Ornithological Capital of South Africa

The Lagoon town of Langebaan lies along the West Coast, only an hours’ drive from Cape Town. Langebaan is a peaceful, seasonal holiday town and visitors can expect to discover open landscapes with beautiful blue waters and Caribbean white beaches.

This beautiful coastal town is a good mixture of old-world innocence and numerous new and excellent holiday facilities. The almost year round sunshine, safe waters and reliable winds makes Langebaan a paradise for watersport lovers and is a particularly popular spot for kite surfers and wind surfers.

Bird enthusiasts are attracted to the more than 300 species of birds that have made the Langebaan Lagoon their home. The resident bird species is the striking Flamingo, but the tidal mud flats of the lagoon also attracts thousands of migrant birds each year. Langebaan is in fact known as the ornithological capital of South Africa and also boasts the largest recorded oyster shell deposit in the world.

Langebaan has some of the most sought after seafront property and visitors can choose from upmarket accommodation including self-catering cottages, Hotels, holiday apartments and B&B’s. The town also offers two caravan parks with camping sites.

Places to Visit

Things to do and see

Climate

The area receives most of its rainfall between June and August.

Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 27˚C.

Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 7˚C and 17˚C.

Transport

There are daily domestic and international flights intoCape Town International Airport and Langebaan is approximately 130 km away along the R27. Car rental companies are located at the Airport.

Festivals

March – Langabaan Lagoon Festival: A music and sporting activities weekend. Boat and kite surfing competitions, music festival as well as plenty of kids activities and arts and crafts.

September/October – Langebaan Mussel Festival: Good food, wine and lots of activities and exhibitions on offer. For more information on this weekend festival please contact the Langebaan Tourism Offices

History

Langebaan was once the site where various Khoi leaders held their periodic gatherings. It was also a popular stop in the early 17thcentury for French seal hunters before Jan Van Riebeeck discovered the Cape.

The town originated from the farm De Stompe Hoek and according to popular belief the town was named after the long winding road behind the sand dunes, which stretches from the original farm house, today the parks Board Lodge, to the area around Leentjiesklip on the northern border of the town.

During WWII the town was used as a terminal for supplies and huge Catalina Seaplanes often landed on the lagoon. 

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