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City Langebaan

On the east side of the Langebaan Lagoon in the Western Cape Province is the town of Langebaan. A town founded in 1922. It has beautiful views over the crystal clear Langebaan Lagoon and is the gateway to the West Coast National Park, which protects the ecosystem of the lagoon.

Langebaan is hugely popular with anglers and for those who want to get away from the crowds. And so close to Cape Town (1 hour) so a perfect weekend getaway. Almost all year guaranteed sunshine, but with changing temperatures and wind Langebaan insures it is a paradise for boaters.

It is a lovely place to go surfing, kite surfing and windsurfing. Kayaking, sailing and fishing are also among the possibilities. You can sail here in a few days' time at the sailing school or get another license.

The nature in the Langebaan lagoon is phenomenal and by the tide in the lagoon you'll find lots of wading birds. The lagoon is 3 kilometres wide and 30 kilometres long and has gulls too, but also flamingos and pelicans like to be a guest here. And it is seen as the biggest breeding ground for black herons.

It is a place to relax and if you have problems with that, go in search of the "Slow Five". They are turtles, whales, sand sharks, porcupines and dune moles which show you that the world is running when you sit and observe quietly. In the Postberg Mountain area (open only in August and September), you can see eland, wildebeest, hartebeest, bontebok, springbok, kudu and see the mountain zebra from the West Coast National Park, but again patience is required. This is also the time when the fields are full of wild flowers in all colours of the rainbow! It must be a sunny day; if you want to see the flowers showing their colours.

Cycling is a popular activity in the West Coast National Park and adjacent to wildlife you can also see the oldest human footprint. The fossil imprint "Eve's footprint" was discovered in 1995 on the shores of the Langebaan lagoon and is around 117 000 years old.

North of Langebaan you will find the Country Golf Club where you can play golf close to the coast.

Just outside the village you will find the West Coast Fossil Park, the only fossils park in South Africa, even where a print is found from the previously only bear of Africa amidst 200 other types of fossil prints. Take a guided tour and go hunting for your own fossils.

A special place for a relaxing lunch or dinner full of delicacies from the ocean is the open-air restaurant Die Strandloper on the beach of Langebaan.

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