Map of the Area
- Melkbosch Guest House
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 kilometers outside of the city centre.
Melkbosstrand is a favourite with locals and offers hours of beach strolling, 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 kite surfing, 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 kilometers 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 number of wonderful day trips through valleys hung with vines, blue skies for most of the year and mountains looming in the background.
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