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Cape West Coast UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve

Cape West Coast, South Africa

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The West Coast National Park lies 120 km north of Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is 27,500 hectares (106 sq mi) in size. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the west and the R27 coastal road, and runs from the town of Yzerfontein in the south up to the Langebaan lagoon. The park is particularly well known for its bird life and for the spring flowers which occur in the months from August to October, especially in the Postberg flower reserve section of the park. The park, with the islands in Saldanha Bay, has been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area.

Wildlife in the park includes large antelope such as Eland,Red Hartebeest,Bontebok,Kudu,Gemsbok and Steenbok ,Zebra,Duiker ostriches in the Postberg section. Other smaller animals such as the Bat Eared Fox ,Caracal,Grey mongosese

A flamingo population lives in the salt marshes of the Langebaan lagoon. Jutten and Malgas islands in the West Coast National Park are used by many species of sea birds such as the African Penguins,African Oystercatchers and the endangered Cape Gannets to breed on .

Dorotheanthus bellidiformis

Spring flowers

Dorotheanthus species

A field of flowers in the park

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Points of interest in Cape West Coast

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Coast_National_Park

    The West Coast National Park lies 120 km north of Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is 27,500 hectares (106 sq mi) in size. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the west and the R27 coastal road, and runs from the town of Yzerfontein in the south up to the Langebaan lagoon. The park is particularly well known for its bird life and for the spring flowers which occur i...

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  • WDPA ID220267
  • NameCape West Coast
  • Original NameCape West Coast
  • Country / TerritoryZAF
  • Sub locationNot Reported
  • IUCN CategoryNot ApplicableWhat is this?
  • English DesignationUNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve
  • Designation TypeInternational
  • StatusDesignated
  • Status Year2000
  • Reported Area km23782.4
  • Marinetrue
  • Reported Marine Area km2Unknown
  • No TakeNot Reported
  • No Take Area km20.0
  • Governance TypeNot Reported
  • International CriteriaNot Reported
  • Management AuthorityNot Reported
  • Management Plan URLNot Reported

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