Did you know?
Langebaan once housed the biggest whaling station in the southern hemisphere.
Langebaan is a small seaside village on the West Coast of South Africa. It is dominated by the Langebaan lagoon, which, with its strong side-shore summer winds, has become something of a South African watersports mecca.
The flat water is particularly well-suited to windsurfing and kite-surfing, with the lagoon-side operator, Cape Sports Centre, providing all the necessary equipment as well as lessons if you're just starting out. Experienced windsurfers will be especially impressed with the high-speed, flat water conditions the lagoon offers.
If you've always wanted to try your hand at sea kayaking but have been put off by the thought of braving rough surf then the placid lagoon is the perfect place to perfect your technique, while the surrounding waters will allow you to enjoy encounters with some curious locals, including resident seals and penguins.
In fact, Langebaan Lagoon and its adjoining inter-tidal sandflats, salt marshes and islands feature prolific birdlife, including flamingos, rare oystercatchers and thousands of waders in summer.
Other popular lagoon watersports include stand-up paddling, bodysurfing, water-skiing, wakeboarding and jet skiing. For something completely different you can also try hobie sailing. Drum Africa, located on the shore, offers charters around the lagoon in 14ft, 16ft and 18ft hobie catamarans.
Of course, you could also just laze away your days on the glorious beach and watch all the action from there.
Langebaan Lagoon forms part of the West Coast National Park which offers mountain biking, game viewing and, between July and September when the region bursts into colour with blooming wild flowers, a variety of floral tours.
This part of the coast also boasts fantastic whale watching in season (June to November) and dolphin sightings are common. Be sure to also seek out Eve's Footprints, a set of fossilised footprints on the lagoon shore that are believed to be more than 117 000 years old.
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Langebaan Tourism Information
Tel: +27 (0) 22 772 1515