Spring has sprung and by now the family are urging for a quick getaway up the West Coast to see the wildflowers. The West Coast National Reserve offers a spectrum of colour on display between mid August-September. Whether you decide to go up for the day or make a weekend getaway out of it, you won’t be disappointed.
If you have woken the kids and decided to make a day trip out of it, be sure to pack a picnic basket. Once you are in the West Coast National Reserve, there are many spots where you can stop and enjoy the spectacular sights while picnicking with the family. There are also designated braai spots, so there is nothing stopping you from enjoying a Sunday braai out in the reserve.
You will be amazed at the variety of flora and spectacle of colours on display in the reserve and will find yourself stopping the car every few metres to take in the sights and smells. Some of the flowers you will be bound to see include the Suurvy, BokbaaiVygie, White Rain Daisy and Magriet. Remember to charge your camera as the flowers on show are too beautiful to not photograph. If getting up extra early to prepare a picnic isn’t sealing the deal for you, then a trip to Geelbek restaurant after flower sightseeing will do the trick. The well-know restaurant is situated in the reserve and sells ready-made picnic baskets for the perfect lunch time pitstop.
It is completely doable to make a day trip out of the wildflowers, but if you have decided to stay a night or over a weekend then the West Coast National Park has accommodation in the Duinepos Chalets. Each chalet has a fireplace and is perfectly situated to view the natural display of springtime flowers. Your luggage for a weekend away in the reserve should be minimal. Pack in warm clothes, it might be spring but the wind is still chilly, especially in the afternoons. Binoculars are a must as the reserve buzzes with birdlife. A good pair of walking shoes is recommended as the reserve has many strolls to take.
When driving through the reserve, the kids will be pleasantly surprised at how much wildlife there is. You will find Gemsbok, Springbok, Eland and Zebra grazing together between the flowers. On a warm day you will lose count of how many tortoises cross the road and how many ostriches mingle on the plains. You can also enjoy a casual stroll along Kraal Bay beach and end off at Preekstoel, which in english translates to “preacher’s pulpit”.