Cape Metropole, Melkbosstrand

Cape Metropole, Melkbosstrand

Melkbosstrand (Milkwood Beach) lies to the north of Bloubergstrand and was named after the many milkwood trees that grow north of the town.

Adventure And Sport

Beaches: The sandy beaches are ideally suited for swimming, skin-diving and fishing. The area also offers breathtaking views and has several picnic areas.

Fishing for rock lobsters: Rock lobsters can be caught on the northern side of the village during the season, although the lobsters on the south side are protected. Permits can be obtained from the Magistrate’s Office or from offices of the Receiver of Revenue.

Hiking: The Gryskop and Dikkop Hiking Trails lie in the Koeberg Nature Reserve. The Gryskop Trail has two sections, a 2,5-km route through lovely fynbos and a 1,9-km walk down to the beach. Dikkop has a 13-km trail that includes a walk on the beach, as well as an 8-km trail.

Wind-surfing: Van Riebeeck Beach is popular among wind-surfers, and the Kleine Zoute River Mouth also offers excellent wind-surfing conditions.

Fauna And Flora

Koeberg Nature Reserve: The reserve lies just north of the Koeberg Power Station and was established to protect the diverse fauna and flora of the region. The Visitors’ Centre next to the reserve offers an unforgettable ecotourism experience and teaches visitors about the importance of nature conservation. Group visits should be arranged beforehand. The nature reserve boasts two magnificent hiking trails, each named after different species of antelope. The five-hour Dikkop Hiking Trail follows a circular path that starts in the Strandveld and traverses wide sandy beaches and a dune-veld area. The two-hour Grysbok Trail starts at the Information Centre, crosses a stretch of beach and passes a salt marsh that has an abundant bird population in winter. For more information contact the Information Centre.

Other Attractions

Koeberg Nuclear Power Station: Koeberg is the only nuclear power station in Africa and offers informative guided tours and also has souvenirs for sale at the souvenir shop. The station lies 5 km past the Melkbosstrand turn-off from Road R27. This site, 30 km from Cape Town, was chosen on account of its firm rock-bed and access to sea-water.

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