Langebaan is a lagoon town, just over 100 km from Cape Town along the West Coast. This picture perfect village is popular for its lagoon, the rich carpet of spring wild flowers in August and September and seasonal whale spotting.
Langebaan's origins can be traced back ten million years to when it was a site where leaders of the Khoi nation regularly met. Earlier this century the biggest whaling station in the southern hemisphere was operational here but with its closure Langebaan has quietened into a seasonal holiday town and was popular with pensioners until the recent property boom.
The lagoon in Langebaan is home to over 360 species of birds and the town is an eco-attraction that draws visitors to windsurf, kitesurf and fish in its waters. The lagoon was zoned in 1976 as a protected area and later declared a National Park, originally to protect the birds. Recent concerns about over fishing mean that this protection can be extended to conserving stumpnose, steenjie, white steenbras and kob.