Conde Nast has named South Africa as one of the top travel destinations for 2021, with special mention that the Western Cape is a must-stay location.
And high on the list of any judicious traveller will be the jewel of the West Coast, Langebaan, not only as a vacation spot, but also as a prime remote working location. This means that as a 4-star luxury B&B, Crystal Lagoon Lodge features prominently as a desirable accommodation option – for both holiday and business.
Science has shown that there are certain specific qualities that determine the attractiveness of tourist destinations.
Attractions are how tourists will spend a large part of their day on vacation. Langebaan has plenty:
• The picturesque, modern town borders onto the scenic West Coast National Park, which doesn’t have the Big Five, but instead the Slow Five: tortoises, whales, sand sharks, porcupines and dune moles. Also to be seen are eland, wildebeest, hartebeest, bontebok, springbok, kudu and mountain zebra in the Postberg section of the park. The oldest known footprint of a modern human – Eve’s Footprint, dated at about 117 000 years old – was also discovered in the park on the banks of the Langebaan Lagoon.
• At Langebaanweg is the West Coast Fossil Park – the only such park in South Africa and home to the relics of the ancient Big Five that once roamed the area. What’s more, the remains of Africa’s only bear have been discovered here, along with fossils of 200 other species. Visitors can enjoy an informative tour of a fossil dig and hunt for their own fossils, and there’s biking, hiking and horse riding through the park.
• Langebaan is an internationally acclaimed Ramsar Site for its importance as a wetland. The tidal mud flats of the lagoon also attract thousands of migratory birds every year. Resident species are prolific and include greater and lesser flamingos. In addition, the world’s largest breeding colony of black harriers also occurs in the area.
• Finally, the cherry on top: almost year-round sunshine, safe waters and reliable winds make Langebaan paradise for water sports lovers – particularly kite surfers, wind surfers, kayakers, yachtsmen, water skiers and fishermen.
Experiencing food is one of the best ways to get to know a new place. In fact, food tourism has become its own type of travel in recent years. Langebaan has its fair share of good restaurants – from Die Strandloper for seafood in an authentic beach setting, Pearly’s with its great vibe and extensive menu, Thoban Chefs for sushi, Kokomo Beach Bar for pizzas and oysters, and Moksh for Indian fare, among many others.
High-speed fibre internet is available in Langebaan and also at Crystal Lagoon Lodge, plus all essential facilities, such as laundry services, spa treatments, physiotherapists, a mall and quirky clothes shops.
Landscapes that are considered more attractive are likely to see a higher number of visitors. Well, beating the jaw-dropping Langebaan landscape is a tall order: the splendour of a turquoise lagoon, the deep blue sea and pearly white sand.
So, pack your bags and head on over to Langebaan. We certainly hope to see you soon at Crystal Lagoon Lodge!
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