Every year I say I am going to go to the West Coast National Park to see the flowers, particularly in the Postberg section which is only open until the end of September.
This year I actually made it there (luckily for me during National Parks Week so it was for free) and it truly was a sight to behold. There are flowers everywhere! We crawled along the roads taking it all in and kept on stopping to take photos. There was much exclaiming of “Can you believe this? I have never seen so many flowers!”
But even greater glee awaited us as we passed through the gates of Postberg. It was an ocean of colour – fields covered in a sea of purple, yellow, orange, blue and white. We only intended on staying an hour, but time flew by and three hours later we left feeling jubilant with full memory cards and covered in pollen.
We made a stop at Kraalbaai, dipped our toes in the water and sat on the jetty staring dreamily out to sea. Houseboats (that you can rent) bobbed gently on the aquamarine ocean and for that moment in time nothing mattered.
I have every intention of going back again before month-end as a few hours simply wasn’t enough to bask in the glory of spring. At risk of starting to sound like a brochure, I cannot urge you enough to get out there and see it for yourself. You’ll be glad you took the two hour drive.
Watch out for the bugs
Flowers bring with them a whole swarm of insects who also love them, but for entirely different reasons. We were bitten by the occasional horsefly and also found a tick or two. Take insect repellent as a precaution and check yourself thoroughly for ticks.
Get onto the West Coast Road (R27) from Cape Town and follow it towards Langebaan. Driving time from Cape Town is about two hours, but you may find yourself stopping along the way as the flower show is not only restricted to the park.
Apart from a myriad of flowers, you could spot bat-eared foxes, eland, bontebok, zebra, gemsbok, red hartebees, Kudu and more. We saw a kudu, a tortoise and a pair of ostriches. The Plankiesbaai and Uitkyk areas inside Postberg offer dedicated picnic areas with beautiful views. Geelbek Restaurant, 10km from the West Coast Gate (on the R27), is open from 09h00 to 17h00 and offers a an array of traditional food. During Flower Season food is served deli-style and you are welcome to picnic on the lawns, or sit at the tables inside or outside the beautifully restored Cape Dutch building.
West Coast National Park is open daily from 07h00 to 18h00 (last vehicle entry at 17h30) and the Postberg section is open from 09h00 to 17h00 (last vehicle entry at 16h30). Entry fees are R44 for South Africans; R64 for SADC visitors and R88 for international visitors. Children up to the age of 12 pay half price. Remember to take your South African ID (and Wild Card if you have one as you get a reduced entry fee). Postberg is only open to the public until 30 September and no motorcycles or bicycles are allowed in this section of the park.
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