West Coast National Park is known mainly for the spring flowers that carpet the entire area like a blanket. What is not so well publicised is the wild life and birds that can be found in the park.

Situated on the West Coast and hugging the Langebaan lagoon, it is an hours drive from Cape Town. The lagoon provides a safe haven for thousands of seabirds who roost on the sheltered islands and beaches.

The West Coast National Park has three fantastic bird hides at each of the following areas, Geelbek, Seeberg and Abrahamskraal. The hides at Geelbek and Seeberg face the lagoon and apart from many local birds, the rare visitors can be seen here too. The Abrahamskraal hide is over a small inland dam where there is a healthy spoonbill colony as well as Coots, Moorhen, Crakes and Marsh harriers are regular residents.

We managed to catch a glimpse of some Bontebok and the Cape Angulate Tortoise were everywhere.

The Park is open from September to March from 07:00hrs to 19:00hrs and from April to August from 07:00hrs to 18:00hrs. The flower season is in August and September. Other activities within the park include Whale watching, fishing, kite boarding and kayaking, camping and hiking.

West Coast National Park is definitely worth many visits as you really do not see everything in a day.