West Coast National Park
R135 R105per person
At the tip of the Cape Peninsula 60 km south-west of Cape Town, lies Cape Point, a nature reserve within the Table Mountain National Park; a declared Natural World Heritage Site. Encompassing 7 750 hectares of rich and varied flora and fauna; abounding with buck, baboons and Cape Mountain Zebra as well as over 250 species of birds, Cape Point is a nature enthusiast paradise.
Ecological Diversity at the West Coast National Park
The West Coast National Park holds a globe of ecological diversity in 30 000 hectares. Salt marshes, sand dunes, and strandveld (sand scrub) surround a lagoon freckled with islands where 250 bird species claim citizenship. For a synoptic view of the park, drive along two roads that traverse this Y-shaped land mass. They cut through the strandveld, a plant community adapted to the harsh Western Cape climate. Spring flowers cover the strandveld like mottled snow, and even in the Winter, the variegated greens of the low-lying shrubs exhibit a brittle, desolate beauty. To view other ecosystems by car, take advantage of the dirt road excursions; head up a mountain to a sea cliff , or down to a bird hide in the salt marshes.
Keep in mind the 50km per hour speed limit and don’t try to race the ostriches – suprisingly , the loser won’t be you or the ostrich, but the poor unwitting turtles who regularly scuttle across the road.
To fully experience the overawing diversity of wildlife you’ll need a sturdy pair of hiking boots and a formidable will. From the Geelbek Information Center, one 16km trail passes through the strandveld and salt marshes to the Atlantic Ocean, while a 14km trail encircles the dunes.
The park, which supports 28% of the total bird diversity of southern Africa, is an Eden for birdwatchers, and ornithologists lead 3 hour cruises to islands in the lagoon inhabited by rare bird species. Watersports enthusiasts can also enjoy scuba diving, windsurfing, water-skiing, boating, swimming, fishing and sailing in limited areas of the park.
IncludePicnic SpotsOpen to the publicWine SalesWine Tasting and SalesWiFi
Not IncludedWine PairingsBraai AreaClosed to the publicCellar Door
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