Langebaan and Shark Bay – Total beauty spots …
Langebaan is one of the best spots I’ve ever kited. It’s a lagoon (no sharks, no waves & warmer water than in Cape Town). It’s about 40min-1hr drive north of Table View / Blauuwberg in Cape Town where most kiters stay, so you can easily go up there for a day. It’s really peaceful, a nice little village. There are two main spots there. Langebaan Mainbeach and Sharks Bay. Langebaan is also a great pitch for those who are uncomfortable with kiting in the ocean as its safer in the lagoon. There’s very little to do up there other than kiting though so I would recommend basing yourselves closer to Table View / Big Bay and driving through each day (even if you kite there more than in the town). But there are of course also appartements in Langebaan, check the section below for addresses.
Here you find some pictures from the spots in Langebaan and Shark Bay. If you are also interested in Sightseeing stuff around Cape Town you should also check out the Cape Town Kiteboarding Destination Review.
Wind, weather & waves
Best months are November to beginning of March, the main direction is SE to S. The wind can get pretty strong, but it’s most of the time a little bit less here than in Cape Town. So what you see in the windfinder chart ist just “average”. For a 75kg kiter i would recommend to have 7-12m kites.
Langebaan Main Beach
Big beach with white sand. There are restaurants literally on the beach. And you can park right here. The wind’s offshore and can be a little gusty. If you go downwind from here with your kite you will see a barrier coming out from the beach. Behind that you will find absolutely flat water. Actually one of the flattest kitespots I’ve ever beebn :) check it out. Just few people kite down there as you have to go a little bit upwind afterwards and some consider this work :) But it’s definitely worth. Try!
If you want to live here, there are appartements directly at the beach. You see it on google maps, a bit north of the main beach: the white blocks. Find address below in the accomodation section. The myriad kites you see on some pictures are not the usual amout of kites on the water, there was an event at that day. On normal days it was not crowded.
There are no sharks here. It’s beautiful. It’s waist – chest deep as far as you can go. This is one of my favourite spots in the world. You have to pack a lunch here as the parking lot is not that close to the beach and there are no shops in walking distance. It’s can also be a bit tricky to find here by car the first time. Check out the Google Map to not miss the road.
If you go out kiting, always put you stuff at a point on the beach close to the land as the tide sucks the water out a lot and if you leave your stuff on the former “dry” place the water will get it when the tide is coming in again :) If theres low tide, you have to walk a little bit until you reach water that’s deep enough.
There are really cool spots in Cape Town too, check them out here.
Travel / Flight
You have to take a flight to Cape Town and then have your rental car ready or organize yourself some transfer to your hotel (maybe they can organize it for you…)
Use a flight search engine to find the best flight deal. I use Expedia most of the time, they have a good price comparison. Here you find the German Expedia Website and here the English UK Expedia Website. But of course your prefered one will do the same for you…
Accomodation in Langebaan for kiteboarders
If you want to stay in Langebaan you should stay at Windtown resort. If you want to kite you just have to make a few steps with your kite out of your place and you can pump up your kite.
I just stayed a few single days in Langebaan, but I had a look at this resort and this is the absolut GO at the moment when you want to stay an kite in Langebaan – my personal oppinion. Click through and look at the pictures and the map. Your are located in walk distance to the main beach and have a beautiful resort, pool, kite infrastructure, etc. If I would go again and stay in Langebaan, I would definitely stay here.
You have free WiFi, BBQ, Sun Terrace, whatever you would like. I consider this place a perfect mix of kite & relax. Hotel-Link.
If you want to stay in the big city, you should stay in Cape Town and go to Langebaan by car when you like (40min-1hr drive) and just stay a few days. For Accomodation for Kitesurfer in Cape Town check out our Cape Town review.
Your flight will go to Cape Town. You should rent your car there. These are the cheapest car rental companies in Cape Town I found:
Rent a Cheapie
Their cars being used alot by kiters and surfer.
Acker Car Rentals: Renting also old Mercedes Benz Cars!
These are so cool. Sometimes you have the feeling they will have a breakdown every second but its probably the coolest kite-car you can get! These ones are also used a lot by surfers. Be careful here, as I saw in the conditions it’s officialy only allowed to go a 100km radius around Cape Town with cars from them. Langebaan is like 110km. So if you have a breakdown it can be difficult with the standard insurance. Ask at Acker Car Rental for more information.
Expect to pay little less for food than in Western Europe or the US. Eating in restaurants is also a bit cheaper, but not much. If you want to live at low cost it’s possible to buy the main supplies for little money at the supermarket. Imported stuff is expensive, local stuff is cheap. That’s the rule, as at lot of places. Calculate with what you need at home, you will be on the safe side. If you want to go to Cape Town too, check out our Cape Town Kitesurf spot Review.
Kiteboarding schools in Langebaan
The Kitesurfing Collective are located in the kitesurfing mecca of Langebaan, an hour north of Cape Town in South Africa. Stay with them in a communal kitesurfing villa right in the middle of some of the best kitesurfing locations you’ll ever go.
They offer a wide range of courses and camps from the very beginner who has never touched a kite in their life to advanced riders looking to work on their unhooked tricks! Their skilled instructors will make you feel right at home, making sure you’re time in Langebaan is unforgettable. Stay for one week or 3 months, they’ll have a package to suit you. The Collective also offer girls-only camps, created and taught by women, because they are passionate about supporting women in a male dominated sport.
For those of you looking to take your passion in kitesurfing one step further and turning your hobby into your work, TKC also teach IKO assistant instructor courses, your first step in becoming an instructor.
You know another school down there? Send us a mail, we’ll include it here:firstname.lastname@example.org
Didn’t find any, but in Cape Town you get everything you need. You know a kiteshop in Langebaan? Let us know.
Crime & Security
Actually there is something to say about this for Cape Town, but in Langebaan I had absolutely no feeling of anything bad happening there. But I was only there twice and lived in Cape Town, so ask some locals when you arrive.
General travel information
Must-visit-stuff, nightlife & good-to-know-things
Actually if you want to go to Langebaan and stay there, don’t accept much than the beach and wind. There are of course some restaurants and bars, but nightlife, sightseeing and shopping is something you should do in Cape Town.
Langebaan and Shark Bay Kitebeach Webcams
We found nothing useful by now. Do you know a good webcam at this spot? Drop us a mail, please ;)
You find a Video below that gives a little insight on how it is for kiting. It’s done by the local kiteschool. Hope they make a longer one soon where you can see more of the spots. But this is whats available for now :)
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