Langebaan, known as “the West Coast Jewel” is a town in the West Coast, Western Cape province of South Africa on the eastern shore of Langebaan Lagoon. It is about 120 km north of Cape Town just off the R27, the West Coast Road, with Vredenburg 28 km away and 20 km from Saldanha Bay.
The Lagoon stretches 17 km, from Saldanha Bay, past Langebaan to Geelbek in the South. In places it is up to 4 km wide.
The white Caribbean-like beach surrounding the lagoon is one of the main attractions of Langebaan.
Langebaan Lagoon was formed by the rising and falling of ancient sea levels. Unlike most Lagoons which are formed by fresh-water rivers entering the sea. Langebaan Lagoon is purely a salt water lagoon, one of only three in the world. With no river that runs into it.
Langebaan was founded in 1922 and used as a whaling station till the 1960s. The area is rich in historical artifacts and even fossil footprints from the first inhabitants.
Langebaan’s mild, moderate climate, cool air and protected waters of the lagoon make Langebaan popular for sailing, kayaking, fishing, boating and kitesurfing, the town offers numerous holiday facilities for water-sport enthusiasts.
Langebaan Lagoon is one of the largest in the world at a 16km long and 3 km wide only 6 meters deep at it’s deepest and open to the sea, with bright blue waters and is about weights deep ideal for learning the basics of water-sports. The wind is very reliable as it is channelled between the hills, picking up mostly at the end of the morning. Some parts have perfectly flat water.
Kite surfing clinics take place over seven days and combine almost non-stop kiting fun with plenty of good food and refreshments. Whether you want the basics, or a more intensive course, a kite surfing camp is definitely the way to go.
This beautiful landscape attracts many birds and is perfect for bird watching. At the West Coast National Park you can view over 300 bird species. Variety of fuana and flora to be seen. The park is most busy during the spring flower season (August to September) when the wild flowers are in bloom.
West Coast Fossil park is nearby to show you the fossil record of the area.
The spectacular seaside town of Langebaan showcases the natural beauty of the Cape West Coast to perfection In winter it is never very cold and the long summer days are never unbearably hot.
To protect its culture as a fishing, holiday and retirement village, the town allows no industries.
For the holiday-maker Langebaan boasts upmarket accommodation, a choice of restaurants, two caravan parks, a golf course, tennis courts, a bowling green, a yacht club and the standard retail outlets you can expect to find in a small town.
Club Mykonos Casino Resort hosts a number of annual events, festivals and various exhibitions. Popular competitions and fund raising events are also hosted by the resort. The onsite facilities offer a wide array of attractions from a spa to deep sea fishing.
Elite Charters operates from the Club Mykonos Marina and offers private yacht and Catamaran charters
Triathlons, yacht races, cycling, car gymkhanas and more are held in Langebaan. A monthly craft market as well as art exhibitions through the year, showcase the talents of local artists. Community events include the church bazaar and the annual Langebaan Mussel Festival, on the first weekend of October.
Spend some time on the golf course at the Langebaan Country Club and see if you can get a hole in one! The Gary Player course is a links-type course and was designed by William Kerr.
For those wanting to relax after the round you can enjoy a beverage at the 19th hole or if your game needs a bit of work spend a few hours at the putting green or driving range
For a tour with a difference, hop on the back of a horse and enjoy a fantastic, relaxing or exciting ride at Oliphantskop has been running for over 23 years giving people a tour of a lifetime on horseback. Romantic Picnic Rides and special events are on offer.
A multitude of restaurants, each with their own unique view, Pearly’s Restaurant, and many others are situated on the Lagoon. You can’t get closer to the beach! Watch the kitesurfers by day, join us for sundowners and the most stunning sunsets on the West Coast, or experience our friendly ambience at night.
Die Strandloper, an open air, very casual restaurant with sand underfoot, blue skies above, and at the water’s edge, provides, to the accompaniment of live traditional guitar music, meals served in individual courses extending over a leisurely three to four hour period
Large portions of fresh seafood are aplenty at the Driftwood Seafood restaurant and Sushi Bar. Come for cocktails and choose your favourite seafood dish while sitting on the deck outside with outstanding views of the beach amongst great company.
Boesmanland Plaaskombuis enjoys a stunning location on the lagoon, and offers an impressive feast…
Langebaan Country Estate
Developed by Owen Wiggins Trust as Langebaan Country Club with Gideon Langart as the Advertising Manager, Langebaan Country Estate offers a patrolled security village on 450 hectares with a Gary Player Golf Course and driving range at its heart.
Langebaan Country Estate management are extremely environmentally aware and and indigenous widlife and fynbos are preserved here.
The luxurious clubhouse has the Horizon Restaurant and a cocktail bar with panoramic views over the lagoon and has conference facilities.
There are also bowling greens, tennis courts, a swimming pool as well as jogging and bicycling trails in the estate. All the amenities are at the disposal of the residents.
This prestige suburb is a security village that offers a carribean-like beachfront lifestyle with spotles, uncrowded beaches and private schools and Laguna Mall nearby.
This is a security estate next to Laguna Mall and thus is in walking distance of the mall, Club Myconos, private schools and the Day Hospital.
Clustered at the entrance to Club Myconos, this older suburb has a holiday atmosphere all the year ’round as its residents come for holidays enjoying the facilities of adjacent Club Myconos.
This agricultural estate of smallholdings, around two hectares in size has its own school and Olifantskop Hotel is nearby. The agricultural flavour of the are is strictly controlled and horselovers have made it their haven. Vines, vegetables and olives are grown and wildlife abounds.
The beach and Myconos are nearby.
Between the first Stop Street Sign and the Dutch Reformed Churc, stretching down to the Laggon, Middedorp is the central Business District of Langebaan and has most of the resturants and amenities.
Past Middedorp and between the church and the Langebaan Yacht Club Sandbaai is a favourite spot for shore fishermen. The oldest houses in Langebaan are in this area and it has a lovely sheltered beach.