A favourite with locals, Melkbosstrand is the quintessential seaside village and a popular water sports location.
‘Melkbosstrand’ literally translates to ‘milk bush beach’ and refers to the Euphorbiaceae bushes which grow on sand dunes in the area and which give off a milky latex-like substance. A favourite with locals, Melkbos is the quintessential seaside village, but with all the amenities one could wish for, including several inviting beachfront restaurants, modern supermarkets and ATMs. Melkbosstrand is a Blue Flag Beach. Blue Flag is a world-renowned eco-certification for beaches and marinas. When you see a Blue Flag flying, you know a beach or marina is clean and accessible; has great water quality; meets high safety standards; and is working hard to protect local shorelines and ecosystems.
The long Main Beach is backed by green lawns that are perfect for sand-free picnics, and there are several cafés and restaurants dotted along Beach Road. A popular water sports beach, conditions are superb for wind and kite surfing and surf skiers and the calm waters also make Melkbosstrand ideal for sea kayakers to enjoy long paddles along the coast. However, there is enough of a wave to also keep the surfers happy at two spots known as Beach Road and Captains.
For boating enthusiasts there is a safe slipway on the northern edge of Melkbos Point for leisure craft. It is also home to the National Sea Rescue Institute’s Station 18.
A rocky outcrop called Slabbert se Klippe – a popular fishing spot – demarcates Main Beach from Kapteinsbaai to the north, which gives way to Van Riebeeckstrand. This means that it is possible to walk along the beach all the way from the rocky point known as Melkbos Point in the south, to the border of the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station – a distance of some 4 km.
Melkbosstrand also has the distinction of being the landing point for South Africa’s undersea communications cables and the SA-Far East (SAFE) cable runs from Melkbosstrand to Mauritius, India and Malaysia, while another cable runs to the United Kingdom, with branches to more than 10 African west coast countries.
Also a place of historical importance, Melkbosstrand is where the invading British troops landed in 1806 and, soon after, in the Battle of Blaauwberg they took the Cape from the Batavian Republic.
Find at Melkbosstrand one of South Africa’s premier golf courses, The Atlantic Beach Golf Course, which features 18 holes covering a distance of 6229 metres which puts it on a par with courses in Scotland. The Clubhouse boasts panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, Table Mountain and its golf fairways. Find The Lodge at Atlantic Beach a short walking distance from the Clubhouse, where most rooms overlook the 10th fairway.
Distance from Cape Town: 33.2km
Where: Just north of Blaauwberg on the R27 or Otto du Plessis Drive
Coordinates: 33.7333° S, 18.4333° E
Where to stay
The Lodge at Atlantic Beach is located next to the R27 West Coast Road and offers 3 types of luxury 4-star accommodation: Double, Twin and a Self-catering apartment.
Facilities available at The Lodge at Atlantic Beach
• Accommodation • Child Friendly • Wheelchair Accessibility (Some Rooms, Bedrooms & Bathrooms) • 4 Star Tourism Grading • Member: Cape Town Tourism • AA Grading • Trip Advisor • Bar • Restaurant (B&B on site with Golf Clubhouse offering Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) • Championships Links Type Golf Course, Golf Academy & Driving Range and Shop • Tennis • Pool • Wellness Spa • Fitness Centre • Conference Facilities • Wedding and Function Venue • Un-Guided Nature Walks • Online Booking Facilities.