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Regarded as the start of the ever-growing-in-popularity Cape West Coast, Melkbosstrand is something of a village, although many regard it as a suburb of Cape Town given that it is a mere 35 kilometres outside of the city centre. Melkbosstrand is a favourite with locals and offers hours of beach stolling, surfing, sunsets to put most sunsets to shame, and the much photographed view over Table Mountain and Robben Island.
'Melkbos' literally translates as 'milk bush' and refers to the Euphorbiaceae bushes that grow on sand dunes here, called 'melkbos' by all those familiar with the milky latex substance the plant gives off. Whilst the village is closely tied to the romantic impression of white beaches, great seafood sold at local restaurants, and one of the most popular beaches for kitesurfing, it owes its existence to a thoroughly unromantic development – the Koeberg nuclear power station - built with the help of the British and the French 6 kilometres north of Melkbosstrand, which needed housing for foreign contractors.
Melkbosstrand is nonetheless an ideal and extremely pretty base from which to explore both Cape Town and the West Coast, particularly as the Durbanville winelands are close by and the Boland Mountains, offering a number of wonderful day trips through valleys hung with vines, blue skies for most of the year and mountains looming in the background. The villages of Darling (think 'darling' town tucked in amongst vines and home to Evita se Perron; theatre you mustn't miss!), Malmesbury (the largest town in the Swartland known for its wine and grain farms), and even Riebeek-Kasteel and Riebeek-West if you're prepared to travel a little further, are all within easy range of Melkbosstrand and well worth the effort.
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Enjoy this Championship Links Golf Course with its traditional style and ocean breeze off the ocean. On calm days you can play your normal loft shot or on windy days you can use firm turf to play low running shots beneath the wind. Either way it is a challenge we are sure you will enjoy. Atlantic Beach Golf Links has ... more information
Stretching all the way from Diep River in Milnerton, to the Berg River close to Velddrif on the West Coast, the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve (CWCBR) was designated as such by UNESCO in 2000. The beautiful area of the Cape Floristic Region is deemed worthy of protecting internationally, particularly as ... more information
Head up the West Coast from Cape Town for roughly 60 kilometres and you will find Grotto Bay Coastal Nature Reserve. It's a 500 hectare private nature reserve filled with walking trails, birds, the possibility of sighting whales, unpolluted skies and, during spring, a bevy of wild flowers. Grotto Bay ... more information
Ratanga Junction features over 30 attractions, the most exciting being the Cobra roller coaster. There are also plenty of tamer rides for children and the less adventurous adults. The park also boasts numerous restaurants and bars as well as a variety of evening entertainment in the grand hall, theatre rooms and cinemas. more information
The fact that these beaches are great for windsurfing and kitesurfing should alert one to the wind factor. Table Bay’s beaches can be unpleasant when the wind blows but nothing beats these beaches for their view of Table Mountain and Robben Island and the miles of sand on which to stretch your legs. The acrobatics ... more information
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