The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

West Coast National Park

Afrikaans name: Weskus Nasionale Park

Flowers in the West Coast National Park

West Coast National Park

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Western Cape

During spring visitors to the West Coast National Park can take in the beautiful sight of fields of colourful flowers against the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Unfortunately, this spectacle is not on display for too long and is not always 100% predictable of when it will take place. But don’t worry, there are plenty more reasons to visit this national park.

The West Coast National Park is 88 km north of the centre of Cape Town. The park lies between the R27 road and the Atlantic Ocean and stretches from Yzerfontein to Langebaan. It has an area of over 36,000 hectares and includes a number of different habitats.

The flowers are a major drawcard to the park in spring. The fields are covered with a blanket of flowers of different colours. The predominant habitats in the West Coast National Park are strandveld and fynbos.

Another major attraction, perhaps even more so than the flowers, are the migrant waders that arrive during summer. These birds take advantage of the huge invertebrate population of the Langebaan Lagoon. Of course, there are numerous other species of bird that are resident in the park.

A number of species of mammal can also be seen. These include Gemsbok, Kudu, Eland, Red Hartebeest, Cape Mountain Zebra and more.

References and further reading

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Wild Issue 40 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 14

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Wild Issue 36 - Author: - Published: 2016 - Page: 16

Wild Issue 36 - Author: - Published: 2016 - Page: 60

Wild Issue 30 - Author: - Published: 2015 - Page: 24

Wild Issue 32 - Author: - Published: 2015 - Page: 48

Wild Issue 25 - Author: - Published: 2013 - Page: 16

Wild Issue 24 - Author: - Published: 2013 - Page: 88

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 155

Top Birding Spots in Southern Africa - Author: Hugh Chittenden - Published: 1992 - Page: 367

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 319

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southe - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Published: 1991 - Page: 245

Road Tripping South Africa - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2014 - Page: 37

Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1995 - Page: 324

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 27

Hit the Road - 2nd Edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2018 - Page: 29

go! - Issue 135 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 35

go! - Issue 156 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 114

go! - Issue 133 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 34

Family Fun - Author: Lisa McNamara - Published: 2015 - Page: 60

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Country Life - Issue 218 - Author: - Published: 2014 - Page: 72

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Essential Birding: Western South Africa - Author: Callan Cohen and Claire Spottiswoode - Published: 2000 - Page: 46

Chris and Tilde Stuarts Guide to Southern African Game and Nature Reserves - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 1989 - Page: 247

Caravan & Outdoor Life - Issue 664 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 34

Birding Hotspots - Author: Trevor Hardaker - Published: 2007 - Page: 8

A - Z of South African National Parks - Author: South African National Parks - Published: 0 - Page: 64

Atlas of National Parks and Reserves of South Africa - Author: Marielle Renssen - Published: 2006 - Page: 20


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