Postberg Flower Reserve, Langebaan
The Postberg Flower Reserve is not always available for you to visit. Even though it forms part of the West Coast National Park, this part of it is disturbed as little as possible so that, when spring comes, great swathes of flowers can erupt in virtually every nook and cranny of the reserve and reward everyone for their patience.
The route there is pretty easy to navigate. Simply head out of Cape Town along the R27 direction Langebaan. The entrance to the West Coast National Park will be fairly obvious, particularly as, during spring (August to October) there will more than likely be queues to get in. Going during the week is a better option at this time of year, if you can.
The added advantage to Postberg Nature Reserve's being closed for most of the year, is that there is game here that hasn't yet learnt to shy away. Zebra and wildebeest are common occurences and tortoises a permanent part of the landscape. Multi-hued flowers abound, and sightings of whales from Postberg make this time of year a real winner when it comes to placing a visit here on your itinerary. There are picnic and braai facilities too, and the beach itself is a wonderful place to rest awhile as the wind is not quite as frenetic or active at this time of year.
But it is the floral extravaganza that wins hands down. Yes, you can drive all the way to Namaqualand, and, if you time it properly, you should not be disappointed, but with Postberg you are almost guaranteed of feasting on a sight for sore eyes, with little effort beyond the 40 minute or so drive from Cape Town.
Where to Stay?
Find Langebaan Accommodation (with preview images and description) or consider Langebaan Hotels (ranging from 3-5 star). If you prefer to do it the self catering way, you will find our comprehensive list of Langebaan Self Catering options useful. Also see Cape West Coast Accommodation and Cape West Coast Hotels for overnight options in surrounding towns.
For an in depth review of the Postberg Fower Reserve Trail and photographs see our article at "The Postberg Flower Trail".
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