Melkbosstrand beach

Still growing in popularity Melkbosstrand is a small village merely 35 kilometres outside Cape Town.

Melkbosstrand is quite preferred by the locals and offers hours of beach strolling, surfing, beautiful sunsets and the much photographed view over Table Mountain and Robben Island.

'Melkbos' can be translated as 'milk bush' and refers to some bushes that grow on sand dunes in the area witch gives off a milky latex substance. The little village came into existence when the Koeberg nuclear power station was built with the help of the British and the French, about 6 km north of Melkbosstrand and housing was needed for the contractors.

Melkbosstrand is however an ideal and very pretty base from which one can explore both Cape Town and the West Coast. The Durbanville winelands and the Boland Mountains being close by, visitors can opt for full day trips through valleys hung with vines, blue skies for most of the year and towering mountains in the background.

The villages of Darling, Malmesbury and even Riebeek-Kasteel and Riebeek-West are easily accessible from Melksstrand and are well worth the effort.

To sum it all, Melksstrand is a little romantic village with white beaches, great seafood and is also popular for kite-surfing.