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Viewing the Cape Spring Flowers

August 19, 2015

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One of the best flower-viewing hotspots in the Cape Region is the West Coast National Park. This reserve is under 2 hours’ drive from us here at Penny Lane Lodge, and what a treat nature has in store at this time of year!

Head up to the West Coast National Park, enter through the Langebaan gate and drive toward the Seeberg area before moving toward the Postberg section. There are three picnic areas from which you can enjoy spectacular floral views: Kraalbaai, Preekstoel (which has braai facilities) and Uitkyk. And if you’ve forgot to bring your lunch, the West Coast National Park’s Geelbek restaurant sells ready-made picnic baskets for you to enjoy.

Spring flower season in the Cape Region runs from the beginning of August to the end of September; with the best viewing period being from the last two weeks of August until mid-September. Do keep in mind that the flowers only open on sunny days. Wait until the sun is high in the sky – between 10:30am and 3:30pm is best – and note that the flowers turn their faces to the north. And as if the flowers aren’t enough, the park is home to countless birds and bucks. Keep a sharp eye out for passing whales and dolphins, bat-eared foxes, honey badgers and mongooses.

southern right whales on the cape west coast

West Coast National Park conservation levy:
SA residents and citizens – Adults R60, Children R30
Foreign nationals – Adults R128, Children R64

Contact details:
Tel: +27 (0) 22 772 2144 or +27 (0) 22 772 2144.
Website: http://www.sanparks.co.za/parks/west_coast/

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