Postberg Section-West Coast National Park Hot

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The Postberg section of the West Coast National Park is open from August to September each year. The wild flower bloom in this section of the park is spectacular, with a wide variety of species flowering in a multitude of colours.

Situated in the north-west section of the Park, Postberg also has a large concentration of game including, Eland, Cape Mountain Zebra, Bontebok and Springbuck. It is also a great birding area with many raptors showing well, including African Black Harrier.

The viewpoint from the top of Posberg provides a 360 degree vista of the Park and surrounding areas, including Saldanah Bay and Langebaan Lagoon. The large granite boulders provide shelter for many different plants and smaller mammals species, such as Rock Hyrax (Dassie). Plankiesbaai and Uitkyk areas inside Posberg offer dedicated picnic areas and ablutions.

You may also be able to spot Southern Right Whales and the endemic Heavisides's Dolphin along the coastal sections of the Park.

West Coast National Park | Posberg | © Arne Purves
1. West Coast National Park is open daily from 07:00 to 18:00 (last vehicle entry at 17:30) and the Postberg section is open from 09:00 to 17:00 (last vehicle entry at 16:30).

West Coast National Park | Posberg | © Arne Purves
2. View from the top of Postberg looking towards Langebaan and Saldanha Bay

West Coast National Park | Posberg | © Arne Purves
3. A Bontebok in the blomme (Flowers)

West Coast National Park | Posberg | © Arne Purves
4. White Daisies

West Coast National Park | Posberg | © Arne Purves
5. Eland feeding between the flowers

West Coast National Park | Posberg | © Arne Purves
6. A photographic spectacle

West Coast National Park | Posberg | © Arne Purves
7. Springbok

West Coast National Park | Posberg | © Arne Purves8. The flower carpet

West Coast National Park | Posberg | © Arne Purves
9. Hovering Kestrel

Photography

Best Time to Photograph
Postberg is open during the months of August and September each year. Flowers are best photographed between 11am and 15h00pm when they are wide open. Watch the weather as the flowers may not open nicely in cold weather.
Type of Photography
  • Landscape
  • Wildlife General
  • Macro
  • Flowers
Best Time of Year
Spring
Photographic Tips
Drive slowly and take in the scenery. Look out for the antelope in this section of the Park as they make nice subjects in between the flowers.
Recommended Gear
A solid bean bag and tripod are essential gear.

Highlights

Site Highlights
The spring wild flower bloom.
Raptors and antelope.

Footnotes

Season and Weather
Spring (August-September) is the only time you can access Postberg.
Other Activities
  • Mountain Biking
  • Birding
  • Walking & Hiking

Location

Closest Town
Getting There
From Cape Town travel north up the R27 aprox. 100km's from cape Town. You can enter the Park from the southern end (left off the R27) or through Langebaan at the northern end of the Park.
Address
West Coast National Park

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Arne Purves
Author: Arne PurvesWebsite: http://www.arnepurves.co.zaEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
About
Arne's passion for the environment, wildlife and conservation was instilled from an early age, leading to a career in nature conservation, first as a game ranger in the Natal Parks Board, a conservation officer with CapeNature and today in the City of Cape Town's Environmental Compliance Department. Photography is his creative medium of choice.