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  • Elegant, modern guesthouse with friendly service and a warm seaside atmosphere
  • 10 minutes walk to the beach and the attractions of town
  • A beautiful region to explore, with much on offer

Le Mahi

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 12 years and older

In Langebaan

 

-33.0861, 18.0397

About

Combining the intimacy of a bed and breakfast with highly-personalised service and a great location close to the beach, Le Mahi meets the needs of discerning travellers looking for affordable luxury accommodation in Langebaan.

The double-storey guest house has been lovingly decorated to create a modern home-from-home atmosphere, which is only enhanced by the warm hospitality of owner Sanet Viljoen and manager Bernardine Challita, who treat all guests like royalty. This is no more evident than at breakfast, where guests can pick and choose from a wide variety of options, before Bernardine uses her culinary talents to put together an individualised, mouth-watering feast.      

The five rooms are spread out across both floors of the guest house and, in keeping with the personal feel, have been individually-decorated. Held to exacting standards of comfort, all rooms are equipped with satellite televisions, wireless internet, hairdryers, ceiling fans, heaters, bar fridges and tea/coffee trays.

The two deluxe rooms are situated on the ground floor, and have Queen-size beds and spacious en-suite showers. One of the rooms has a sitting area opening onto a small private garden, while the other leads out onto a patio. The cheerfully-decorated downstairs luxury room is a little more spacious and has a full en-suite bathroom with a luxuriant slipper bath. Guests here can soak up the tranquillity of the surrounds from a wooden deck. 

Upstairs, couples can stay in a luxury double room with a full en-suite bathroom and twin beds that can be converted to a King-size bed. The other first floor luxury room is a perfect family suite, sleeping three guests in a Queen-size and single bed, with the bathroom featuring a big double shower and double basins. Both rooms open onto balconies with picturesque garden views.

In the mornings, the weather will hopefully allow breakfast to be enjoyed on the upstairs patio, which offers a view stretching to the sea in the distance. The dining room provides cosy relief from rainy days, as does the lounge, where guests can keep themselves entertained from a selection of books and board games. In good weather, the white sands of the beach are a ten minute stroll away. Golfers can have a round at the Langebaan Country Estate, whilst shoppers can pay a visit to the Langebaan Mall.

A short drive will take guests to the West Coast National Park, a wildly beautiful area of sand dunes, indigenous fynbos and colourful spring flowers. Inside the park, the Langebaan Lagoon - with its calm, clear waters - is a paradise for watersports enthusiasts, birdwatchers and picnickers. The West Coast Fossil Park is 15 km outside Langebaan and offers a fascinating insight into the area’s rich paleontological history.

Rates & Summary


2 Deluxe Rooms

Ground floor rooms
Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite shower
Private garden or patio

Luxury Room 3

Upstairs room
Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Balcony with garden view

Luxury Room 4

Upstairs room
Sleeps 3 in Queen-size and single bed
En-suite double shower and double basins
Balcony with garden view

Luxury Room 5

Ground floor room
Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite slipper bath and shower
Deck with garden view

Pricing

  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above

Catering

Continental and cooked breakfast included

Kids

Children 12 and older are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Situated in Langebaan, Le Mahi is an impeccably-run bed and breakfast with five comfortable rooms, and ensures that guests are treated to friendly service in a peaceful setting. Le Mahi offers stylish but homely accommodation just a 10 minute walk from Langebaan’s pristine beach. A huge variety of breakfast options, customised to the needs of guests, gets the day off to a perfect start.

Summary

  • Elegant, modern guesthouse with friendly service and a warm seaside atmosphere
  • 10 minutes walk to the beach and the attractions of town
  • A beautiful region to explore, with much on offer

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, golf clubs, binoculars for bird watching/dolphin spotting.

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Nearby: beaches, scuba diving, Langebaan Lagoon, West Coast National Park, fossil trail, horse riding, 4x4 trails, Cape Columbine Lighthouse, golf course.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Fan included
  • Heater included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • No Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • Shuttle service available

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe

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Cape West Coast

Western Cape

About

This exquisite, isolated stretch of land along the west coast of South Africa is one of its richest and most prized natural areas. Breathtaking mountain ranges are constant travelling companions along the Winelands and West Coast routes. The magnificent, brooding peaks, crags and unusual rock formations and caverns were canvases for the San and Khoi people, who left lyrical rock paintings documenting their lives and spiritual experiences of the land.

The mountains now attract rock-climbers and hikers. The west coast’s cold, nutrient-rich Benguela current ensures that its Atlantic waters are teeming with marine life and its shores, although seemingly dry and grey out of flower season, nurture an incredible diversity of plant and animal life.

Unesco has deemed the Cape Floristic Region an area of such incredible biodiversity that the Cape Biosphere Reserve has been formed to protect the land from Milnerton to Velddrif.

The West Coast route encompasses both inland and seaside villages. Travelling north from Cape Town through inland towns such as Darling, Riebeeck Kasteel, Porterville, Piketberg, Citrusdal, Clanwilliam and Wupperthal leads past a series of mountain ranges and wilderness areas, including the Grootwinterhoek, Koue Bokkeveld, and the well-loved Cederberg. The route winds through vineyards, wheat fields, olive, citrus and dairy farms, and friendly towns that have a pastoral serenity.

After good winter rains, flower-lovers make pilgrimages to the west coast in spring (August to September) to enjoy the Cape floral region’s colourful splendour, which reaches its full brilliance in Namaqualand in the Northern Cape. Darling, Porterville, Clanwilliam and Hopefield are especially well known for their flowers and flower festivals.

Once sated with the marvels of the Cederberg, tourists can meander down the coast through fishing villages such as Strandfontein, Lamberts Bay, Eland’s Bay, Velddrif, Paternoster, Langebaan and Yzerfontein.

In the 1600s, Jan Van Riebeeck rejected the west coast as unsuitable for settlement because of the lack of fresh water and the area remained relatively undeveloped. However, in the past 15 years, fresh water supply has been ensured and tourism has boomed. Paternoster has maintained the aesthetic appearance and atmosphere of a fishing village, with whitewashed cottages and fishing boats strewn across its beaches, and is particularly popular with tourists as a result. 

The west coast paints olfactory pictures as compelling as its beautiful scenery. Inland areas can be startlingly fragrant, with orange blossom, rooibos, fynbos and buchu, whereas the fecund, fishy, kelpy marine smells of the coastline are quintessential to the Cape.

Then there is the mouth-watering aroma of west coast rock lobster (crayfish or kreef) on the braai (barbeque) … and the stench of Cape gannet guano at Lambert’s Bay’s Bird Island. All the senses seem heightened in response to this area, perhaps because of its ancient wilderness. 

The coastal towns have a much-vaunted Mediterranean feel and moderate temperatures that attract holiday makers and retirees. With blazing blue skies above, white sandy beaches underfoot and azure seas, you can feel as if you have been catapulted onto a brilliant Greek isle. 

However, the west coast is different from the warm, easy going east coast, and can whip up a howling, biting wind, or set in with miserable rain and austere, desolate greyness.

Shell middens and Stone Age artefacts dotted along the coastline suggest that the west coast’s sea and mountains sustained early human life as long as 700 000 years ago and later supported the San and Khoi people. The Khoi began herding sheep two millennia ago and were well-established herdsman by the time the Dutch settlers arrived in the 17th century, leading to disputes over territory. 

The Portuguese navigator, Vasco da Gama, is said to be the first recorded European to arrive on South African shores, near the Berg River mouth, in a bay he named Bahai da Santa Elena after the mother of Emperor Constantine the Great.The west coast is well-known for its shipwrecks, with Paternoster (“Our Father”) said to reference the prayers of Portuguese sailors.

The west coast has drawn waves of fortune-seekers over the years, with fishing, farming, whaling, guano, forestry and diamonds being among the major drawcards, but some of the area’s greatest assets have been nearly exhausted by human demand, leaving a number of conservation concerns, such as the scarcity of the renosterbos (Swartveld) and the near eradication of endemic Clanwilliam cedars. 

After years of exploitation, the Cederberg Wilderness Area now protects these rare and endemic species as well as the Cape leopard, snow protea and the red and yellow Disa uniflora. Dainty antelope species roam the reserves, as well as baboon, tortoise, caracal, mongoose and bat-eared fox. Sunbirds and sugarbirds thrive on the fynbos. 

Southern right whales enter the west coast’s sheltered bays from July to October in order to calve and can often be seen quite close to the shore. Endemic Haviside’s dolphins also roam the waters, as do dusky dolphins, great white sharks, penguins and Cape fur seals. The wetlands and estuaries in the region are a bird-watcher’s paradise, with tens of thousands of birds, including (in summer) northern hemisphere waders.

Look out for

Cape Flower Route – geologically, the region has remained relatively unchanged for five-million years, resulting in its unique fynbos and astonishing plant variety. 

The 71 000-hectare Cederberg Wilderness Area encompasses famous rock formations (Maltese Cross; Wolfberg Arch and Wolfberg Cracks), caverns with fine rock art sites (Town Hall/Stadsaal Caves) and peaks (the tallest of which is the Sneeuberg at 2 028 metres). Streams, waterfalls and ravines and the amazing plants and animal diversity attract bird-watchers, nature-lovers and hikers who revel in the 254 kilometres of trails. 

Langebaan Lagoon is the centre of West Coast National Park, known for abundant birdlife, beaches, the Postberg Flower Reserve (open from August to September) and Buffelsfontein Game Reserve, with resident black and blue wildebeest, bontebok and eland. Near Kraal Bay are the “footprints of Eve” - early hominid footprints preserved in the sandstone. 

Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, known to Paternoster locals as “Tietiesbaai”, has the last manual lighthouse in South Africa. 

The West Coast Fossil Park between Langebaan and Velddrif yielded a fossilised skull dating back to the Stone Age and showcases the ancient prehistory of area, including extinct animal fossils of toothy bears and tigers. Tours, mountain-bike trails, flower walks and coffee are available.

San Rock Art sites are a testament to the rich spiritual and community relationships of the San and Khoi and quirkily detail the creatures they encountered (even white settlers and ships).  The Cederberg region has more than 2 500 sites. 

Quaint villages - neat, charming Clanwilliam is famed for bouldering, flowers and Rooibos tea. Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout (South African satirist Pieter Dirk Uys) has made a cabaret theatre out of the old Darling station, called Evita se Perron (Evita’s Platform). Riebeeck Kasteel is known for olives, wine, eateries, pastoral friendliness and vibey food, arts and culture festivals. Citrusdal’s hot springs are an amazing natural phenomenon.

Wine – the Olifants River, Swartland and Darling Wine Routes lead oenophiles through amazing scenery to excellent local cellars.

Birdwatching - Langebaan Lagoon; Verlorenvlei (Elands Bay); Berg River Estuary and Rocherpan Nature Reserve (near Velddrif). Bird Island Nature Reserve (Lambert’s Bay), a 19 000-strong Cape gannet colony. 

Activities -  angling, diving, sailing; windsurfing at Saldanha and Langebaan Lagoon; surfing at Eland’s Bay; canoeing on the Berg River; paragliding and hang-gliding at Porterville; Langebaan Country Estate’s scenic 18-hole links-type golf course,designed by Gary Player.

Hikes and walks – numerous trails available, with attractions specific to every area, whether crayfish, rock art or flowers. 

Seafood - West Coast villages offer delectable culinary experiences in unique settings, traditional South African dishes and unsurpassed seafood, such as seasonal crayfish, snoek and bokkoms (dried salted fish). 

Music Festivals - The Rittelfees (Vredendal) and Rocking the Daisies (Cloof Wine Estate, Darling) draw tens of thousands of visitors in October.

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