The history of Langebaan

The Langebaan Lagoon was formed by the rise and fall of the sea level during prehistoric times. This is different from most lagoons that form where freshwater rivers enter the sea (such as Milnerton Lagoon). As a result, Langebaan Lagoon is a purely salt water lagoon.

As early as 500,000 years ago, the first Homo sapiens were likely present in the area, living in groups and hunting small animals, displacing carnivores, such as lions, from their prey, and gathering plant foods. They made fire for protection and cooking and probably made simple shelters out of branches. They probably used animal skins for warmth and clothing. They made tools out of wood and stone.

The European history of the city began around 400 years ago. In the 17th century, the Dutch East India Company used the calm waters of Saldanha Bay as a repair site for their sailing ships. The French used Schaapeneiland (located a stone’s throw from Langebaan beach) as a storage place for whale oil and seal skins (they called it “Isle à la Biche”). More recently, the whaling station was located in Donkergat and is still visible from the city. A reminder of Langebaan’s whaling history is the harpoon outside the municipal buildings.

Langebaan is well known as the ornithological capital of South Africa, it has recorded the largest oyster shell deposits in the world and enjoys a moderate climate with fresh air and long sunny days. Winter is never very cold and long summer days are never unbearably hot.

To protect its culture as a fishing, vacation and retirement town, the city does not allow industries. The mild climate, beautiful surroundings, and calm waters provide a steady stream of visitors.

To explore the area on classic motorcycles, visit African Dream Motorcycle Adventures []

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