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Sea, sun and people.
Named after the Milkwood tree, Melkbos (as locals refer to the town) on the west coast of South Africa, is only 30kms from Cape Town yet it still retains the feel of a relaxed, small seaside village.
Melkbosstrand lies in a marine protected area – where catching of West Coast rock lobster is forbidden – and two nature reserves, one privately managed.
The area is of great significance historically, it was behind Melkbosstrand’s Blouberg Hill in 1806 that the first colonists, the Dutch, took up arms against a British naval fleet. The Battle of Blaauwberg left the British victors, and so began South Africa’s second – and final – occupation under British rule. But for a brief period in our history, the country remains a member of the Commonwealth.
The long, white sandy beaches are flat with grassed-off areas above the high-water mark, making Melkbos an ideal family beach outing. Your children are never out of your sight! Take along a picnic basket and enjoy the southerly view of Table Mountain and Robben Island directly on the horizon.
If you are looking for a holiday purely to relax and unwind, we definitely recommend Melkbosstrand.
Top 10 reasons to visit Melkbosstrand
1. A number of tour operators offer sandboarding outings to the nearby Atlantis Dunes. These large dunes are enormously high and the smooth sand a brilliant white in colour, this is any serious photographers dream location! Another activity permitted at the dunes is quad-biking.
2. The nearby mission town of Mamre is worth visiting to see the historic church, water mill and Dutch East India Company soldier barracks. If you’re lucky, you might see young boys expertly riding their horses through the town or hear the unique sound of an accordion being played somewhere.
3. The Koeberg Nuclear Power Plant to the north of Melkbos is surrounded by a vast... Show more