West Coast National Park – Langebaan

As I felt the sun shining through the window and onto my fur , I sensed the tingling of an adventure. I was right as we (my buddies, the smith family and I) hopped into the car and set off on the road. I heard Mrs.Smith say that we were heading to a place called The West Coast National Park ! I was really excited; the drive was beautiful as we passed farms and saw massive sand dunes. Once through the gates I looked around me and saw so much green – it was breathtaking; I raised myself higher to see the shimmer of beautiful blue water , surrounded by rocky hills and white sand.

I could not help but stare wide eyed at it all. I realized a short moment after that the car had stopped, we were heading out ! My best buddy Hannah helped me out and I noticed there was a walkway where I watched Abby waiting for us. Hannah and I took the lead; while looking around I noticed a massive speck of red on a twig and heard a little scream a moment after. Hannah was freaked out, Abby went to investigate and saw it was a grasshopper, there were tons of them all in the fynbos surrounding us. MR.Smith said if we stick to the path and don’t disturb them we’ll be fine, so that’s what we did.

I led us along the pathway where we spotted a tiny tortoise who decided to come and say “hi”, finally reaching the end of the walkway We entered a room with posters about birds. I noticed a sign on the door that said “keep quite” I wondered why, then heard Noah say we were in a Bird hide. Mrs.Smith opened a panel and looking out I saw all different kinds of birds such as the Cape oyster catcher and the Cape long billed Lark ! It was all so fascinating , MR.Smith snapped a few shots and we headed back towards the car.

Driving again we all discussed the different animals and what we hoped to see next . Our next stop landed us on the beach where I saw crystal blue water with soft white sand . Abby,Hannah and Noah where all eager to get into the water, once they were in it was hard to get them out again . I sat with Mr and Mrs.Smith admiring the views, Hannah came out to tell us about the hermit crabs in the water ,then we all witnessed 3 angel sharks swim passed in the shallows it was so amazing ! Abby got cold and decided to go for a walk. I noticed a few men on a boat looking into the water and moved to shallows as though they were chasing something.

When Hannah and Abby came back from their walk they told me it was a Cape cobra that got into the water ,but the men chased it out and it slithered away into the fynbos. Shortly after, we said goodbye to the beautiful beach and went to the Geelbek (yellow moth) restaurant. Upon arrival I noticed it had magnificent views.We were seated on couches with a glass table in the center. The atmosphere was relaxed and we could here the birds singing in the trees above . We had a delicious meal and regretted having to get up again, none-the-less we headed back to the car. As we neared the entrance said our last goodbyes to The West Coast National Park . I wonder what the next adventure will be , see ya soon !