Created by the rise and fall of the seas during pre-historic times, the saltwater Langebaan Lagoon is one of only three lagoons in the world not fed by fresh water, which accounts for its intense blue colour. It’s a water-sports mecca with a wild side: the middle edge of the lagoon is open for recreation and is where the town of Langebaan is located, while the southern end borders the West Coast National Park and is a wilderness refuge to a magnificent display of seabirds.
The white beaches of the lagoon flanking the town are where most visitors choose to recline or, for the adrenaline junkies, launch into the waters to windsurf, kitesurf, yacht, or swim. At the northern edge of the lagoon, visitors take to motorboats and power through the calm waters leaving behind only a wild spray.
The southern reaches of the lagoon are out of bounds to all except a few scientists but can be viewed from the West Coast National Park. Birdwatchers flock here from all over the world to spy on the seabirds roosting on the secluded islands. Langebaan town boasts a wide range of accommodation options, from upmarket hotels to caravan parks and campsites.
- One of three lagoons in the world not fed by freshwater, which accounts for its intense blue colour
- Water sports mecca
- Visitors can speed along the water on motorboats at the northern edge of the lagoon
- The West Coast National Park conserves the complex ecosystem of the area and enjoys a wild display of wildflowers during spring
- Houses a dense seabird population
- The town of Langebaan has a variety of accommodation options