Langebaan is a small town on the West Coast, approximately 120 km to the north of Cape Town, located on the shores of a saltwater lagoon that spans 17 kms. It is referred to by many as the “jewel of the West Coast” and is a fantastic place to take a holiday and offers entertainment and activity options to suit everyone’s tastes.
Langebaan is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts like anglers, kayakers, wind surfers, kite surfers, water skiers and yachtsmen due to its nearly year round sunshine, reliable winds and safe waters.
The town doesn’t allow any industrial development in the area, which adds to the charm. The lagoon is teeming with bird life, both local and migratory birds like flamingos can be seen here and it is also the site of the largest black harrier breeding colony in the world. Due to its significance as a wetland it is also an internationally renowned RAMSAR site.
The town is popular with outdoor lovers who are drawn by the natural attractions, while other people are enticed by the choice of one of a kind beach restaurants, fantastic seafood, as well as shopping for arts, crafts and curios. There is a casino located at Club Mykonos available to entertain the adults; while there are other activities available to entertain the children the venue also hosts a number of annual festivals, events and exhibitions.
Playing a round of golf at the local Country Club, going for spa treatments, playing tennis, a game of bowls and horse riding along the pristine beach are other popular activities. The town also hosts international sporting events like car gymkhanas, cycling and triathlons.
Langebaan borders on the West Coast National Park, where the wild flowers look like a giant multi-coloured carpet during spring (from August until October) and attracts many tourists. The wildlife in the park includes over 300 species of bird that can be spotted on the lagoon, whales, sand sharks, dune moles, porcupines and tortoises, while in the Postberg section of the park you will be able to spot mountain zebra, springbok, eland, kudu, hartebeest, wildebeest and bontebok. The best time to spot the whales is during October and November.
The West Coast Fossil Park educates visitors on the ecological history of the area where the fossils of over 200 species, including the only African bear, have been found. Visitors can take an enlightening tour of a fossil dig and also search for their own fossils. The park also offers activities like horse riding, hiking and biking.
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