The charming town of Langebaan is the perfect place to get away from it all. Langebaan is known as the Jewel of the Coast and is situated on the border of the West Coast National Park - about 120 Km north of Cape Town. Langebaan is the ideal location for anyone who loves water sports.
Langebaan is one of the oldest and most well known towns along the Cape West Coast. During prehistoric time the Langebaan lagoon was formed by the rising and falling of sea levels and stretches out for 17 km from Saldanha bay to Geelbek. The town of Langebaan originated on the De Stompe Hoek Farm, which was originally called Geitenmelkfontein. The town is believed to have gotten its name from the long winding road that runs behind the sand dunes.
Things to do
One of the most popular things to do in Langebaan is to take part in the variety of water sports which include Kite-surfing, Kayaking, Waterskiing, Sailing and Swimming.
If you would like to enjoy a great game of Golf then Langebaan is the place to do it. They offer an 18 hole, Black Knight designed course, and a 9 hole course suitable for the whole family to enjoy.
Langebaan offers bird watching for all the bird enthusiasts to enjoy all around the shores of the lagoon. A wide range of rare birds can be seen including flamingos, gulls, terns, rare oyster catchers and many other water birds.
Horse Riding is offered just outside of Langebaan for both beginners and experienced riders to enjoy the beautiful scenery on horseback.
If you are looking for something for the kids, Sunny Park offers putt-putt, trampolines, a waterslide, pool tables and arcade games.
Langebaan offers you the experience to explore the beautiful lagoon on one of its Lagoon Cruises.
Where to Eat
Die Strandloper is the place to go in Langebaan if you are looking to have some delicious fresh seafood.
A great place to enjoy great pizza and steaks will watching the sunset is Pearly’s on the Beach.
Looking for some Greek style food and breath taking view, then Bouzouki is a must.
Lekka by die See is great beach restaurant for the whole family to enjoy.
Situated on the waterfront, Driftwoods offers you a delicious selection of food ranging from sushi to mouth watering steak that is grilled to perfection.
Dockside Cafe is a vibrant and lively place to enjoy some sundowners, watch sports on their big screen TV’s or dance to their jukebox music.
For an up market restaurant with a unique concept, try Breeze @ Windtown. They offer the only fine dining experience in town at an affordable price.
For some traditional Italian food, Little Venice is the place to go with their delicious pastas and pizzas made the Italian way.
Where to Stay
Hotels: Ranging from something to suit a tight budget or something a bit more luxurious, there is a great selection of hotels to choose from in Langebaan
B&Bs/Guesthouses: There is a wide assortment of choices when it comes to choosing B&Bs or Guesthouses, and you'll be sure to find something to suit your needs.
Self Catering: If you are looking for great value for money then take your pick of a wide variety of self catering places.
Beach Cottages: Looking for a fantastic Langebaan stay with a spectacular view, then you should definitely choose one of the amazing beach cottages Langebaan has to offer.
Air: Langebaan does not have its own airport but is approximately 1 hours drive away from Cape Town International Airport.
Car Rental: The best way to get around Langebaan would be to hire a car. This can easily be done at Cape Town International Airport or in Cape Town's CBD.
Taxis: There is a minibus taxi that can take you to and from Langebaan.
Did you know?
Langebaan has a Mediterranean climate and temperatures vary from 26 degrees in February to 16.5 degrees in July.
Langebaan was founded in 1922 and used as a whaling station until the 1960s.
The town of Langebaan is internationally acclaimed a Ramsar Site for its importance as a wetland in 1988.
The Langebaan lagoon is a purely salt water lagoon.
The town of Langebaan is known as the ornithological capital of South Africa.
There are over 300 species of birds found in the lagoon waters.
The town of Langebaan does not allow any industries in order to protect its culture as a fishing, holiday and retirement village.
Eve’s Footprint was discovered on the banks of the Langebaan lagoon in 1995 and dates back about 117 000 years, which is known as the oldest footprint of modern man.
The oldest pulpit in the country is owned by the Langebaan Dutch Reformed Church.
The residents of Langebaan created the term “The Slow Five of South Africa” which include the Tortoises, whales, Sand Sharks, Dune Mole Rats and Porcupines