The Langebaan lagoon is the perfect place to put your kayak in the water and go for long sessions rowing, without being bothered by anyone.
Berto is by far the more experienced one when it comes to kayaking … but after I’ve watched him for some time on the lagoon, I was in the mood to buy my own kayak and go with him (and must add that I prefer the absolute windless days – no chance of unsuspected waves!)
The best time of the day to take your kayak out, is probably early morning when there is no wind and the lagoon is quiet. One of the best places to take your kayak into the lagoon, is close to the Langebaan Yacht Club at the main beach. There is ample parking available and you don’t have to carry your kayak that far to get to the water.
Another great spot to launch your kayak in Langebaan, is at the beach of Shark Bay. It is however quite a long hike on a boardwalk going down to the beach … so remember that you will have to carry your kayak back UP that boardwalk when you’ve finished kayaking 😁.
The best place however to kayak in my opinion, is at Kraalbaai (inside the West Coast National Park). We normally leave early morning, load the kayaks on our Suzuki Jimny’s roof and drive to Kraalbaai, where we will kayak the whole day. It turns out to be always such an enjoyable day with friends – we put our beach gazebo up and have a picnic basket close by. When we’re not kayaking (between the house boats in the bay), we are on the beach playing ball games or just relaxing under the gazebo!
One of the best things of kayaking is that you can row on the lagoon between the sea birds without them even moving … so, if you are a bird watcher, you can combine this with kayaking 😉.
DON’T HAVE YOUR OWN KAYAK?
No problem! You can hire one at the beach – Gravity Sea Kayaking. You can either take the kayak on your own and kayak around Schaapen Island (close to the beach) or the experienced guides will take you out on a short day trip and reveal the secrets and wonders of the local fauna and flora.
One thing is for sure, a day on a kayak on the Langebaan lagoon, is like medicine for a stressed and tired body … go and experience this fun thing to do in Langebaan!