SEA­SONS & WEATHER

South African Country Life - - Birding Hotspots -

A mild coastal cli­mate sees rain mainly from May to Au­gust. Sum­mers are dry, of­ten with early morn­ing mists with south-east­erly or south-west­erly winds. Bird­ing is good through­out the year, the best pe­ri­ods from March to early April, when many mi­gra­tory waders are moult­ing into their breed­ing plumage be­fore their epic mi­gra­tion north, and in the spring flower sea­son.

HABI­TATS

The West Coast Na­tional Park in­cludes rocky shores, beach and strand­veld dune land, and the last, large, pris­tine rem­nant of renos­ter­veld.

SPECIALS

Black Har­rier, West­ern Osprey, Grey Tit Fiery-necked Night­jar, Com­mon Red­shank Eurasian Oys­ter­catcher.

GET­TING THERE

The en­trance to the park is some

100 kilo­me­tres north of Cape Town, off the R27 high­way be­tween Yz­er­fontein and Lange­baan. Another en­trance gate can be reached from Lange­baan. Most in­ter­nal routes are tarred, but the last sec­tion of road to the Post­berg Na­ture Re­serve and to Tsaars­bank is gravel.

AC­COM­MO­DA­TION

Duinepos Chalets is part of a com­mu­ni­ty­based project un­der the sus­tain­able liveli­hoods pro­gramme of the South African De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Af­fairs and Tourism. It’s man­aged by a group of lo­cal ladies, has a swim­ming pool and boma, and is an easy walk­ing dis­tance from the Geel­bek com­plex.

EN­QUIRIES

Duinepos Chalets 022 707 9900 info@duinepos.co.za

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