Once the spring flower season on the Cape’s West Coast starts to warm up, it’s time to think of visiting the Postberg Nature Reserve for a riot of colour and wonderful sea views. Here are some photos of spring flowers at Postberg to inspire you to make this the year you see them for yourself.
1. Download an entry/indemnity form here and fill it in beforehand to make your entry into the park smoother and faster.
2. Every year in mid September SA National Parks Week gives all SA citizens free entry into its national parks around the country, including West Coast National Park. It’s a great chance for those who otherwise can’t afford to see the spring flowers, but if you hate crowds you might want to avoid that week. Remember too that your Wild Card will also get you free entry on other days.
4. Be warned that if you enter through the park's main gate on the R27 there may be a long queue on busy days and weekends. To avoid a queue, rather go to Langebaan and use the entrance gate there, where the queue is always shorter, although it's a longer drive inside the park to Postberg.
6. While you enjoy the flowers, look out for animals like wildebeest, eland, springbok, Cape grysbok, mountain zebra, bontebok, Cape fox and African wild cat, as well as birds and tortoises. You may even get a chance to do some whale watching.
8. Note that the timing of the flowers depends on whether the rains are early or late. To find out when is the best time for visiting Postberg phone the Flower Hotline on 072-9388186 or contact West Coast Tourism, tel 022-4338505 or www.capewestcoast.org.
10. Picnic only at the designated spots; if you try to spread your picnic blanket among the flowers someone will find you, make you move and slap you with a fine for breaking the rules too.
Tip: You may also enjoy reading my guide to the rest of the West Coast National Park.
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