Langebaan on South Africa’s West Coast provides a tranquil escape from the daily grind of Cape Town and offers the perfect destination for a weekend escape with the family, friends or one you love.
Here are just four things you can do in Langebaan:
1. Unleash your wild side
Surrounding the Langebaan lagoon, the West Coast National Park is just waiting to be explored. Hike or drive through the wilderness, keeping a keen eye out for eland or ostriches, take some selfies down by the seaside or enjoy a relaxed day on the lagoon – with turquoise waters and white sand you will be forgiven for thinking you had stepped onto an island tropical paradise.
If you want to enjoy even more of the safari experience, Thali Thali Game Lodge, located just outside Langebaan, is home to a myriad of wildlife and offers game drives for day or overnight visitors. Stay a little bit longer and splash around in the pool, enjoy a massive burger on the terrace, try your hand at archery, or indulge in a night of glamping in one of their luxury tents.
2. Learn to windsurf or kitesurf
A number of watersports focussed tour operators offer great learn to kitesurf or windsurf holidays in Langebaan and they take care of everything, from booking your hotel accommodation to organising your gear rental and lessons.
The centres in Langebaan are stocked with all new equipment, whether you’re a beginner wanting lessons from a professional windsurf centre or an experienced kitesurfer wanting to learn some new tricks. Langebaan is also home to a number of awesome accommodation options that are tailored to those learning water sports. For instance, Windtown even has an on-site kitesurf centre and lockers outside your room for storing your equipment.
3. Hike, bike and golf
Aside from the hiking trails found within the West Coast National Park and at Thali Thali, Langebaan is the perfect place for leisurely beach walks. For those who want to get out and about there is a mountain bike track at the Langebaan Country Estate as well as a number of running and cycling tracks, both on the estate and around Langebaan itself. The estate is also home to an 18-hole golf course, a mashie course and a driving range.
4. Wine her and dine her
The main street of Langebaan is jam-packed with a host of restaurants with different specials for every night of the week! Sip on a cocktail as you watch the sun go down and indulge in some local West Coast fish and chips as you bask in the gentle evening breeze. A number of magnificent wine farms, and even a craft brewery or two, can also be found within a half-an-hour drive of Langebaan in the Darling area – perfect for an afternoon of wine tasting and delicious cuisine.