 000 hectare park"...
On Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th July 2006, an exciting new introductory birding course is being offered on the West Coast.
Barbara Mayer, a retired teacher from Hawaii, arrived in South Africa a few weeks ago as part of a programme called Teachers Without Borders. She plans to use SANParks as a teaching resource in the workshops taking place in Vereeniging, Port Shepstone and Umtata.
Message from the Park Manager
Dear Visitors to West Coast National Park.
We are in the process of reconstructing a few of the board walks within the park. This work is expected to be completed by the third week of July. If you'd like to know if this maintenance work will affect your planned visit to our park, please contact us for further information.
The Park Manager
Last week, members of the Langebaan Tourism Bureau voted which restaurant in the area was the best.
The West Coast National Park is celebrating its 20th anniversary from 21 to 25 September with a host of exciting activities for everyone.
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