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Getaway Magazine – February 2013 – West Coast National Park

The huge tidal lagoon of West Coast National Park is the diamond in the jewels of this ecologically-unique protected area. There is plenty to admire - the interplay of cold ocean, shallow tidal flats, spectacular spring wild flower displays and an impressive list of marine and terrestrial bird species that includes the largest population of endemic black harriers in the country, as well as one of only six remaining Cape
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Cape Times Newspaper – January 2013 – West Coast National Park

One of the highlights from the past year was flying over West Coast National Park with my friend Jean Tresfon who owns a gyrocopter. What a spectacular way to see this beautiful national park. My column in the Cape Times elaborates. For more photos check out my blog here.

Flying high over West Coast National Park

In the past few weeks since finishing my first Year in the Wild (I'm planning Year in the Wild 2 - watch this space!), I've been tying up some loose ends, and writing some articles for Getaway Magazine, so have travelled back to Addo Elephant National Park, Garden Route National Park, Tembe Elephant Park and Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. It's been good to get back into these areas, meet up with old friends, and see these
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Eddie Papier from West Coast National Park

Eddie Papier is a character, and a conservationist. He worked for several years as a ranger for SANParks in the West Coast National Park, and there is probably no-one else who knows it as well as he does. (His wife Caroline worked for several years at the excellent restaurant at the beautifully-restored homestead at Geelbek in the park).

Eddie was born in what was to become part of the park (near the Oosterwal homestead on the eastern shore of the lagoon), and he spent his early childhood
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Back to the asylum at Malgas Island

While at West Coast National Park, I was fortunate again to be taken to Malgas Island, just offshore of West Coast National Park, by the SANparks marine rangers. This island is covered with nesting Cape Gannets, and is one of the last strongholds of this species, which is becoming increasingly vulnerable to overfishing and development. The nearby Saldanha Bay port looms large and ugly in the background, where millions of
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Flower season! – West Coast National Park

It’s flower season! It’s at this time of year – August and September every year – that the west coast of South Africa puts on the biggest psychedelic visual display on earth. My ma and I went up to the West Coast National Park – just an hour’s drive from Cape Town – to take some photos and research an article for Getaway Magazine.

I was in the West Coast NP last year, when I started Year in the Wild, but it was before
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