Western Cape DestinationsDuynefontein, Blaauwberg
Duynefontein lies some 30 kilometres north of the Cape Town city bowl, virtually right next door to a nuclear plant, which might not sound like a good reason to live here but the demand for property in Cape Town is such that anywhere in the Melkbosstrand area - close to the start of the Cape’s renowned Cape West Coast - is a proposition worth considering.
And it is a beautiful part of the world to live in, despite Koeberg. There is a corridor of cycle trails and open spaces that form a green lung that links Koeberg’s nature reserve to Blouberg Koppie, near Melkbosstrand, and the incredible panoramic views from Duynefontein over Table Mountain are why residents brave the traffic every morning, and of course, there is the added bonus of no power cuts – the suburb is on the power station’s own circuit as it was originally built for French engineers who helped with the construction.
The Koeberg Nature Reserve is home to some of the last remaining Strandveld along the West Coast. During spring, this part of the veld comes alive with colour as flowers, in various forms, shapes and sizes, erupt in the veld.
Not only is the reserve home to over 200 identified bird species but eland, gemsbok and Burchell’s zebra have been introduced to the reserve successfully. Two circular hiking trails cover the reserve and are popular with residents. The R27 continues along the coast and other attractions include the Milnerton Water Park and Blouberg’s beaches.