Geelbek Restaurant is located in the West Coast National Park and provides a safe haven for the West Coast biodiversity and South African heritage. The restaurant is situated on the lagoon in the Geelbek main house. This Cape Dutch building is a National Monument and was renovated three times since it was built in 1744.
Geelbek’s Top Flower Tips
Important info to know when visiting the West Coast National Park during the flower season: August – late November.
The Park is open the rest of the year, however the Postberg section is only open between August and September.
Huge volumes of people visit the park at this time. Ensure that you enter the gate early, otherwise you might end up in a long queue at the gates. The R27 gate from Cape Town is the busy gate. Plan your route by entering the Langebaan gate and see beautiful flowers even before you enter the Park, do a stop at Seeberg and view the huge patches of flowers, then stop at Geelbek for refreshments and carry on the Postberg and spent your afternoon there.
Video courtesy of Sarah Farrell:
NOTE HOWEVER- THIS YEAR THERE ARE ROADWORKS IN LANGEBAAN MAIN TOWN AND ALLOW 15 -20 MINUTES EXTRA FOR STOP AND GO POINTS AND DETOURS THROUGH THE TOWN
Flowers are at their best between 10:00 and 15:00 always facing the direction of the sun.
Also look out for 3 x large herds of eland between Seeberg and Geelbek
Other useful information:
For any other needs – please mail us on [email protected]
www.sanparks.org A-Z PARKS-WEST COAST NATIONAL PARK for accommodation
Sanparks Tourism office at Geelbek 022-7079902
[email protected] – Langebaan Tourism
[email protected] – Darling Tourism
[email protected] – Yzerfontein Tourism
[email protected] – Paternoster Tourism
Flower line: 072 938 8186 updated on a Tuesday and Friday
Flower report: www.capewestcoast.org
www.windguru Langebaan for an hourly forcast
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What can you see in the West Coast National Park:
- Patches of different flowers throughout the Park- Geelbek will have a weekly updated report;
- Buy a manual at Geelbek shop with a list of medicinal plants, mostly flowering in August and September;
- See animals like Eland, Bontebok, Kudu,Gemsbok, Springbok, tortoises, ostriches, snakes, on early mornings and late afternoons, you might see Caracul, Bat-eared foxes, African Wild cat;
- Look out for 245 species of birds and falmingoes close to Geelbek bird hide;
- There are two bird hides at Geelbek Manor house, and one down at the beach at Seeberg;
- You might see whales at Plankiesbay and Atlantic viewpoint;
- Walk on sixteen mile beach to shipwreck- beautiful flowers normally in that area with a number of antelope and bird life, like the black oyster catcher;
- Collect picnics from Geelbek Restaurant on sunny days and weekends – subject to availability or book
- Have lunch or breakfast at Geelbek Restaurant
- Cycle in the park and experience nature close up
- Viewpoints at Seeberg with information boards, viewpoint at Atlantic stop, viewpoint at Postberg
Take the road less travelled in the West Coast Way
For more information on West Coast Way Routes and the list of 101+ Things To See And Do in the Cape West Coast, visit our eventspage. Choose to go on a self-guided adventure drive by following the routes, or book an air-conditioned trip to top West Coast attractions in South Africa.