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South Africa Holiday: Langebaan Lagoon at West Coast National park

South Africa Holiday: West Coast National Park

The azure waters of the Langebaan Lagoon are the focal point of the West Coast National Park in the Western Cape. Thousands of seabirds roost on sheltered islands, golden beaches stretch endlessly into the early morning mist.

West Coast National Park surrounds the Langebaan. 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.
South Africa Holiday: Gannets at West Coast National Park
The Lagoon is listed in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance. Many of the wader species are Palaearctic migrants, so summer is the best time to visit the lagoon, particularly in September as species return fatigued from their transcontinental travel, and March when they congregate in large numbers to feed heavily prior to undertaking the reverse journey.
Though the thousands of migrating birds is one the main reason for the conservation of the West Coast National Park, the showy plants of the area, usually growing on granite or limestone rocks, especially during spring time, are what attracts most visitors to this fascinating park.

South African National Parks provides limited accommodation in the park. We recommend two nights giving you a full day in the park (click on the map opposite to visit SANParks™ website)

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One of the summer-flowering west coast plants is the Koekemakranka (Gethyllis namaquensis). There are about 32 Gethyllis species, of which G. afra and G. spiralis are perhaps the most commonly known.
The best time to observe the lagoon waders is to visit the Geelbek hide as the tide is coming in. As the water rises the waders are forced closer to the hide until eventually they must fly off until the tide recedes again.
Flamingos and White Pelican frequent deeper water, and there is chance of seeing Osprey. Another isolated hide west of the Geelbek educational centre overlooks a salt pan that is an excellent place to see Chestnut-banded Plover.
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