The Strandloper: Are you in search of fine, traditional wood fires and a wide array of seafood? Then look no further than The Strandloper seafood boma. Open for both lunch and dinner, their massive menu will keep you going back for more. Fantastic vibes, excellent views and a wonderful experience. Booking is absolutely essential. Visit them at www.strandloper.com.
Pearly’s: Varied menu and friendly service. Pearly’s is great for sundowners, a meal with friends or to watch your favourite sport in their bar area. Weekly specials abound and their pizzas are first class. Booking over high season is advisable – 022 7722 734.
Boesmanland Plaaskombuis:Try some traditional, old-fashioned South African Boerekos at Boesmanland Plaaskombuis. Lamb chops, chicken, seafood, potjiekos, koeksusters and melktert and ice cream. Booking is recommended – 022 772 1564.
OUT AND ABOUT
Jump into your car, cycle or hike as you explore Langebaan and surrounds.
WEST COAST NATIONAL PARK
Seeberg: About a 10-minute drive from the centre of town, Seeberg offers panoramic views of Langebaan Lagoon. On a clear day, you’ll also be able to spot Table Mountain in the far-off distance. Seeberg offers a plethora of literature on the history of the area, making for a very interesting outing.
Bird Hides: There are a number of bird hides dotted amongst the lagoon and park wetlands. All are in good condition and offer superb opportunities for the avid birder. Early morning or late afternoon at low tide is best. Pack your camera or binoculars for super hour or two of birdlife.
Sand dunes: Take the Duinepos turnoff just after Geelbek and walk the sandy 20-minute trail up to the dunes. Breathtaking dunes await.
Kraalbaai: Kraalbaai and Preekstoel are extremely popular in the summer months so leave early to secure a prime spot. The water here is perfect for swimming, safe and warmer than on the Langebaan side of the lagoon.
16 Mile Beach: Take a hike down the longest, uninterrupted sandy beach in South Africa. A walk to the wreck takes about 50 minutes, one way. Low tide is the best time to walk this beach as the sand closer to the water is a bit firmer. This is a great outing for families. Be careful of the water as the backwash and currents are strong. Swimming is not recommended.
Postberg: Postberg is only open in August and September of each year and is extremely popular for those with a love of wild flowers in bloom and gently meandering herds of Eland. Try and visit Postberg on a weekday though because weekends tend to bring long queues of traffic.
Sunny Park: Don’t know what to do with the kids? Take them to Sunny Park where you’ll findtrampolines, jumping castles, snooker tables and a waterslide. It’s a fine way to spend a blustery day. But be warned, the competition between mom’s, dad’s and their children on the putt-putt course can be fierce!
Langebaan Main Beach: Lift your soul with an early morning or sunset walk down this beautifully cradled shoreline. Fishing in the summer months is also good here but can be challenging when the wind is blowing strongly. Use prawn and cast your line on the incoming tide, making sure your hook disappears into the deep channel.
As far as kitesurfing and windsurfing go, Langebaan Lagoon offers unrivalled thrill-a-minute excitement and exhilaration. Book your holiday in the windy season from November until March and you won’t be lacking for plenty of fresh air to fill your kite or sails as you scream across the waters. Langebaan Main Beach and Shark Bay are your go-to points. For kite hire and lessons get hold of Obsession Kiting School. You can visit them at www.obsessionkiting.co.za