Situated 120 kilometers from Cape Town, the West Coast National Park is sprawled across more than 100 square-miles and is home to a fascinating array of flora and fauna. The park is made up of marshy wetlands, rolling fields, and varied stretches of rocky and smooth golden coastline. Its Jutten and Malgas islands are home to a large number of seabirds, including unique species such as the African penguin and African oystercatcher.
The park is particularly well-known for its huge concentration of migratory birds, as well as for its unique plant life, with wild spring flowers staging a dramatic display each August and September in the Postberg Flower Reserve. Elsewhere, a flamingo population and other wading birds roost in the salt marshes of the Langebaan Lagoon, and there are antelope, steenboks, mountain zebras, ostriches, and a whole range of smaller animals living at the park too.
The West Coast National Park sits off the R27 highway, just over 100 kilometers north of Cape Town, making it an easy day trip from the city. The park gates are opened as follows: April to August: 7am until 6pm; September to March: 7am until 7pm.