An easy hour's drive from Cape Town, bustling Langebaan has a host of attractions and all modern conveniences for the whole family – from dining on the beach to shopping, exploring, game watching and more.
The picturesque holiday town’s year-round pleasant climate, safe waters and reliable winds make it a paradise for watersports, including kitesurfing, windsurfing, kayaking, yachting, water skiing and fishing.
The 6 000ha international Ramsar Convention wetlands in the area includes the Schaapen, Marcus, Malgas and Jutten islands (home to thousands of Cape gannets, Cape cormorants, and kelp gulls), the 15km-long Langebaan lagoon, and a section of the beach between Langebaan and Yzerfontein.
What is widely believed to be the oldest known fossilised footprint of a modern human, known as Eve’s Footprint and thought to be about 117 000 years old, was discovered on the shore of the lagoon in 1995.
Langebaan’s popular Club Mykonos Resort offers accommodation, restaurants, children’s activities, a spa, swimming pools, a casino and more. Keen golfers can head to the Langebaan Country Estate for a round or two.
At the West Coast Fossil Park near the town, fascinating fossils of bears, sabre-tooth cats, short-necked giraffes and many other exotic animals that inhabited the west coast area about five million years ago can be seen. Visitors can also enjoy an informative tour of a fossil dig and hunt for their own fossils, as well as bike, hike and ride horses in the park.
Things to see
The tidal mud flats of the saltwater lagoon attract thousands of migratory birds, with resident species including greater and lesser flamingos and the world’s largest breeding colony of black harriers. The lagoon also serves as a nursery for sea fish species such as pipefish, skates, rays and steenbras.
Langebaan borders onto the scenic West Coast National Park, boasting what locals have dubbed the “Slow Five”: tortoises, whales, sand sharks, porcupines and dune mole rats.
The Postberg section of the park, open in August and September when the spring wildflowers are in full bloom, also houses eland, wildebeest, hartebeest, bontebok, springbok, kudu and mountain zebra.
Things to do
- Horse riding on the beach
- Game viewing in the West Coast National Park on bicycle
- Watersports, fishing and boat trips