Western Cape DestinationsMilnerton, Blaauwberg
Milnerton was founded in 1897 and named after Lord Alfred Milner who was a High Commissioner for South Africa. After a rather slow start, the area began to grow steadily after the arrival of the railway in the early years of the 20th Century. Today, Milnerton has become one of the fastest growing areas in the Western Cape.
Milnerton is situated approximately 11km from Cape Town’s city centre. It is well known for its stunning properties, shimmering lagoon, links golf course and its close proximity to many of Cape Town’s hotspots. Milnerton is the oldest of the suburbs along the northern Table Bay. It is a solely residential area boasting many stunning homes and trees.
From a residential point of view, Milnerton is blessed with spectacular views over the bay towards Table Mountain. The area is well served with an active commercial centre, booming residential areas along the coastline and ample entertainment.
Milnerton boasts many attractions and is a popular spot for jet skiing, surfing, body boarding, rafting down the lagoon, fishing, prawn fishing as well as canoe paddling. The lagoon is a hotspot for all canoeists who get the best of both worlds: a gorgeous view and a spectacular canoeing adventure. Other attractions include Zonnekus, the Golf Course and the Lighthouse. Zonnekus is a beautiful Dutch home which was the first house built on Woodbridge Island in 1929. It was built by Sir David Graaf and used by his family as a seaside home until his death in 1931.
Milnerton’s beach is well known for its spectacular views of Table Mountain as well as superb cleanliness. The local council staff makes certain that daily patrols on the beach take place and there are waste bins within close proximity so that the beach and surroundings are relatively clean.
The Milnerton Lighthouse is a 21 m high cylindrical tower painted white. It boasts a revolving electric optic which produces over 800 000 candela. It was completed in March 1960 and therefore boasts a long history. Interestingly, this gorgeous coastline from Green Point to Milnerton has wrecked over 150 ships! That’s more ships than any other coastline in South Africa.
For more info about Milnerton see our articles on the SA Travel News Blog:
• Milnerton in Cape Town