About eight years ago I enjoyed a fun weekend of rubber ducking and go-karting in Langebaan. On a more recent visit, I barely recognised the town because it's grown so much. But it’s still a kick-ass destination with lots of fun stuff to do. Here are my top 6 reasons to visit Langebaan on the West Coast.
Tip: If Pearly’s is full and you desperately need to people watch, Driftwoods next door also has a great beach view. We once had front row seats there, sipping milkshakes and watching boeresport activities on the beach (like egg throwing and other useful skills).
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4. West Coast Fossil Park
Imagine a time when African bears, short-necked giraffes and sabre-toothed cats roamed the West Coast. Find out about them at the West Coast Fossil Park 30 minutes’ drive north of Langebaan along the R27. Take a journey 5 million years into the past on a guided fossil tour to a dig site, hike a nature trail or go mountain biking. Check opening hours and tour times, tel 022-7661606, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Windtown Watersports Centre is part of the Windtown Lagoon Resort & Spa. At first I couldn’t believe that anyone in their right mind would pick Langebaan’s biggest irritation – the wind that blows there so often – and make it the name of a hotel. But once I realised it’s all about kite-surfing, I knew that the wind was a great selling point! The place is apparently packed with kite surfers from October to March.
6. Staying over
‘A visit to the West Coast National Park is a must. One of our favourite things to do there is to go walking on the beach at Tsaarsbank,’ she said. ‘There are lots of birds and you can have a braai or picnic overlooking the Atlantic. And of course you have to go to Pearly’s for coffee or a late afternoon drink,’ she said. ‘It has the best view in Langebaan.’
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Of course there are plenty other reasons to visit Langebaan – like golf, horse riding, going for a spa treatment, or hitting the slots and tables at the Club Mykonos casino. But let’s not get too carried away; you can’t do everything in one weekend!
Useful sites for planning:
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