Langebaan, Western Cape, South Africa
The history behind the name 'Langebaan' is quite interesting. When the Dutch settlers arrived they 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 it as 'Die Baan', thus giving Langebaan its name.
Langebaan is situated about an hour by road from Cape Town. It is set on the edge of the large and sheltered Langebaan Lagoon. This town is a very popular weekend and holiday destination, with lots of youngsters descending onto this quiet little town to enjoy the sun, sea and surf. The lagoon offers exciting water activities including paddling, sailing and snorkeling, and is one of the premier windsurfing and kite-surfing destinations in the world.
Accommodation ranges from camp sites to comfortable guest houses, with restaurants ranging from casual beach bars and burgers spots, to sophisticated eateries. The West Coast National Park borders one side of the lagoon. The nearest airport is in Cape Town.
Langebaan is one of the premier windsurfing and kite-surfing destinations in the world, and boasts great facilities for both the novice and expert. The main industry in this seaside town is fishing, so the coast is littered with charming fishing harbours.