Need To Know Information
- Location: Kraalbaai, West Coast National Park, Langebaan, Cape West Coast, Western Cape
- Distance from Cape Town: +/- 135km
- West Coast National Park Daily Conservation & Entry Fees for 1 November 2021 to 31 October 2022:
- Daily Conservations Fees Outside Flower Season (October – July): South African Citizens and Residents (with ID): R70 per adult, per day / R35 per child, per day | SADC Nationals (with passport): R105 per adult, per day / R52 per child, per day | Standard Conservation Fee: R105 per adult, per day / R52 per child, per day.
- Daily Conservations Fees In Flower Season (August & September): South African Citizens and Residents (with ID): R100 per adult, per day / R50 per child, per day | SADC Nationals (with passport): R150 per adult, per day / R75 per child, per day | Standard Conservation Fee: R220 per adult, per day / R110 per child, per day.
- Members of SANParks’ loyalty programme WILD do not pay conservation fees provided that proof of Identity and their WILD card are shown on arrival | Click here to find out more about SANParks’ Wild Card.
- Operating hours / Gate times: September – March: 7am – 7pm (last vehicle entry at 6:30pm) | April – August: 7am – 6pm (last vehicle entry at 5:30pm).
- Emergency Contact Details: For emergencies within the park, contact Reception during office hours (8am – 4pm, Monday to Friday) on 022 707 9902/ 022 772 2144/5 or the Manager on duty at any time (including after hours) on 071 212 2579.
- Pets: Pets are not allowed in a National Park.
- Braai area: Yes
- Picnic area: Yes
- Swimming: Yes
- Water sports: Yes | Boating, surfing, water skiing, kitesurfing, wakeboarding, fishing, angling, kayaking, water skiing, and canoeing are all allowed on the Langebaan Lagoon.
Day Visitor Requirements
Day visitors are welcome to visit the West Coast National Park and Kraalbaai Beach right throughout the year. In addition to the Daily Conservation Fee, all day visitors must complete the West Coast National Park’s Gate Registration & Indemnity Document in order to gain access to the park.
**Tip: Download and complete the Gate Registration & Indemnity Document before your visit in order to save time when entering the park. Click here to download the required Gate Registration & Indemnity Document from the SANParks’ website.
How To Get To Kraalbaai Beach
Kraalbaai Beach is located in the ever popular West Coast National Park. In order to reach Kraalbaai Beach, you need to drive through the West Coast National Park, and around the Langebaan Lagoon. You will find the beach just before entering the restricted gates of the Postberg section of the park, which is only open from August to September during Cape Town’s peak spring flower season.
Kraalbaai is easily accessible via both car and boat. Once inside the West Coast National Park, it will take you around 35 minutes to drive around the Langebaan Lagoon to Kraalbaai Beach. If you’re an experienced boater or skilled in sailing or canoeing, you can also choose to boat, sail, or canoe across the lagoon. Not only is it easier and saves you tons of time, it’s far more thrilling and enjoyable too.
**West Coast National Park: The entrance to the West Coast National Park is some 100km north of Cape Town, off the R27 highway. Most internal routes are tarred. Only the last section of the road to Postberg is gravelled.
You can gain access to the West Coast National Park and Kraalbaai via 1 of 2 gates – The West Coast Gate and the Langebaan gate. The driving distance from the West Coast Gate to Kraalbaai is +/- 21.3km. The driving distance from the Langebaan Gate to Kraalbaai is +/- 31.6km.
**Gate Times: 1 April to 31 August: 7am – 6pm | 1 September to 31 March: 7am – 7pm
About Kraalbaai Beach
The beautiful long, sandy white Kraalbaai Beach forms part of the multi-functional Zone A of the Langebaan Lagoon in the renowned West Coast National Park. The beach itself is located approximately 1.1km from the centre of Kraalbaai. The turquoise water of the Langebaan Lagoon not only attracts numerous birds and a thriving marine life but is incredibly popular among beach-goers.
The crystal-clear water, endless stretch of white sand, and tranquil and secluded atmosphere makes Kraalbaai Beach one of the most popular beaches in Langebaan for locals and travelers alike. Its calm, warm and shallow waters makes it an ideal swimming spot, especially for the little ones. Boasting a stunning scenic setting and picturesque views all around, Kraalbaai Beach is also perfect for romantic walks on its pristine white sand.
Kraalbaai Beach has become famous for its unique houseboats dotted around the lagoon, many of which are anchored. Available in a range of sizes, these houseboats can be rented out at various rates for a truly unforgettable overnight experience. Book a houseboat now!
The warm, calm waters of the Langebaan Lagoon also makes Kraalbaai Beach incredibly popular among boating and water sports enthusiasts.
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Experiences, Activities & Water Sports
Kraalbaai Beach has established itself as a mecca for avid water sports enthusiasts and ocean thrill seekers. Boasting the perfect conditions, visitors can enjoy an exciting variety of exhilarating water sports and ocean adventures. From surfing, water skiing, kitesurfing, and wakeboarding, to boating, fishing, angling, kayaking, water skiing, canoeing, and so much more – Kraalbaai Beach is any water sport lover’s dream come true.
Besides being one of the top beaches along the Cape west coast for water sports, Kraalbaai is the perfect family friendly beach. From swimming, sunbathing, sandcastle building, and scenic walks to enjoying a delicious picnic on the beach, Kraalbaai boasts an endless variety of things to do, see, and experience. You can even hop on a guided boat tour where you will explore the beautiful Langebaan Lagoon and its biodiverse surroundings. With so much to offer, it’s no surprise that Kraalbaai Beach is a fan-favourite among locals and tourists alike.
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Kraalbaai Beach offers excellent facilities to suite a variety of needs. Some of its facilities include a well-maintained wooden boardwalk, jetty, and ablutions. It also has a great picnic and braai area where visitors can enjoy a braai right next to the beach or indulge in a delicious picnic with family and friends. All while admiring the spectacular surroundings and views and enjoying the incredible and exhilarating range of activities, experiences and adventures Kraalbaai Beach has to offer.
If you’re planning on enjoying a sun-kissed beach day, beachfront braai, picnic, or any fun activities, it is important to note that Kraalbaai Beach has little to no shaded areas. Make sure you put on tons of sunscreen and bring an umbrella or gazebo along to create a shaded area for yourself.
**Important note: No alcohol is allowed on the beach at any time. The beach is open daily from 7 am to 7 pm.
With its stunning scenery, picnic and braai opportunities and numerous fun beach activities and extreme water sports — this secluded pristine beach is definitely a must-visit!