Sparkling Jewel of the West Coast

Aah, Langebaan … few towns in South Africa exude as much of a beachy-breakaway feel as this spread-out dorp shimmering along the West Coast shores. You could just as well be stepping onto a Greek island when you wander down to the beach from your chalet here: indigo skies, turquoise seas, colourful fishing boats, and beach bodies galore.

The gorgeously Mediterranean aerial view of Langebaan Lagoon and towards the ocean. Western Cape, South Africa.

Virtual year-round summer, safely shelving water perfect for water sport and consistent winds means Langebaan rates as a world-class wind sport destination, with kite boarders, wind surfers and the yachting set congregating here from around the world. The tidal estuary in Langebaan is the focal point for many of them, and on weekends the sky is a colourful melee of sails and kites. The tidal mudflats attract a vast range of migratory birds annually, while resident species include the Greater and Lesser flamingo.

The world’s largest breeding colony of Black harriers also occur in the area, and it is therefore no wonder Langebaan is an internationally acclaimed RAMSAR site. And yes, you’ve guessed it – the climate is gorgeously Mediterranean.

By Jacques Marais

Birdlife of Langebaan Lagoon

Langebaan Lagoon, which lies just south of St Helena Bay, is one of the ecological wonders of Southern Africa. Every spring more than 50 000 Palaearctic migrant birds travel from the...more

Langebaan for Boarders

The Cape West Coast, stretching north from Table Mountain towards the Langebaan estuary, epitomises everything that is boarding bliss. Faithful members of the board flock here to find all...more

Langebaan Guano Rush

After the battle of Saldanha between the Dutch and the English in 1781, things settled down again in the Langebaan area, until an astute businessman from Liverpool, a certain Andrew...more

Langebaan in a Nutshell

The history behind the name 'Langebaan' is quite interesting. When the Dutch settlers arrived they made Saldanha Bay their first safe port of call after their long journey down the African...more

Langebaan Lagoon in Days Gone By

Kraal Bay in Langebaan Lagoon south of the entrance to the sea, was named from the Portuguese word curral. A “kraal” is an enclosure/pen where animals are kept. Kraal Bay was...more

Langebaan Marine Inlet

The deep marine inlet of Langebaan Lagoon, which is not really a lagoon, is situated at the heart of the West Coast National Park. The area is a favourite playground for Capetonians, and...more

Things to Do in Langebaan

At Friday Island, in Langebaan Lagoon on the West Coast, they say life is one long weekend, and it certainly seems like it with its endless stream of wind catchers gathering there to play....more