Traveling to West Coast National Park
West Coast National Park is only about 120km north of Cape Town which makes it really accessible from the city. Drive the R27 north along the Atlantic Ocean and you will reach your destination. West Coast National Park is just off the R27 and is well signed- you cannot miss it!
The rates at the park vary on the time of the year. It is one of the less expensive parks during October-July. But the months of August and September, the park doubles in price due the wildflower bloom. We were lucky enough to see the flower bloom and will be writing a post on it soon! Spoiler alert: it was worth the price!
But if you have the Wild Card – it is included!
West Coast National Park Camping & Accommodation
There is no camping within the park, though there are several cottages that you can rent. But its proximity to Cape Town and Langebaan makes accommodation easy to find within a decent distance of the park.
Activities in West Coast National Park
There are several hiking trails in the park that vary from easy to moderate. One of the best activities is being anywhere near the lagoon. This beautiful place is shelter from the wind and is an oasis. Amazing beaches and prehistoric rock formations are a perfect background to a great day. There are several braai areas that are always packed with families.
The park is relatively small in comparison to others making it is easy to explore thoroughly in one day. There is some game there so keep an eye out!
But by far the best activity is viewing the wildflowers.
Wildlife Viewing in the Park
Although the park is not necessarily known for game, there is still plenty of wildlife considering how close it is to Cape Town. We saw Eland, Bontebok, Leopard Tortoise, Springbok, Kudu, Ostrich, Caracal poop, Whales, and plenty of birds. There was even an Orca sighting in the lagoon recently! It’s a nice, relaxing, low key place to get your game viewing fix in if it’s been a while.
Overall Thoughts on West Coast National Park
We really enjoyed West Coast National Park because of its location and lack of tourists. It was a quiet place to enjoy nature close to home. I always like game viewing so anywhere we could see animals is great in my book! Take a quick trip and enjoy the Cape Floral Kingdom!