The West Coast National Park near Langebaan, south of the industrial port of Saldanha was created in 1985 to protect the coastal environment from destruction. A large part of the lagoon of Langebaan belongs to the park, which protects about 30,000 hectares of coastal vegetation from destruction. In the expansive swamps of the lagoon, 250 bird species make their nests: including oystercatchers, cormorants, gannets, flamingos, seagulls and many other sea birds.
At the beginning of the southern summer, countless migratory birds come from Europe and at times there are some 100,000 birds breeding in this area. Visitors can explore this attractive park in a canoe or take long walks on land. In the beautiful Cape Dutch visitors' centre Geelbek, a former farm homestead, they will find a restaurant and an exhibition.