Melkbosstrand is a beautiful 7km stretch of beach in the coastal village of Melkbos, on the outskirts of Cape Town’s Northern Suburbs. The beach is perfect for long, lazy walks and safe swimming, and the views of Robben Island and Table Mountain are phenomenal.
Named after the species of Milkwood bushes that grow on the sandy dunes and give off a milky substance, it is commonly referred to simply as Melkbos. As it has excellent braai facilities, it’s no wonder why so many people use the beach as a sunset braai spot on weekends.
The water is freezing cold, but the prevailing winds and beach break makes the area popular for wetsuited surfers, windsurfers, skin-divers, and kite surfers. There is also a safe slipway for boats. Other facilities include storage for rescue boats and equipment, ample parking, and a grassy area for picnics. A variety of restaurants and shops are located in the town.