June 24, 2013
Jive Cape Town Funny Festival cast explores West Coast National Park
Departing from the New Kings Hotel in Sea Point with The Green Cab, the 90-minute journey to the park was a laugh-a-minute ride with the multi-talented cast, which includes local comedians Marc Lottering and Alan Committie, radio personality Guy McDonald, and international performers Kev Orkian and Prince Abdi.
The weather played along, providing a spectacular summery-kind-of-winter’s day.
After a warm welcome by the staff of WCNP, the starting point of the tour began with homemade scones, tea and coffee at the Geelbek restaurant, housed within the old Geelbek Main House, a national monument dating back to 1744.
We spotted an ostrich that took a moment of its time to strike a pose for us. As we took in the scenery, Eddie Papier, a retired WCNP ranger, spoke to us about the park and what it was like to grow up in the area before the land was officially declared a National Park.
Hopping back into The Green Cab we headed off to explore the park, with Eddie as our guide. The park was declared in 1985 and is over 39 000ha in size. It is surrounded by spectacular landscapes, endless dunes of flora, and is home to a number of different animals. The park is, of course, most famous for the tidal Langebaan Lagoon at its centre, and for its landscapes of colour during the flower season each spring.
We stopped at Kraalbaai to get a better view of the lagoon, houseboats and flamingoes wading through the still, shallow waters. Some of the comedians took the opportunity to sneak away, to walk and play on the beach.
For lunch, we headed back to the Geelbek and sat down to enjoy a selection of red and white wines from Riebeek Cellars. Lunch was served – first with a starter of mouth-watering cheddar-infused, biltong-kissed soup; the main course was a delectable springbok pie with rice and veg; and to top it all off, a choice of either malva pudding or apple tart for dessert. The malva pudding, predictably, was the overall favourite.
An incredible day of inspiring stories, delicious food and wine, and magnificent scenery was the perfect backdrop to our West Coast day.
For more information about the West Coast National Park, please visit www.sanparks.org.