2018 September Langebaan

From Meerendal we drove north-west along the coast, with a detour to Darling to visit a local microbrewery (Darling Brew). This region in general is renowned for its springtime wildflower blooms when the ground is covered with a carpet of colour. We were unfortunately a few weeks late to see the peak bloom, but there were still lots of wildflowers to see, as per the first series of photos in my gallery. Langebaan is a lovely resort town on Saldanha Bay (South Africa’s deepest natural harbour), and reminded me a bit of Swakopmund, Namibia. The town gets over 300 days a year of sunshine and has steady (strong) winds, and has developed into a mecca for windsports, particularly kiteboarding. The town is also located adjacent to the West Coast National Park, home to almost 300 species of birds (its an internationally recognized wetlands and a RAMSAR site), and a variety of other animals including; Gemsbok, Bontebok, ostrich, Eland, red hartebeest, Cape grysbok, caracal and rock hyrax amongst others. As with the other parks we’ve visited, all the facilities were well maintained including the roads, rest areas, signage etc. A few shots of the flora and fauna taken while in the Langebaan region can be seen by clicking this link or the embedded photo.