Just inland from the secluded harbour of Saldanha Bay, and only 1,5 hour's drive from Cape Town's City Centre, one finds the azure waters of the Langebaan Lagoon, focal point of the West Coast National Park. Thousands of seabirds roost on sheltered islands, pristine golden beaches stretch endlessly into the early morning mist and brooding salt marshes 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 are to be seen in a setting that is as unique as it is idyllic. The park boasts a number of attractions: from walking, hiking, cycling and mountain biking, to kayaking and kite-boarding, the unique environment can be enjoyed and explored in a variety of ways. The park surrounds the Langebaan Lagoon, which is a world Ramsar site (sites deemed to be of global significance to wetland bird species).

Why we like it

Unique and stunningly beautiful habitats and landscapes; Abundant birdlife; Range of thrilling adventure activities available

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 275 km²
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Southern Right Whale
Malaria Area: No
Nearest Town: Langebaan

Accommodation in West Coast National Park

Kraalbaai Luxury Houseboats

Just inland from the secluded harbour of Saldanha Bay, one finds the azure waters of the Langebaan Lagoon, the focal point of the West Coast National Park. Thousands of seabirds roost on sheltered islands, pristine golden beaches stretch endlessly into the early morning mist, and brooding salt marshes are home to vast concentrations of migrant waders from the northern hemisphere.…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board, Self-catering
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

Duinepos Chalets, West Coast

Wake up to the chattering of birds and a beautiful sunrise, surrounded by the silence of nature itself. Take in the fresh sea breeze and azure waters. Affordable and beautiful, Duinepos Chalets, located in South Africa's West Coast National Park, are a peaceful, private haven of tranquility. The 3-star accommodation blends in with West Coast fynbos. Each chalet offers 2…

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Accomodation Type: Self-catering
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

West Coast National Park Cottages

Thousands of seabirds roost on sheltered islands, pristine golden beaches stretch endlessly into the early morning mist, and brooding salt marshes are home to vast concentrations of migrant waders from the northern hemisphere. This is South Africa's West Coast National Park. Abrahamskraal Cottage and Jo Anne's Beach Cottage are two beautiful, self-catering units found in the park. Abrahamskraal is a…

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Accomodation Type: Self-catering
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Tours and Activities in West Coast National Park

Species list Map Info
Where

Lookout for

Whales
Dolphins
Seals
Cape Fox
Honey Badger
Zebra
Red Hartebeest
Springbok
Gemsbok
Eland
Ostrich

Key Species

MAMMALS
Southern Right Whale
Dusky Dolphin
Cape Fur Seal


BRIDS
African Penguin
Flamingo
Osprey
Cape Gannet
Whimbrel


REPTILES
Leopard Tortoise
Cape Cobra


TREES
Fynbos


HABITAT TYPES
Coastal Fynbos
Flower Fields
Marine


Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 1
Mammals: 4
Birds: 6
Reptiles: 6
Trees: 6