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Activities in the area of Langebaan and the West Coast

The West Coast is a region of vast contrasts and beauty, offering visitors an unequalled diversity of activities and experiences.

Glorious sunshine days make this an outdoor playground for activities such as hang gliding, mountain biking, 4x4 trips, water sports and hiking.

Spring flowers and fynbos create a constantly changing wonder attracting nature lovers throughout the year.

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Langebaan

Langebaan is an idyllic little seaside town on the South African West Coast. It is located at the edge of the tranquil Langebaan lagoon, just over 120kms North of Cape Town. The seasons on the West Coast are hard and dramatic – but that’s part of their charm. The jewel of the West Coast towns, Langebaan, will leave you with memories of startling blue sea, acres of spring flowers and the enticing smell of fish braai’s.

Horseriding with Oliphantskop

Oliphantskop Horse Trails in Langebaan:

We offer scenic rides in Langebaan, leading into the mysterious granite quarries, over the highest Koppie in Langebaan – offering you a spectacular view of the Langebaan Lagoon and landscapes.

These rides are ideal for beginner and advanced riders, even small children make use of this experience on a regular basis!

Price: R200.00 per person during December Holidays (peak season price)

Requirements: Please be aware of our weight limit of 100kg’s.

Contact us: +27 (0) 22 772 2326.

Horseriding with Oliphantskop

Oliphantskop Horse Trails in Saldanha Bay:

We offer extraordinary advanced 2 hour Eco Rides departing from the Military Base and ending up in the Saldanha Bay Nature Reserve. This ride is specifically for advanced riders or horse owners. You can enjoy the ride on your own horse or with our professionally trained horses.

View our News page for detailed description of the ride.

Price: Single person – R500
More than one – R380 pp

Requirements:
- Weight limit of 95 kg’s
- Riders must be able to do all transitions (Walk, trot, Canter & Gallop) with a minimum of 2 years riding experience.

Contact us: +27 (0) 22 772 2326.

Play golf at our Gary Player designed golf courseGolf: Langebaan sports an 18-hole golf course designed by the Gary Player Foundation and has recently done some major work on their course to offer keen golfers a much better challenge.

With crisp greens and intricate bunker designs a definite for the passionate golfer.


Kitesurfing on the LagoonKite Surfing: Langebaan has some intimidating wind speeds and as such have managed to sustain a large kite surfing community and establish itself as a leading town playing a vital role of the enrichment of the sport.

Lessons and gear are available from Cape Sports Centre.


The beautiful Nature Reserve around Langebaan LagoonNature Reserve: Pristine beaches and a small variety of the local fauna is offered by the National Parks Board, sporting a massive variety of bird life and some of the most idyllic lagoon beaches and stunning settings with a beautiful collection of indigenous fynbos.

It also hosts a wedding venue and restaurant on its premises.

Club Mykonos and the CasinoCasino: Club Mykonos and its Casino are just 800 meters down the road from us. With a choice of four glass-backed squash courts, five outdoor pools and five tennis courts, there are never a shortage of activities at Club Mykonos.

You’ll find there’s more than just a touch of Greece amongst the white-washed and narrow, cobbled alleyways.

Wine and Dine at our fine restaurantsRestaurants: Dine at many local restaurants and savour its typical "West Coast" flavour.

Our fine sea-front restaurants include Boesmanland Farm Kitchen, Die Strandloper, Friday Island Restaurant, Geelbek Restaurant located in the West Coast Nature Reserve (on the Langebaan Lagoon), The Oystercatcher and Pearly's.

High adventure with BugalooAdventure: Bugaloo High-Speed boat rides

Bugaloo's mission is to provide the most exciting and unforgettable adventures in the most professional manner with the safety for customers and respect for the beautiful environment as a priority. Visit www.bugalooadventures.co.za for more information on their racing adventures.

Tropico Sunset CruisesCruises: The Tropico Sunset Cruises

The Tropico is a 26 meter by 9 meter boat based at Club Mykonos. The boat is equipped with a fully licensed bar and music to create a relaxed atmosphere.

Go and enjoy a fabulous sunset cruise.

Fishing chartersFishing: Fishing Trips and Charters

Enjoy a deep-fishing or a bay-fishing adventure with Ska-Rumba Fishing Adventures. Visit www.fishingtrips.co.za for more information.

Lagoon Fishing Trips will offer you a fun fishing trip.

Dwarskersbos

On the duny, windswept seashore lies the lovely seaside resort of Dwarskersbos - little West Coast houses are neighboured by fancy double storey residences. A lovely holiday resort, offering family pleasure on warm West Coast days, drenched in blue. Here you can find many outdoor activities i.e. Bird Watching, Fishing - Deep Sea, Fishing - Fly, Fishing - Freshwater, Fishing - Saltwater, Yachting, Walking, Camping, Hiking / Backpacking, 4 X 4 Trails & Quad Biking.

Rocherpan Nature ReserveNature Reserve:Rocher Pans Nature Reserve located outside Dwarskersbos

The Rocherpan is a seasonal wetland vlei, which means that it usually completely dries up during the dry winter months. Across the dunes, the adjacent Atlantic shoreline is now been declared a marine reserve.

African Black OystercatcherThe creation of the reserve has helped to protect the endangered pelicans, flamingos, and many other water fowl that are found here. The vlei also provides a vital source of food for many ducks and waders. Southern right whales can be seen off the coast form June to September. The marine reserve is also provides refuge to the endangered African black oystercatcher.


Elandsbay

Elands Bay is a small town on the West Coast of South Africa that has managed to maintain the laid-back lifestyle for which the West Coast is so well known.

Elands Bay is the perfect place to unwind with peaceful surroundings and an endless beach. It is also a great place to enjoy activities like rowing, sailing, surfing, rock climbing, mountain biking, bird watching, whale watching and fishing to name a few.

The breathtaking VerlorenvleiBirdwatching:Verlorenvlei

Verlorenvlei is a birdwatchers paradise, home to 240 different species of bird. Notable species include Purple Gallinule, Eastern White Pelican, African Spoonbill, Cape Shoveller, African Fish Eagle, Goliath and Purple Herons as well as European Bee-eaters, which breed in this area.

Seafood and LobsterSeafood and fishing:It is a crayfish and snoek mecca with galjoen and hotnotvis aplenty.

Elands Bay is the larder of West Coast lobster. You can either buy it from the fishermen or catch them yourself.

Surfing and SailboardingSurfing and sailboarding:World-class waves at Elands Bay

Elands Bay is a world-renowned surfing and sailboarding location with the perfect left point producing world-class waves. Intermediate to advanced surfers will find the waves to their liking and will experience freight train rides down the line at the excellent Elands bay surf spot off the west coast of Southern Africa.

Rock ArtRock Art:Rock art can be found in the spectacular formations of Baboon Point, one of the most significant archaeological sites in southern Africa.

Apart from the remains of a large painting of an eland and a fat-tailed sheep, the rock surface is covered with many red handprints, most of which are what are known as "decorated handprints".

Hopefield

Hopefield is situated in the heart of Fynbos country with spectacular displays of wild flowers around the town and on the tarred road from Hopefield to Velddrif during August and September. The large wetland area provides the nature lover with prolific bird life and beautiful hiking trails especially in the Berg River area. The fynbos in this area is unique and attracts large numbers of tourists each year.

4x4 Activities4 x 4:The Koperfontein 4 x 4 Route is situated ± 7 km. from Hopefield. The 12 km. trail itself consists of sand stretches, a river bed, mud patches, clay hills and gravel slopes, and was specially designed as a playground for 4x4 vehicles.

There are enough less difficult alternative routes for the 4x2 drivers to test their skills as well.

Visit the fossil parkWest Coast Fossil Park and Tourism Bureau Fossil Display:

Fossils were discovered in the area of Hopefield, including the skull of the so-called 'Saldanha Man', a replica of which is part of the display in the information office picturing life in the region some five hundred thousand years ago. Thirteen km. west south west of Hopefield are fossil deposits on the farm Elandsfontein.

Our history in fossilsLocated close to Hopefield on the R45 is the West Coast Fossil Park. These fossils represent the remains of plants and animals that lived about 5 million years ago, a time when the environment of the Saldanha region was very different from that of the present. Over 200 animal species have already been recorded, of which about 80 are mammals, the group that is by far the most abundant in terms of specimen numbers.

Lamberts Bay

Lambert's Bay is situated on the West Coast of South Africa about 290 kilometers from Cape Town. Through the years the town has developed from a fishing village into a popular holiday resort.

The harbour and Bird Island is a constant source of fascination and attracts thousands of tourists every year The main access route is the N7 from Cape Town, turn west on the R364 near Clanwilliam to Lambert's Bay.

Lamberts Bay Bird IslandBird Island:Bird Island lies about 100 metres off-shore of Lambert's Bay on the Cape West Coast. The island, almost three hectares in size, is connected to the mainland via a breakwater. It is an important breeding and roosting site for seabirds, particularly Cape gannets and cormorants. African penguins used to be common on the island, and Cape fur seals still frequent the rocks on the sea side of the island.


The Dunes 4x4 experienceThe Dunes 4 x 4 Trail

Test your 4 x 4 driving skills in deep sand, explore the slopes of seemingly endless snow white dunes or just enjoy the tranquility of this unique desert. Stay on to watch the sun set as the moon rises over distant mountains; search the crystal clear night sky for your lucky star before settling around the fire for the night.

Fun quad bikingQuad Bike trips at “The Dunes”

Fully Automatic Bikes, no Experience or Licence needed. Guided Tours and fun for the whole Family, Corporate Outings, Team Building and Sunset Trips.
Enjoy a roller coaster ride through the spectacular scenery of The Dunes.


Paternoster

One of the last traditional fishing villages on the West Coast... most certainly the most romantic and peaceful place on this scenic and wonderful coastline. Paternoster offers many activities: sea kayaking, whale, dolphin, seal and penguin watching, walks along the sandy beach or among the boulders, artistic expression through pottery and painting, and a few on-the-beach restaurant spots.

Cape Columbine Nature Reserve and LighthouseCape Columbine Nature Reserve and Lighthouse:Cape Columbine, a majestic headland on the Cape’s West Coast, is located ± 5 km. from the picturesque fishing village of Paternoster. It is situated in the Tietiesbaai Nature Reserve. The Lighthouse carries an interesting history. Tietiesbaai offers beautiful wildflowers during Aug. & Sept. Whales and Dolphins also visit these water 10 months of the year.

Sea KayakingSea Kayaking:Guided sea kayak trails and expeditions in the calm waters of the West Coast of South Africa for all skill levels. You will get to see seals, dolphins, whales and awesome bird life as well as breathtaking scenery.

Visit www.kayaktrails.com for more information.


Seal divingScuba, Seal and Wreck Diving:Contact Andrè at www.seafish.co.za to organize an exciting scuba dive from Paternoster. You can also dive amongst the seals who are friendly, playful creatures. A protective cage is available for the wise and the not so brave. Wreck dives are arranged at request when the sea allows it.
They are a member of the Maritime Archeological Society of South Africa.


Redelinghuys

The town of Redelinghuys is situated on the banks of the Verlorenvlei, meaning 'Lost Marsh', which houses a wealth of rare bird species. Verlorenvlei is certainly one of the most rewarding birding destinations in the Western Cape, especially when waders from the northern hemisphere emigrate to the warmer climate of this region. Besides the many exotic species that migrate here, the reserve is also home to numerous indigenous bird species. No less than 232 kinds of birds have been recorded here. The wetland stretches along 25 km.

The VerlorenvleiWell-known Verlorenvlei proclaimed RAMSAR protected:

Along the stretch of the beautiful Verlorenvlei you can partake in the following activities: 4X4 routes, hiking, cycling, birdwatching, canoeing (when permitted), mountain biking, freshwater fishing (when and where permitted) & fauna & flora sightseeing.

Saldanha

The picturesque seaside village of Saldanha is situated at the northern corner of the largest natural bay in South Africa. Its ideal location makes it a paradise for the watersport enthusiast, and its local economy being strongly dependant on fishing, mussels, seafood processing, the steel industry and the harbour. Furthermore its sheltered harbour plays an important part in the huge Sishen-Saldanha iron-ore project at which Saldanha Steel, a state of the art steel mill, takes center stage. With strong historic military links Saldanha is also host to a Naval training base and the South African Military Academy. The popular SAS Saldanha Nature Reserve offers a display of wildflowers during late winter and spring while Southern Right Whales also visit the safe waters in and around the nature reserve.

Hoedjieskoppie Nature ReserveHoedjieskoppie Nature Reserve:

The "Hoedjieskop"-Reserve is a hill in the middle of Saldanha.

It offers wonderful views of the town, the Bay and Table Mountain.


Saldanha Bay HarbourSaldanha Bay Harbour - Doc's Cave, The Breakwater & Islands:

Saldanha Bay is the largest natural bay in South Africa: it offers a paradise for water sport enthusiasts.

Visit Doc's cave, a cave just beyond Hoedjies Point converted by an Irishman during the Guano Rush into an apothecary shop and was stocked with an impressive array of bottles and vials, enough to “cure” any ailment. Saldanha Bay

The breakwater was built in 1976 and is 1,8 km long. It connects the main land with Marcus Island

Saldanha Bay hikingHiking Trails: SAS Saldanha Nature Reserve:

The SAS Saldanha Nature Reserve is a highlight of visits to the area during late winter and early spring. Not only are the flowers spectacular, but during this time, Southern Right Whales also visit the safe water in and around the reserve.


St. Helena Bay

White rocks, a cobalt sea. This perfect setting greets you when touring this stunning part of the West Coast. A bustling fishing harbour, in a tranquil country village. This beautiful bay is a birdwatchers' paradise and home to whales and dolphins all year round, with magnificent lowers in late winter and spring. St. Helena Bay is one of the world's principal fishing centres.  The cold Benguela current surges upwards along this part of the coast and bring to the surface large concentrations of nutrient salt. 

Southern Right WhalesDolphine and Whale Watching:

The southern right whales come annually from the Sub-Antarctic regions to calve and mate during the months of June to November. 

Humpback whales may be sighted during the months of October and November as these animals migrate south from their breeding grounds in tropical West Africa to Dolphins their feeding grounds in the Antarctic. 

The bay is also popular for the dolphins; schools of over 1 000 have been sighted at times.  The bay also hosts a variety of marine birds, penguins and large colonies of seals.

Velddrif, Port Owen and Laaiplek

Velddrif is situated some 2 km upstream from where the Berg River flows into the sea at the Bay of St Helena.

The "loading place" eventually became Laaiplek. In 1968 engineers blasted a channel, linking the river with St Helena Bay, and the fishing harbour of Laaiplek was completed.

Developers have discovered the potential of this beautiful part of the West Coast. The luxurious Port Owen Marina is a popular holiday and weekend resort for the discerning.

Canoeing on the BergriverCanoeing on the Berg River:

The Berg River is a great area for rowing in a canoe or kayak. The Great Berg Rivier Annual Canoe Marathon ends in Velddrif. Canoeing is best done in the early morning, before the sun gets too hot and the fishing traffic on the water starts picking up, not that the traffic ever gets too much.

Fishing on the BergriverBerg River Fishing:

The rich fishing waters of the Berg River is what caused early settlers to found Velddrif. The fishing community soon turned fishing into a thriving industry, and many fishing trawlers comes in from the sea to dock in the Berg River at Laaiplek. Port Owen is near the mouth of the Berg River, and Velddrif locals often launch their                                            fishing boats here to go out to sea.

Port Owen MarinaBoating and Yachting:

Port Owen is a Marina and a network of canals give boats access to both the sea and the river. Boats and yachts of all descriptions are moored here, giving the Marina a real feeling of peace and stillness. Rowing along the 3.2 kilometres of private canals comes close to making this a little piece of heaven.

Vredenburg

Vredenburg, situated 138 km from Cape Town and 12 km from Saldanha, is the centre of much of the business activity on the West Coast. It is the hub of several smaller towns and is regarded as the administrative centre of an area stretching from Langebaan in the south to Velddrif in the north.

PaintballsPaintball:

Indoor Paintball is the perfect pastime for everyone who is looking for some good, clean fun! What is unique about the Indoor Paintball facility at Weskus Mall is the fact that weather conditions have no influence on the game. So come rain or shine, or even the wicked South-Easter, your fun will never be spoiled!