- Western Cape
Melkbosstrand is a small coastal village, just a few minutes north of Cape Town, so close that most consider it a suburb of the city. The town and its 7 km stretch of white sand beach is situated on the Atlantic coast with the stunning Blouberg mountains to the east as a backdrop.
Melkbosstrand is the ideal destination if you want to get away from it all – it is best known for its long white sandy beach, nature walks, spectacular views and excellent seafood restaurants! The beach is a favourite with surfers and one of the most popular beaches for kite surfing.
This is an extremely pretty base from which to explore both Cape Town and the West Coast, particularly as the area is also surrounded by popular wine estates. This coastal village is within close proximity to all the major attractions, Table Mountain, V & A Waterfront and Robben Island, but is also close to neighbouring towns such as Atlantis, Darling and Philadelphia which also offer unique attractions of their own.
Melkbosstrand offers plenty of accommodation from self-catering holiday apartments to Guesthouses, just be sure to book early during peak season as this is and will always be a vacation hotspot!
Things to do and see
- Melkbosstrand 4 x 4 & Quad Biking
- Melkbosstrand Beach
- Koeberg Nature Reserve
- Dikkop Hiking Trail
- Melkbosch Food Fair
- The Farmyard Farm Stall
- Atlantic Beach Golf Course
- Ysterplaat Air Force Museum
- Cape Town Ostrich Farm, Philadelphia
Melkbosstrand receives approximately 584 mm of rain annually with most rainfall occurring during the winter months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 27˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 7˚C and 20˚C with June to August being the peak rainy season.
There are daily domestic and International flights into Cape Town International Airport, approximately 48 Km’s away via the N7. Bus services, taxis and car rental companies are available for easy access around the area.
Melkbosstrand was originally known as Losperd's Bay which, in old Dutch, meant “the Bay of Lost Horses” and was the site of the famous Battle of Blaauwberg (1806) whereby the Cape ceased to be occupied by French-Batavian troops and became a Colony of the British Crown.
By 1924 the town was known as Melkbosch Strand and consisted of the Damhuis (a Cape Dutch Homestead), a few holiday houses, a post office and a small shop. The first big expansion of Melkbos then occurred with the Cape Lands Development Company staking out 600 plots.
Today we known Melkbosstrand directly translates into Milkbush or Milkwood Beach and was named after the species of Euphorbiacae bushes that grow in the dunes.
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