​​Saturday, 30 April will mark the end of an era for the famous Geelbek Restaurant in Langebaan. 

This comes after South African National Parks (SANParks) in the West Coast National Park announced that their contract with the current operator will expire on 30 April 2022.

They said SANParks is in the process of appointing an interim operator which is expected to be operational by the end of June 2022. “The interim operator will run for 12 to 15 months until a new operator is appointed to allow for a smooth transition,” they said. 

They added that the interest of all parties involved is to ensure that tourism to the West Coast National Park and the broader West Coast Region continues without interruption. 

“We would like to thank our visitors for their continuous support of the park and ask that you kindly be patient with us during this transition period,” they pleaded. 

Known for its remarkable Sunday buffets, Christmas and family lunches, the Geelbek Restaurant has been part of the lives of Langebaan residents for decades dating back to the 1700s. Visitors and residents enjoy its outstanding  hospitality during flower seasons in August and September months. 

Earlier this month, the restaurant put on a notice stating the end of an era with SANParks. They stated: “We regret to inform you that our restaurant will only be operating until the end of April. SANParks have decided to close the venue and continue with three food trailers to assist visitors.” 

The restaurant has also been running specials throughout the month, and a live onsite auction will take place on Thursday 28 April. The contents include cutlery,crockery, fridges, sun loungers, garden furniture and more. 

“Geelbek restaurants personnel and management would like to thank the public, our regular guests, friends and SANParks personnel for all your support during our time at the venue.”

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Picture: SANParks 


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