Wildlife Ratings

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

Lookout for

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

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 kmĀ²
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Southern Right Whale
Malaria Area: No
Nearest Town: Langebaan

Lodges and Camps (click on the links below)

Lodge Budget Lodge Type
Duinepos Chalets, West Coast Affordable Self-catering
Geelbek Stables, West Coast Affordable Self-catering
Kraalbaai Houseboats, Langebaan Affordable Full Board, Self-catering
West Coast National Park Cottages Affordable Self-catering

Tours & Trips (click on the links below)

Tour / Trip Budget Duration
West Coast to Kalahari Safari Tour Middle 11 days

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Species list Map Info

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