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West Coast National Park, Western Cape

West Coast National Park Overview

The West Coast National Park is set in an area where guests can view thousands of seabirds that roost on sheltered islands, relax on pristine golden beaches that stretch endlessly into the early morning mist and brooding salt marshes that are home to vast concentrations of migrant waders from the northern hemisphere. During the spring the strandveld is embroidered with a tapestry of multi-hued flowers, while in the Postberg section many antelope can be viewed in a setting that is as unique as it is idyllic. Five things of interest at West Coast National Park include Cape Gannet, Jackass (African) Penguin, Flamingoes, Waders and Black Harrier. Near by attractions include: Geelbek Hide Depending on the tides, guests can have marvelous viewing of aquatic wading birds. Access is via a long wooden boardwalk which allows a person in a wheelchair easy entry to the hide (although with weathering the boardwalk is a bit creaky in parts). Postberg Flower Reserve Flower season is August and September, but there is also the presence of some large herbivores. Most viewings of the flowers are done from the confines of a motor vehicle. Guests can enjoy a picnic in seclude havens while viewing the lagoon. The pathway to the lagoon becomes too narrow for passage in a wheelchair. There are toilet facilities that are spacious and can be easily accessed. However no assisting rails are present. Lagoon jetties and beaches There are several jetties leading people onto the lagoon. These have steps and a wheelchair user will require assistance. Mobile toilets that service these jetties or the pathways that leads down to lagoon beach pockets are not appropriate for people in wheelchairs. Gate Hours 1 June to 30 September 2006: 07:00am to 6:30pm, 1 October to 31 March 2007: 06:00am - 8:00pm, Postberg: 09:00am

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