West Coast National Park Langebaan
Wild Flowers at Postberg - a very select little spot!
The West Coast National Park Langebaan gate doesn't offer the fastest access to Postberg for the wild flowers, but you can use it anyway.
Partly because we needed to stop for picnic supplies, but mainly because we were under-researched :-)
Yep, despite all my trawling on the 'Net, I had never come across a map like the one down below, which shows clearly that Postberg lies very close to Langebaan, but across the lagoon!So using the Langebaan gate does require some extra driving.
But if you are looking for the fastest access to the flowers from CapeTown, the West Coast gate off the R27 is the most convenient option.
Why Langebaan? Why Postberg?
Langebaan is a delightful spot that's perfect for year-round boating, beaching, kite surfing, bird-watching and seafood-scoffing.
Postberg is even more delightful but there's only one reason to be going there and that is wild flowers.
Postberg is a special section of the West Coast National Park (Langebaan) and it is the closest place to Cape Town itself with utterly magical displays of the famous spring flowers.
It is also a game reserve - stocked with bontebok, oryx, red hartebeest, wildebeest and springbok - but it is only open to the general public for the wild flower season.
When is Postberg open?
It's only open in early Spring - 1 August and September 30 every year - when the wild flowers are blooming in the Cape.(The rest of the West Coast National Park Langebaan is open all year round. Postberg is managed as a private-public conservation partnership which is why it is different.)
Where is Postberg?
Postberg is the top end of the West Coast National Park Langebaan. It's north of Cape Town beyond Bloubergstrand and Yzerfontein. The easiest way to get there is to take the R27 from Paarden Eiland and use the West Coast gate from that road.
The journey will take a little more than an hour drive from the City Centre and the rewards are rich. It's time well invested!
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