After we left Yzerfontein, it was another half an hour up the road to our weekend destination. We got off the R27 and headed inland to the sleepy little beach town of Langebaan where we found the most darling bed and breakfast.
And sleepy it was. While there are 7,000 permanent residents in the general area, the population triples during summer months—usually. We were there during the first few weeks of summer, however, and due to the cold temps, the tourists hadn’t yet invaded Langebaan—which was good for us, as we only booked our bed and breakfast a couple days beforehand. After perusing Trip Advisor for a long while, we settled on Le Mahi, which was just a few blocks from the beach and had gorgeous rooms plus a full breakfast each morning for just $115 a night.
Trip Advisor did not lie. The guest house was lovely; we each had a gorgeous room and bathroom with our own private outdoor patios. The whole place was open and airy, perfect for a relaxed weekend in a coastal town.
And the arrangement was made even sweeter when we arrived to find that two of the hospitality team, Zoe and Susie, were of the canine persuasion and roamed the house at leisure to ensure all guests were having a good time.
Given that we’re going through major Ella withdrawal, we spent as much time wrestling with Zoe and Susie as they would let us—and they were pretty obliging hosts, chasing us up and down the stairs and out into the yard.
They even joined us for a romp out on the beach on the second night.
We had no plans for the first evening—or for the entire weekend, really—so after we got comfortable in the B&B, we took our host Bernardine’s advice and headed down to the Oyster Catcher for some surf and turf, wine and malva pudding (my favorite South African delight).
The next day, we got up at the leisurely hour of 9am—a novelty after so many painfully early mornings on the ship—and Bernardine prepared us a full on breakfast spread, an embarrassment of riches really.
Again, no advance plans were made, so we drove into West Coast National Park, which deserves a dedicated post of its own, and planned on killing a few hours; instead, we spent all of daylight within the park’s confines.
We arrived back at Le Mahi just minutes before sunset and made a mad dash for the beach. The weather in Langebaan was much like San Francisco: brisk and windy, with crisp blue skies and a gentle, cool sun—perfect conditions for beach time (only fully clothed…no bikinis here).
We spent some time watching the sun sink below the peninsula that flanks Langebaan Lagoon and going snap happy before letting the night’s cold take over.
It was our last evening of freedom before returning to Cape Town the following morning, so we settled on a “fancy” dinner, fancy being relative as we were in a beach town far from an urban center. However, Bernardine told us about this delicious place, Boesmansland, close by so we went on a wild goose chase of twists and turns and dead ends trying to find it. It turned out to be attached to the casino, Mykonos, only once we arrived, they were only serving a very mediocre-looking buffet so we wandered into Lekker Die Sea next door for a wonderful meal. SVV enjoyed it so much, he told our server—who, ironically enough, worked as a carnie in California for some time—that he wanted “to have babies with this lemon meringue pie.” High praise from a tough critic.
The restaurant overlooked the lagoon, and while it was indoors, the floor was sand and seashells, and the whole interior had a very Coastal Living feel to it. South Africa has some of the best food I’ve eaten anywhere in the world; it’s a fusion of seafood, California, Indian and Malay cuisine, with some of my favorite ingredients (like butternut squash and sweet potatoes) incorporated into many dishes. One thing that has been a happy surprise both times I’ve visited South Africa is just how affordable it is for Americans. We ate most meals for $15 of less, which usually included a main course, an appetizer, adult beverage and dessert.