Overlooking a picturesque lagoon, Langebaan is a small coastal town in South Africa’s Western Cape. It was originally inhabited by the Khoikhoi and San people before the arrival of the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama in 1497. Officially founded in 1922, Langebaan served as a whaling station until the 1960s.
Things to do in Langebaan
Keen birdwatchers can visit West Coast National Park, which has been designated as an Important Bird Area due to the 300+ species recorded within its bounds. It forms part of the UNESCO-listed Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve and is particularly popular in the spring when its wildflowers are in bloom. During October and November, whales can often be seen migrating along the coastline.
Spend a day relaxing on the sands of Langebaan Beach, which is a popular spot for kitesurfing when the conditions are right. From the Langebaan Boardwalk and its waterfront restaurants, there are magnificent views of Schaapen Island just across the water. A short walk from the beach is Sunnypark, a family-friendly amusement complex with a mini golf course, water slides and a paintball course.
You can embark on a classic safari drive at the Buffelsfontein Game & Nature Reserve, a 1,600-hectare sanctuary that provides habitat for lions, buffalos, white rhinos and giraffes. It was established in 1993 by the Loubser family as a working cattle farm and has evolved into one of the West Coast’s most popular safari destinations. After spotting the reserve’s big-game species, you can enjoy a hearty meal at the on-site restaurant.
Getting around Langebaan
Langebaan is around 1.5 hours’ drive from Cape Town and Cape Town International Airport, which has flights to destinations across the globe. Buses connect to Langebaan, although renting a car will give you greater freedom to explore the town and its surrounding attractions.