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Tourists are trooping to Langebaan in the hope to see an Orca
Killer whales are seen from time to time in the waters around the Cape. It is incredibly rare to see these mammals along Southern African shorelines in comparison to sightings throughout the rest of the continents of the world because Orcas flourish most abundantly in colder waters, including Antarctica, the North Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. They also do occur, though at lower densities, in tropical, subtropical, and offshore waters such as the warmer waters of the eastern South African shoreline. One might argue that, in Orca terms, warmer waters also include the colder western South African shoreline which has comaparibly much higher temperatures of ‘cold’ South African Cape coast line waters versus the temperatures found in the North Atlantic and Pacific Oceans .
The Discovery Channel has shot some spectacular footage from places like Gansbaai, False Bay and Simon’s Town in a show called Mega Hunt: Killer Whales of the Cape. This is the first time that Orcas have been spotted in the Langebaan Lagoon! The noted Discovery documentary shot scenes along the Cape coast over a period of a few years. Many of the footage was taken in False Bay and off Simon’s Town, showing killer whales hunting large pods of dolphins that travel along the shores of the Cape Peninsula.
This is a rare occasion and many enthusiasts are currently flocking to the Langebaan Lagoon at the hope that they will be able to spot these magnificent creatures playing in the water. One has to wonder what a huge surprise such a find might be to a kite- or windsurfer.
Some information on the Killer whales of South Africa visiting us in Langebaan
The distribution of Orcas within the Southern African region is widespread, occurring both in coastal and offshore waters
Off South Africa, group sizes generally include less than 13 animals, with an average group size of 4 individuals. They are however most frequently seen in pairs. The largest group size recorded was 20 animals.
It has been suggested that Southern African orcas have a seasonal reproduction and give birth from May-August. They feed on both mammals and fish, however stomach content examinations revealed that most of the individuals stranded along the South African coastline contained the remains of whales, seals or dolphins.
There are three known species of Killer Whales. At present, Southern African orcas are classified as data deficient because of the limited amount of available data on them.
A beautiful glimmer of hope following a very dry year for South Africa – This year’s flower season unveiled one of the most spectacular flowering seasons that the West Coast, Namakwaland and Richtersveld region has seen in many years.
The spectacular West Coast flowers were in full bloom from August to early October 2016 as the Namakwaland displayed, once again, a turncoat of colour moving into its warm period following the winter months. This sets a fantastic tone and lays the groundwork for the coming 2017 West Coast Flower season.
This flowering season attracted a tremendous amount of tourists to the Langebaan area, seeking the peace and tranquility, wildlife and birdflocks that can only be found in this unique form, period and location – selectively and freely created by nature on a yearly basis.
Here follows a brief display of our incredible and awe-inspiring West Coast Flower period:
“Langebaan also has so much more to offer its nature-loving visitors while spending time in the beautiful outdoors!”…
Here are a few items, only to mention a few, that will get you started on your visit to Langebaan during the yearly West Coast Flowering season!
Wonderful wildlife along the Atlantic shore: This is also an excellent place to go whale-watching between August and October when southern right whales cruise and breach along the coastline. The whales are attracted to the rich feeding grounds created by the cold Benguela current which moves up the West Coast, and come in to calve in the relatively sheltered environment of Saldanha Bay
Local flora and fauna: If you love the idea of escaping from civilisation into wild, challenging surroundings, then the fantastic West Coast National Park is for you! Holiday Guest House Langebaan is situated a mere 6km from the entrance and 2km from the first landscape views of the park. The park offers a unique and fascinating peek into the West Coast ecosystem, and it would be a terrible shame not to have an idea of what you’re privileged to be looking at. the visitors’ map that you are issued with (free of charge) on entry to the park also features a ‘tick list’ of animals and birds in the park – complete with photos for identification.
The Postberg Nature Reserve, also know as the Postberg Flower Reserve, is situated within the West Coast National Park in Langebaan. It is closed for most of the year, but is opened to the public during spring (August – September) where one can view the awe-inspiring, exceptional carpet of spring flowers in the reserve. Another positive aspect of the limited opening times is that there is game here that hasn’t quite learned to shy away from humans. Keep an eye out for zebra, wildebeest, antelope, ostrich, mongoose, rock hyrax, snakes, birds, and tortoises. The picnic and braai spots along the coast are fantastic for whale watching.
The unique West Coast Fossil park: You could be forgiven for not envisaging that you would ever be tempted to visit a disused mine site on your trip to South Africa, but perhaps the West Coast Fossil Park will make you change your mind! The fossil park is located approximately 150 km north of Cape Town (a 1.5-2 hour drive) on the site of the old Chemfos mine which mined phosphate for fertiliser manufacture. During mining, a huge number of mammal bones were unearthed, which provide a fascinating insight into the ecosystem of the region during the late Miocene/early Pliocene (circa 5.2 million years ago) – a blink of an eye in terms of geological time. The mine was finally closed in 1993, and the site was deemed to be of such scientific significance that it was handed over to Iziko (the South African museum).
Fishing: The lagoon was zoned as a protected area in 1976 and was later declared as a National Park and Marine Protected Area (MPA). MPAs are declared by law to safeguard the ocean’s diverse marine life. The lagoon was divided into three sections where fishing is allowed in zone A. Catching of linefish in terms of a recreational fishing permit or netfishing permit is allowed in this zone on a permit obtained from the West Coast Parks Board. Well-found species include Galjoen, Hottentot, Kabeljou, Mackerel, Mullet and Steentjie. Recommended bait to use includes hokka, crabs, mussels, limpets, redbait, musselworms, prawns, octopus, pilchards, worms, shrimps and vegetable matter.
Offroad Cycling: The West Coast National Park mountain bike trail is located on the Langebaan Lagoon. The MTB trail is a unique way to experience mountain biking in the West Coast National Park. Options include an easy(13km) and extended intermediate(18km). This trail is very scenic and is not technically challenging. It is a pleasant ride with great views and a unique opportunity to cycle in a national park. Out in the open it is like a biking safari that lets you feel and smell the park and see and hear the birds and animals. This mountain bike trail allows you to enjoy many experiences from an intimate up close feel in amongst the fynbos, to the breathtaking views of the Lagoon from top of Seeberg. A variety of animals can be spotted, including caracal, bat eared foxes, porcupines, duiker, bontebok, springbok, ostriches, and a world class selection of birds.
Kayaking: The Langebaan Lagoon and surrounding waters offer some incredible paddling experiences. The Lagoon is a RAMSAR site and is home to many flamingo’s, penguins, oystercatchers, whales, dolphins, along with nearly 25% of Southern Africa’s bird life. The waters of the Lagoon are not open to the extreme elements, so paddling on the Lagoon is easy and fun, and not to mention safe! A development program for previously disadvantaged kids is also run in Langebaan during the 1st, 2nd and 4th school terms. Langebaan plays host to one of the Cape Point Qualifiers where paddlers paddle out of the Lagoon on their way to the finish at Jacob’s Bay.
HOLIDAY GUEST HOUSE, LANGEBAAN, EARNS TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE 3 YEARS IN A ROW!
Langebaan, Western Cape, South Africa – 2019/02/11 – Holiday Guest House, Langebaan today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence for the third consecutive year and that it’s over-all customer rating has increased consistantly during a period of 36 months. Now in its fourth year, this trendy achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past three years, evident of top quality service. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.
“We are honoured to be a acknowledged by our loyal customers for our effort towards service excellence for the third consecutive year”, said Annie Pansegrouw, Manager of the guest house. “Our remains to provide top service to both national and international guests”.
“With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honours hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travellers”, said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travellers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travellers feel more confident in their booking decisions.”
The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.
Holiday Guest House, Langebaan, offers unobtrusive, yet fresh 4-star hospitality and caters for families, businesses, couples and sports fanatics.
TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site**, enabling travellers to plan and book the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers advice from millions of travellers, and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features, with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 340 million unique monthly visitors***, and 350 million reviews and opinions covering 6.5 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 48 markets worldwide.
TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ:TRIP), through its subsidiaries, manages and operates websites under 24 other travel media brands:
www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.everytrail.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.thefork.com (including www.lafourchette.com, www.eltenedor.com, www.iens.nl, www.besttables.com and www.dimmi.com.au), www.gateguru.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.housetrip.com, www.independenttraveler.com, www.jetsetter.com, www.niumba.com, www.onetime.com, www.oyster.com, www.seatguru.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.tingo.com, www.travelpod.com, www.tripbod.com, www.vacationhomerentals.com, www.viator.com, and www.virtualtourist.com.
**Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, February 2019
***Source: TripAdvisor log files, Q1 2019
<Phone the Manager, Annie, at +2722-772-1026 for enquiries and bookings>
Two air force pilots injured in crash-landing near Langebaan
The Cessna Caravan landed on a private farm shortly after midnight while on a routine night flying exercise at the Langebaanweg base, said SA National Defence Force spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini.
“Both pilots sustained varying degrees of injuries and they are currently hospitalized.”
According to the unofficial South African Air Force website, a lieutenant colonel and a captain were critically injured.
Dlamini said internal defence force processes were initiated to convene a board of inquiry, in order to determine the cause of the accident.
Source: Jenna Etheridge, News24 | News24
The Langebaan Lagoon is part of the WestCoast National Park. Kiteboarding is one of the most exciting and fastest growing sports in the world, attracting people of all ages. It can also be overwhelming if not approached in a safe manner. That is why we are supplying this information, with useful tips for safe kiting in the National Park.
The Park isused by many different people and it is important to consider them when you kiteboard in the lagoon.
Before you launch, check entry, riding and exit areas. While you’re doing that , look for
* Side-shore wind: this wind direction makes it easier to go out and come back because the crosswind is perpendicular to the beach. Onshore winds make it difficult to get away from the beach, while off shore winds make it difficult to come back to the beach.
* Free of obstacles and people: mistakes happen, so make the extra effort to avoid people, power lines, parking lots and fixed structures.
* Free of wind shadows: trees, buildings,mountains and even piers will disrupt windflow, causing gusts. Take the time to see wind on the water and understand why some areas are windier than others.
* Flat water, no shore pound: before you launch, walk into the water ; if you get knocked over by a wave, you are entering an area with shore break. If a wave or shore break gets hold of your kite, it may have more power than the wind, so try to avoid this situation.
* Sandy bottom: before riding a spot , look online at a satellite picture of the area. When you arrive, swim the area and learn what type of bottom you’re deal ing with.
Safe Ways to Ride with Others
Rigging and launching: find an open space to pump your kite and lay out your lines. Be sure not to cross over or under someone else’s lines, and preplan your process for launching. If you are not going to launch the kite right away, keep the lines connected to the kite but wrap them around the bar. Have a fellow rider help launch your kite; no need to self-launch in a crowd. Remember to ensure a clear drop zone, launch toward the water and keep the kite low. It is a good idea to always roll up your lines when not in use.
From the beach it may look like chaos on the water with kites and boards flying all over the place, but on the water there emerges some sense of organisation. Beginners and less experienced riders should ride downwind of the more experienced riders. When cutting upwind toward each other , the more advanced rider keeps his kite high and stays upwind, while the less experienced rider keeps his kite low and bears off slightly to stay downwind. Once you are out for a while, you will become used to the riders in your area and begin to feel comfortable riding around them.
Overtaking a rider
The key to over taking someone on the water is common sense. Keep in mind there is a massive blindspot above and behind a rider , over thet railing shoulder. This means that he may not be able to see your kite overhead if he decides to jump, unintentionally sending his kite directly into yours. Therefore, when over taking a rider ensure you are far enough upwind, with your kite high. Better yet, just stop and turn around to make another tack.
If you want to jump, make sure there is a clear downwind space with no one coming in close behind you or tacking directly in front of you. Practise new moves only in an area where you have enough room for error, not in a crowd.
In case two kites do tangle, the main point to remember is not to panic. If you freak out and instantly let go of your kite, things will get out of control quickly. Instead, unhook first ,keep flying your kite and communicate with the other rider . Most likely you will each have to slowly land your kite in the water and work the mess out .
Try to gain eye contact with someone taking a break on the beach,then use the universal landing signal of patting the top of your head with an open palm. They should be able to assist you.
Once you land your kite, even for a half-hour break, wrap the lines and secure the kite to the ground.
Why take lessons?
A good coach will save you from possible injury and probable embarrassment. Besides saving face and your butt, here are five other reasons to take lessons:·
1) Demolish the learning curve: a good instructor will help you use what you’ve learned from other sports, drastically reducing the learning curve.
2) Save serious coin: Lessons save time and money. Without the right size kite, you will end up trashing your gear . Schools have many different sizes and styles of kites, so why not learn on and trash their gear instead.
3) Guidance: Instructors know all about the latest gear and will share tips that would have taken you months to discover . Plus,most have been on the scene since day one, so they can introduce you to all the local kiters.
4) Protection: not knowing what you’re doing flying a kite can put others in harm’s way and might even hurt you. Not to mention that injuring others is not a good way to impress the local kiters.
5) Stress-free shopping: a good instructor will know the perfect kite and board for your weight ,size and style, saving you hours of frustration.
Enquire at the National Park for a list of reputable instructors.
Kite Boarding Guidelines Langebaan Lagoon
– Play it Safe
– Wear a helmet , buoyancy aid and quick release harness system
– Check your equipment thoroughly and regularly repair any damage
– Carry a flare set to attract attention
– Carry a knife that can cut your flying line
– Check the local weather before riding anensure you can handle the conditions
– Never kiteboard with an onshore wind
– Ensure you understand the tidal currents and how they might affect the riding area
– Use an effective kite leash and functional safety system
– Stay well clear of obstacles especially when launching
– Do not go away from shore further than you can swim back
– If in doubt , don’t go out
There are safety instruct ions and guidelines for beach use posted up on Main Beach and Klein Oesterwal Beach (Shark Bay) . Please follow these guidelines when launching and riding.
Always use common sense. Do not tamper with other people’s gear . Picking up bars,kites, etc. may be dangerous. Always secure your kite with sand or sandbags.
An unmanned kite is dangerous.Never leave an inflated kite unattended. Winds may shift and cause the kite to become unsecured and fly off .
Always yield to other beach users. Be courteous and polite.
West Coast National Park Phone: 022 772 2144 Fax: 022 772 2607
Be safe out there and enjoy many happy years of kiting!
The west coast rock lobster recreational fishing season opens on 15th of November and closes in April 2016. Fishing is allowed every day of the week from 15 November to 17 November. No fishing will be allowed from 18 November to 13 December. Fishing will be allowed every day of the week from 14 December to 1 January. No fishing will be allowed from 2 January to 17 April. Fishing will be allowed on public holidays from 18 April to 21 April.
The size restriction remains at 80mm carapace length.
Recreational fishing permits will only be issued to persons above the age of 12 years.
Recreational permit-holders collecting and landing of west coast rock lobster may do so only between 08h00 – 16h00. The rock lobsters must be landed by 16:00.
Any west coast rock lobster caught, collected or transported shall be kept in a whole state. West coast rock lobster caught with a recreational permit may not be sold by any person.
Recreational west coast rock lobster permits are obtainable at the Post Office at a cost of R92, 00 per permit and are valid for the entire recreational fishing season. The permit fees remain unchanged.
Enquiries and comments from recreational fishers can be directed to RECRFISH@nda.agric.za a dedicated email address created by the Department specifically for the purposes of improved communications with the recreational fishing sector.
Contact Carol Moses on 021 4023448
WEST COAST ROCK LOBSTER TOTAL ALLOWABLE CATCH (TAC) ANNOUNCED
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) set the global WCRL TAC for the fishing season at 2 167.06 tons in 2013. The TAC apportioned to the commercial offshore sub-sector is set at 1 356.56 tons and for the commercial nearshore sub-sector it is set at 451 tons. The TAC apportioned for the subsistence (small-scale/interim relief) sub-sector, was set at 276 tons (138kg per fisher)
Speaking at a media briefing the Deputy Director-General: Fisheries Management (Acting) Desmond Stevens, reasserted the DAFF’s commitment to the implementation of the WCRL operational management plan aimed at the recovery of the resource.
In 2012 the status of the South African Marine Fishery Resources report which indicates that WCRL was showing signs of recovery and Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, remained steadfast in commitment to manage South African Fishery resources in ecologically sound manner and to rebuild our coastal communities.
The department and the all relevant fishery stakeholders have collectively developed the WCRL Operational Management Plan (OMP) with a clear accumulative recovery target of 35% for West Coast Rock Lobster by 2021.
The Department remains committed to the recovery plan and has never veered there from. Neither does the Department have any such intentions. ‘We believe the use of the resource should be in the interest of sustainable development which recognizes the environment, people, and economics’, asserted Deputy Director-General, Desmond Stevens.