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5 Reasons to Visit the West Coast National Park

July 31, 2023
Is a visit to the West Coast National Park worth your while? Absolutely! Prepare to be enchanted by the West Coast's irresistible allure, earning it the title of "Weskus is die bes kus" (West Coast is the best coast) in one of South Africa's 11 official languages, Afrikaans. Brace yourself for a journey jampacked with hidden beaches and flourishing fauna and flora. Here are the 5 top reasons why we love it.
Bird walking through flowery grass

Discover South Africa's West Coast National Park, Image Credit: Brad Mitchell

1. Kraalbaai

A wooden walkway will lead you to Kraalbaai, an idyllic section of the Langebaan Lagoon replete with natural beauty, quiet corners and boundless adventures. Here, you can unleash your adventurous spirit with heart-pumping activities like kitesurfing and waterskiing. But that's not all...

Boardwalk to Kraalbaai at the Langebaan Lagoon

Kraalbaai is a beautiful lagoonside escape

Alternatively, find solace in the art of fishing, kayaking, snorkelling, stand-up paddleboarding, or boating. And let's not forget the sheer joy of immersing yourself in the still, crystal-clear waters for a refreshing swim. With an abundance of seaside experiences, water babies will be spoiled for choice.

2. Wildflower Spectacle

During August and September, the peak of our annual spring flower season, this exceptional flower-viewing spot showcases its most dazzling side. At this time, the West Coast National Park transforms into a kaleidoscope of colours as wildflowers carpet the land in a vibrant tapestry.

Namaqualand daisies are in bloom

Namaqualand daisies in bloom, Image Credit: Brad Mitchell

Take leisurely walks along the designated trails, where you can witness Mother Nature's artistic masterpiece up close. Each step reveals a new burst of colour. Trust us, this seasonal phenomenon is a sight to behold and a photographer's dream come true.

Close up of different wild flowers

The best place to see the wild spring flowers in South Africa, Image Credit: Brad Mitchell

3. Birding Paradise

Bird enthusiasts will find their hearts aflutter in the West Coast National Park. It's a haven for avian diversity, offering incredible opportunities to spot a wide range of winged beauties. Grab your binoculars and prepare for an enchanting bird-watching extravaganza.

Water bird

There are four hides inside the park, which provide excellent viewing, Image Credit: Brad Mitchell

From majestic raptors soaring through the skies and waterbirds wading through the shallows to sweet-sounding songbirds perched on branches, the national park's varied habitats attract a multitude of bird species. Whether you're a seasoned birder or a novice admirer, the West Coast National Park will delight your senses with its avian wonders.

Birds flying at West Coast National Park

The West Coast National Park is a birdwatcher's paradise with over 300 different bird species, Image Credit: Brad Mitchell

4. Scenic Hiking Trails

Lace up your hiking boots, walking shoes, or trail-running trainers and embark on scenic trails that wind their way through the diverse landscapes. The West Coast National Park offers a hoard of hiking options suitable for all fitness levels. Take the coastal paths that meander along the shoreline, treating you to panoramic ocean views and the refreshing sea breeze.

Beach in West Coast National Park

Hike along the beaches or inland amidst wildflowers, Image Credit: Brad Mitchell

Explore the tranquil inland trails that lead you through fynbos-covered hills, where you can immerse yourself in the unique flora and fauna of the region. With every step, you'll discover new vistas, encounter fascinating wildlife, and connect with nature in its purest form.

Lila und orangene Blüten an der südafrikanischen Westküste

Colourful flowers adorn the West Coast 

5. Perfect Picnic Spots

The West Coast National Park is not only a feast for the eyes but also the perfect setting to treat your taste buds. The national park is dotted with picturesque picnic spots that invite you to unwind and indulge in a leisurely outdoor feast. Spread out a blanket on the soft grass, savour delicious treats, and soak in the beauty of your surroundings as you enjoy a memorable picnic. 

People having a picnic in the flowers of the West Coast of South Africa

Romantic picnic spots among the flowers, Image Credit: Bushmans Kloof

Whether you choose a spot near the lagoon waters, with the sound of birdsong as your background music, or a peaceful nook amidst the wildflowers, a picnic in the West Coast National Park is a delightful way to connect with nature and create lasting memories.

Pack a picnic to enjoy amid the blooms

Add the “Best Coast” to Your Adventure

Located within easy reach of Cape Town and the Cape Winelands, the West Coast National Park is a fantastic addition to your South African itinerary. In just a short jaunt from the city's hustle and bustle, you'll find yourself transported to a realm of awe-inspiring wonders. 

Plan your visit today and let the West Coast (the best coast) work its magic on you.

Featured Image: Brad Mitchell

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Michelle Welvering

Growing up, Michelle always wanted to become a world-renowned artist, a kickboxing-champion and an eccentric explorer – aka a Kickboxing Exploring Artist! After pursuing an education in Fine Arts and opening her own Kickboxing gym in Pretoria, an unexpected twist led her to a six-year stint as a travel consultant in South African tourism. She believes that all things happen for a reason and, driven by adventure, she was eager to find a more “wild” and cultural space to call home. This led her to wander the Western Cape coastline, fall in love with the city of Cape Town and, of course, her workplace, Rhino Africa.

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