Kiteboarding Langebaan - the flat water destination of South Africa
Kiteboarding Langebaan is the flat water mecca of South Africa. At just over an hours drive north from Cape Town, this is one South African kiteboarding destination that can not be missed. With perfect flat water, consistent, dry, warm-winds and safe kiteboarding, this is the ideal location with kiteschools and rentals available for beginners and those wanting to take their kiting to the 'next level'.
Langebaan - KiteFacts: Best winds: October - March Water Temp: Shorty - Full wetsuit Water Type: Flat water and chop Weather: Sunny - warm to hot Nightlife: limited - some restaurants
Langebaan within Saldahna bay is a mellow town with a unique chilled 'west-coast-african-style vibe'. Kiteboarding schools, shops and facilities with experienced people on hand means you will be well looked after. The south side of Langebaan lagoon is in part of a beautiful National park - well known by 'Cape Tonians' (Cape Town locals) for its spectacular flowering season around September.
The wind: Morning winds tend to start out calmer and builds towards mid-day, so you have time to sleep in, enjoy other activities and then get out for some great kiting.The town also has good accommodation in local guest houses - geared up for the kitesurfer or windsurfer alike.
The best winds like in Cape Town, are South East to South - the consistent summer wind from October to March. It Blows! and can get as strong as 40knots on days so be sure to bring a small kite! During the winter season May to August the 'North wester' and north winds are also a good, but gusty and not as reliable.
The Water: The water conditions for kiteboarding Langebaan are flat and definitely warmer than Cape Town in this natural salt water lagoon. In the National Park, south area of the lagoon, water temps can get into the 20 degree C+ mark and baggies are the way to go. Take a trip here to enjoy 'Sharks Bay.'Be aware that places in the lagoon can get tidal and you may want to check with locals if there are any choppy water areas that might indicate fast moving water when the tide is going out.
Beach Info: Langebaan's Main beach is a great wide beach for beginners and intermediate and always enough room - and you will find that that the wind grows stronger throughout the day here. There are hardly ever days when there is not a wind up by mid afternoon even if it is still in Cape Town.
Sharks bay - possibly given known for the tiny harmless sand sharks which you might scare in the shallows is a great alternative spot for kiteboarding Langebaan. The water is warm and shallow and there is always plenty of space to pull moves or learn.
Here's a short clip of an aerial view of Langebaan Main beach before a kiteboarding race.
Other Activities: The area around Langebaan is great for further activities when you need a rest from days of kiteboarding Langebaan ! Other things to do include: visit the interesting restaurants including 'Die Strandloper' (Afrikaans for 'The Beachwalker')Froggies on Main Street and Pearly's on the beach.
Activities like fishing, surfing, sea kayaking, mountainbiking, seeing the West Coast National Park and Fossil Park, bird watching, whale watching, paint ball, and a Saturday night at the infamous "Flamingos" night club mean you have plenty to do!
Directions: Leaving Cape Town going North, find your way onto the R27 - the 'West Coast Road' (shown on the map, going North Past Blouberg). Pass Yzerfonten and Darling turnoffs and about 100km up you will see the 'West Coast One Stop' an 'Engen' Gas/Petrol Station on the left hand side. Here there is an intersection with signs to Langebaan - turn left and this will take you about 15kms into the town of Langebaan.
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What Other Visitors Have Said
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Adrian Your Shark Bay pin is in the wrong spot. That is Kraal Bay or more exactly Predekants Stoel.
Shark Bay is the bay at the southern edge of Lanagebaan …
Nice Secluded Spot Relatively flat with deep water, ideal for trying new tricks. Wind is fairly stable and always space on the water.
I found Sharks Bay a bit better, a …