Langebaan Lagoon |
... Why Visit Langebaan?
Langebaan Lagoon is a weekend getaway near Cape Town. If Langebaan were a cocktail, it would be blue curacao on speed. Icy, refreshing Langebaan Lagoon is an hour and half north of Cape Town and a popular weekend or short getaway destination in South Africa for watersport fanatics and nature lovers.
Whether you're crazy about kitesurfing
, or want to track down and photograph the famous pink flamingos
, you should definitely consider hiring a self catering beach cottage and just spending a few days chilling out at Langebaan Lagoon.
Langebaan is refreshing and vital, an azure, blue surprise in the generally arid West Coast scenery of South Africa - and the bordering West Coast National Park will reveal its understated attractions to any visitor with more than just a dint of passing curiosity.
When you come to Langebaan, South Africa, you'll quickly realize that there's more to the West Coast than meets the eye.
Tips for a Great Langebaan Holiday
BOOKING & ENQUIRY TIP: When you make accommodation enquiries why don't you ask the establishment what alternative dates are available as well JUST IN CASE the dates you are requesting aren't available!
TIDES - Langebaan Lagoon is open to the sea and the tide is very strong. To see which way the tide is flowing look at the moored boats in the channel. They position themselves relative to their mooring point in accordance with the tide not the wind.
WARM CLOTHES - Even on the hottest days, bring something warm to wear when visiting Langebaan. The wind can cool things surprisingly. Particularly in the evenings.
SUN - Sunblock is essential at Langebaan. South Africa has extremely strong sun and I've had my worst sunburn here at Langebaan lounging around on the deck thinking, 'Oh another 5 minutes before I find the energy to go get sunblock!'
FLOWER SEASON - The Postberg nature reserve is really worth visiting during South Africa spring flower season (August/September). It's a short drive from Langebaan around the lagoon, through the West Coast National Park.
DOGS / PETS - Dogs are not allowed into the West Coast National Park even in your vehicle.
BOAT LICENSES - Langebaan parks board officials DO patrol the lagoon checking for boat and skipper licences. They don't seem to have a sense of humour or perspective. Big fish-small pond syndrome.
WIND - Just like Cape Town, expect the wind to blow at Langebaan. This is what makes it so fantastic for kitesurfing in South Africa.