Langebaan, Western Cape, South Africa

The history behind the name of Langebaan is quite interesting. The Dutch settlers made Saldanha Bay their first safe port of call after their long journey down the African West Coast. Finding their way through the deep water channel into the lagoon, they referred to this waterway as 'Die Baan', thus giving Langebaan its name.

Langebaan is about an hour's drive north of Cape Town. Nestled on the edge of the large and sheltered Langebaan Lagoon, this town is a very popular weekend destination. The lagoon offers fun paddling, sailing and snorkelling and is one of the premier windsurfing and kite-surfing destinations in the world.

Accommodation ranges from campsites to comfortable guest houses and most appetites can be satisfied at the few restaurants that range from casual beachside beer and burger spots to quite sophisticated eateries. The West Coast National Park borders one side of the lagoon. The nearest airport is Cape Town International.

Langebaan is one of the top windsurfing and kite surfing spots in the world and there are wonderful facilities for both experienced sailors and novices. The main industry is fishing so the coast is dotted with picturesque fishing harbours and almost every small town has some special treat to offer.