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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.
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With over 400 speciality stores to tempt you, including fashion, homeware, gifts, jewellery, shoes, leather ware, music, arts and more, Canal Walk offers a comprehensive shopping experience in Cape Town all under one roof. Canal Walk is also home to a mix of more than 30 restaurants, cafés and ... 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
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A regular host to PGA events including the South African Open, the course boasts picture postcard views of Table Mountain across the bay from almost every hole. Milnerton Golf Course is an 18-hole, par 72 seaside course situated in a leafy suburb just 10 minutes north of the city of Cape Town ... 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
The Paddocks is superbly characterised by its high shop fronts and arched colonnades to allow for fantastic views of Table Bay, Table Mountain, The Harbour and Robben Island. Anchor tenants include a Super Spar, Standard Bank and Woolworths and The Paddocks boasts many leading retailers ... more information
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