About Melkbosstrand

Melkbosstrand is situated in Blaauwberg, in Cape Town, South Africa. Show on Map

Western Cape DestinationsMelkbosstrand, Blaauwberg

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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Atlantic Ocean Guest House

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Atlantic Ocean Guest House

The perfect getaway if you want to relax in the calmness of a high security complex submerge in the wonderful nature and ... more

Melkbosstrand Bed & Breakfast

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Melkbosstrand Bed & Breakfast

Melkbosstrand Bed & Breakfast is five minutes walk from the beach where you can enjoy long walks on the beach and ... more

The Lodge at Atlantic Beach

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The Lodge at Atlantic Beach

Overlooking the 1st fairway of one of Cape Town’s premier golf estates, the luxurious and affordable 4 star boutique ... more

Reviews of Melkbosstrand

The Koerberg Nature Reserve's Dikkop trail is actually 22km long, a lot of thick sand and up and down steep dunes. It took us 6 hours to complete. Your...

Juan, Brackenfell

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