Sea kayaking in Langebaan
Langebaan, which is located on the West Coast of South Africa, is the ideal destination for a sea kayaking adventure. A little more than an hour from Cape Town, the scenic bay offers ideal paddling conditions.
I was passing through the area with a friend from Scotland and decided to relive some of the paddling adventures we had enjoyed off the West Coast of his country. We were not disappointed.
We rented a two-man plastic kayak from Gravity Adventures and paid R100 for our hour-long paddle, which included the use of life jackets.
Just before launching, we saw something thrashing about in the water several hundred metres out, which could have been a seal being captured by a shark. Locals in Langebaan assured us that that there had been no shark attacks on paddlers or swimmers in recent times, although Great Whites are often spotted near Schaapen Island.
Just before launching, we saw something thrashing about in the water several hundred metres out, which could have been a seal being captured by a shark.
We completed a most enjoyable 3km loop around Schaapen Island, which is inhabited by a large number of seagulls and kelp birds. The current was fairly strong but the waves were gentle enough to ensure there was no real danger of capsizing at any stage.
Other activities in Langebaan include fishing, speed boating and jet skiing. There is an excellent range of restaurants along the beach, all famed for their seafood and relaxed atmosphere.
There is also plenty of accommodation available in Langebaan and nearby villages like Paternoster. The Beach Camp is a good option for anyone who enjoys campfires and can deal without electricity.
To book your sea kayaking adventure in Langebaan, call Carron on +27 (0)83 2923869. Longer tours than what we did are available and you can even do an overnight trip. Visit their website for more information.