The Spring flowers make their magnificent appearance around August and September in the West Coast National Park. The flowers cover the ground like a colourful carpet, pink, blue, white, yellow, purple, just about any colour you can think of. A Flower Tour on a sunny day in the West Coast National park is hard to beat! Views of the Langebaan Lagoon and the roaring Atlantic Ocean are stunning.
The Potsberg section of the park opens between August and September and this allows you to see a host of wild life as well as flowers. Some of the animals you may see are Zebra, Red Hartebeest, Steenbok, Gemsbok, Bontebok and Eland. I have seen Caracal and Cape Cobra (both from a safe distance!). There is a host of bird life, The African Oystercatcher (whose numbers are increasing thanks to various conservation interventions), Flamingos, Pelicans and Ostriches abound along with a plethora of smaller bird.
Lunch can either be had at the Geelbek Restaurant, which is close to the Bird Hide, or we can bring along a picnic which we can enjoy overlooking the Atlantic at Tsaarsbank where we may be lucky enough to spot a whale. Kraal Baai is also a great place on the Lagoon for a picnic, so bring along the bathing costumes and let’s have a swim.
It is very easy to spend a full day in the West Coast National Park, but if you would like to do something else there are a few options:
- We could visit the West Coast Fossil Park which is a very fascinating place full of amazing fossils of many long gone animals which used to roam the West Coast area 5 million years ago. There are fossils of Short Necked Giraffes, Saber Toothed Cats, Bears and other animals that we are ‘fresh out of’ today.
- Another option is a visit to !Kwa ttu, which is a good lunch alternative to Geelbeck and offers a fascinating look into the San (Bushmen) culture. You are taken on an open vehicle through the 850ha nature reserve with lovely views of the Atlantic Ocean and Table Mountain in the distance. You go for a nature walk and learn about the tracking techniques used by the San and how they used to store their water in Ostrich Shells. You will visit a replica of a traditional village and learn how they made their huts, tools and jewellery. You will be given an insight into the religion, healing techniques and culture, a very fascinating tour indeed!
- If time and logistics allow, I like to stop at Blaauwberg Beach to watch the sun go down on the way back a fitting end to a lovely day
To allow for maximum flexibility, the tariff includes:
- the use of the vehicle
- driver/guide for around 8 to 9 hours
- toll fees
- fuel and refreshments on board the vehicle
All entrance fees are excluded.
Whilst lunch, entrance fees and gratuities are not included in the prices, they can be included on request.
All prices are subject to change.
Payment Procedure and Cancellation
I require a 50% deposit payable via Master of Visa Card when booking to secure and the balance payable in cash or by Credit Card on the day of the tour.
Cancellation up to 30 days prior to commencement of tour, no penalty
Cancellation between 30 and 8 days prior to the commencement of the tour there is a 50% penalty.
Cancellation between 7 and 0 days prior to the commencement of the tour there is a 100% penalty.