The beautiful lowland fynbos terrain of the West Coast National Park cups the saltwater Langebaan Lagoon, protecting it from the clutches of the sea. Here, along with the banks of the lagoon, varied and unique habitats – ranging from one of the world’s greatest wetlands to sandy shores and coastal dune fields – are home to a diverse array of terrestrial life while the sheltered islands act as a haven for important breeding seabird colonies.
These seabird colonies are of international importance as many birds come to roost here after long migrations from the sub-Antarctic, making the area a must-see for bird watchers. During the spring months, the arid landscape bursts to life in striking colours as the wildflowers bloom. When this takes place, visitors flock to the Postberg Flower Reserve. This part of the reserve is only open to the public during this time and contains the densest concentration of mammals including zebras, eland, caracal, and Cape grysbok.
Further along, the lagoon lies the town of Langebaan - a water sports mecca with pristine beaches. The park covers an area of 27,500ha and stretches from Langebaan all the way to the nearby town of Yzerfontein. Both Yzerfontein and Langebaan feature a great range of seaside accommodation as well as delectable eateries.
- Surrounds the intense blue waters of the Langebaan Lagoon
- Conserves varied and unique habitats home to a diverse array of terrestrial life
- The sheltered islands act as a safe haven for important breeding seabird colonies
- The wildflowers bloom in a colourful display during the spring
- The Postberg Reserve section of the park has a high density of mammals
- In proximity to the towns of Langebaan and Yzerfontein both of which have a great range of seaside accommodation