Langebaan lagoon

I’ve taken a variety of photos of this old house over the years but this is one of my favourites. The ruins of this one-roomed house are on top of a large rock overlooking the Langebaan Lagoon in the West Coast National Park and is the perfect spot for stunning panoramic views  over the lagoon.  I forget the story of the original purpose of this house but its location means it must have been some sort of look-out. It’s very exposed so it can’t have been pleasant to live there during inclement weather but what a delight on a good day.

The lagoon is renowned for its bird life and spectacular annual spring flower show, and is also home to Eve’s footprint – a fossilised set of female prints found in 1995 and estimated to be over 100,000 years old which makes the owner one of the earliest modern human – that’s old!!

This photo of my son Paul (on the right) and his friends Natasha and Pierre was taken after we had spent a fabulous day at Kraalbaai where the houseboats are located. It was mid-summer, very hot and wind-free; we had a picnic and swam all day and played like children in the sand. For once the beach wasn’t over-crowded and we were even visited by a mouse, several little birds and some pangolin who came very close to us to see what left-overs they could scrounge. Pierre and Natasha were on their first visit to Cape Town and even though they toured quite a lot around the region they both said this was one of the best days they had in the 3 months they spent in Cape Town.

About Francoise Armour

I run a small touring company (Tours du Cap) at the bottom of Africa, to show visitors the beauty and vibrant culture of the country I have lived in since my parents brought me here from France as a child. I enjoy taking photos and wish I had learnt to do it properly. I enjoy writing but don't do enough of it. I enjoy walking in the mountains that surround me and I marvel over the views and the flowers and the amazing rock formations. I have a small, cute, clever, black dog of indeterminable breed, named Vida, who reminds me regularly that walking and getting out is not only for when tourists want it.

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