When you want to enjoy in a weekend getaway, Langebaan is the place you should visit. It’s one of the most refreshing places in South Africa and it’s only 90 min away from Cape Town. Many tourists and locals visit Langebaan, not only for a short getaway, but also for various activities that are available here.
Sailing and kite surfing are among the most popular water sports in Langebaan, so you’ll be able to spot a lot of youngsters who are enjoying themselves on the waves. Tourists from all over the world, both young and old, enjoys the sand and sun.
You won’t have any problems finding suitable accommodations in Langebaan, but you need to book well in advance. There are so many different options that it will be difficult to decide where you want to stay. Beautiful beach houses, luxurious secluded houses, big villas, guest houses for families, self-catering accommodation, backpackers – there’s literally every type of accommodation.
If you want to stay close to the action, make sure you book a hotel room or an apartment that is near the beach. You’ll be able to hear the sounds of the waves and laughter of folks who are having fun. In case you want to have a bit more privacy, many guesthouses and cottages offer the perfect opportunity for peace and quiet. A secluded cottage would be the best way to relax and forget about the world around you.
Langebaan is rich with tradition and culture, which is good news for anyone who is looking to try something that locals make and use on a daily basis. Food is one thing that will keep you away from the beach, as you will want to try every flavor available. Moreover, you won’t be attracted to local cuisine only; many restaurants offer Mediterranean and Asian cuisine. Therefore, you are not limited to just one type of cuisine but can take your taste buds on a culinary tour around the world.
Let’s mention one of the more popular places to visit – Breeze Restaurant and Lounge Bar. It carries natural, healthy cuisine and local delicacies. Tasty dishes like ostrich, springbok and lobster are an attraction here, but you can also get a hamburger or some quick bite.
Die Strandloper is another interesting place, this open-air restaurant is right on the water’s edge. It’s a very casual place with the skies above, the sand below, and a fantastic view of Langebaan. You can eat your meal while listening to traditional music, where guitars are the most popular instruments. Some of the treats you will be able to try there are angelfish, snoek, paella potjie, grilled haarders, snoek with steamed potato and others. Meals are served over a lengthy period – you will have courses coming to your table over a 3 to 4 hour period, so prepare yourself for a culinary adventure.
Scenic rides through various horse trails are one of the most popular tourist activities here. You can choose in which direction you want to go and wherever you turn; there will be something interesting to see – granite quarries, beautiful landscapes, hills with spectacular view of the lagoon, etc.
There’s an 18-hole golf course right here in Langebaan. It will give you a challenge so make sure you practice a bit before coming here. Kite surfing is one of the more popular activities here as wind speeds in Langebaan are quite intimidating. Although you can kite surf at several other coastal towns, Langebaan stays the preferred choice.
If you are looking for an adventure, you can take a high-speed boat ride or go on a deep-fishing adventure. Truly, there is a little bit of everything here and you will definitely be able to have a great time in Langebaan.
Langebaanweg is where you will find the West Coast Fossil Park. The Big Five once roamed here and now the Slow Five rule this area: whales, tortoises, sand sharks, dune moles and porcupines. Fossils of more than two hundred species have been found at this location, together with the remains of a bear – the only bear in Africa. You can take a walk around this area or go on a fossil hunt of your own. You’ll see many people who are doing the same here, and there are many horse riders and bikers going through this beautiful park.
Whether you prefer adrenaline fueled or relaxed activities and entertainment, Langebaan has it. Modern life and nature have blended in perfect harmony here, which guarantees an exhilarating stay at this West Coast town.