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Information & accommodation options on the Cape West Coast & Atlantic Seaboard North

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Bed & Breakfasts:

Bloubergstrand - Langebaan - Milnerton
Guest Houses:

Bloubergstrand  - Langebaan

Langebaan - Milnerton
Self-Catering Apartments:

Bloubergstrand - Milnerton
Western Cape Travel Guide
Self-Catering Villas and Cottages:

Bloubergstrand - Milnerton
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Darling Accommodation - Doringbaai Accommodation - Elands Bay Accommodation
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Cape West Coast:

Bloubergstrand is a suburb of Cape Town located on the shores of Table Bay, about 25km to the north of the city centre. Its name in Afrikaans means "blue mountain beach" after Blouberg, a hill not far inland from the coast. It is mainly residential and attracts large numbers of visitors, both from the city, from other parts of South Africa and from overseas. Bloubergstrand is known for its white sandy beaches and the location from which the classic view of Table Mountain is seen.

The decisive Battle of Blaauwberg took place near here in 1806. The British defeated the defending Dutch forces and occupied the Cape Colony.

The main beach in Bloubergstrand is called Big Bay, and is current under threat of development of a hovercraft terminal. An active campaign to object to the development is running at


Langebaan is an idyllic little seaside town on the South African West Coast, just about an hour's drive from Cape Town.  It is located at the edge of the Langebaan lagoon.  The lagoon is part of a protected area, the West Coast National Park, and is also popular for all kinds of water sport.  The area is popular with nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. 

During the flower season the landscape is transformed into a giant wildflower garden.  Langebaan is a very popular holiday resort and offers a wide variety of activities and attractions within the immediate area.


Wave Crashing on Rocks with Table Mountain in Distance, Cape Town, South AfricaMilnerton is a suburb of Cape Town in South Africa situated on the Atlantic Ocean 11 kilometres to the north of Cape Town city's centre.  The Milnerton area of Cape Town includes Cambridge Estate, Century City, Du Noon, Joe Slovo Park, Lagoon Beach, Milnerton Ridge, Royal Ascot, Sanddrift, Tygerhof and Woodbridge Island.

One of the most identifiable features of Milnerton is its lagoon, formed where the Diep River enters the sea, with palm trees adorning the lagoon banks. The lagoon is used by canoeists from the Milnerton Canoe Club, and has extensive bird life.

One of the most identifiable features of Milnerton is its lagoon, formed where the Diep River enters the sea, with palm trees adorning the lagoon banks. The lagoon is used by canoeists from the Milnerton Canoe Club, and has extensive bird life.

Woodbridge Island - Two bridges join Woodbridge Island to the mainland of Milnerton proper. The wooden bridge (after which the island is named) is now a national heritage site and, although was once used for general traffic, is now restricted to pedestrian use. A local school has changed its name from Zonnekos Primary to Woodbridge Primary in honour of the landmark. A newer bridge allows cars to cross to the island. The Milnerton lighthouse is also a popular landmark found on the island.

Milnerton beach - Milnerton's beach is well known for its views of Table Mountain and is a popular spot for walkers and surfers. The wave size varies from small to large and tends to barrel, with the best waves occurring when there is a south-easter blowing. The water is generally cold, the result of the [Benguela current] that flows along Africa's western shore. The beach is a favourite for watersports - including the very popular weekly Wednesday night downwind surf ski races from Milnerton to Blouberg beach.


The beautiful Koeberg Nature Reserve, Cape Town   by Tracey Obery

The Koeberg Nature Reserve surrounds the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station, and is situated about 30 km from Cape Town. It can be reached by taking the West Coast Road (R27) past the beach-side suburbs of Milnerton, Bloubergstrand and Melkbosstrand.


The Reserve measures roughly 3,000 hectares of Eskom property, and was proclaimed as a nature reserve in 1991. It was established to protect and conserve the local flora and fauna, and it also acts as an educational center for young and old.

Within the reserve you can find a number of unique coastal land forms, wetlands and different vegetation communities protected within this area. Therefore the reserve plays a pivotal role in the conservation of the area, especially since the development of industries and residential properties along the West Coast.


The reserve offers two diverse, well marked hiking trails and a mountain bike trail.

1.The Dikkop Trail (9.5km; 19,3km, or a 22.3 km trail)

The Dikkop Trail has been designed to lead the hiker through a widely varying terrain, and it is the perfect opportunity to experience the many moods of the West Coast. The trail starts at the visitor center, and follows a circular route through the nature reserve.

The Mountain Biking trail follows a similar route to the Dikkop Trail, with plenty of gradients to make it enjoyable for the seasoned cyclist and the novice, young or old.

1.Grysbok Trail (2,5km or 5,7km trails)

The Grysbok trail again starts at the visitors center covered parking and follows a circular route through the reserve. There are two alternatives for this trail, the first is a 5,7 km hike, which follows a circular walk , which includes a stroll along a "private" stretch of beach and offers beautiful, unobstructed views of Table Mountain. There is an abundance of plant life and fynbos to be seen and animal life, especially bird-life is abundant. Hikers will also be able to view the ruins of a historical farmhouse, a truly spectacular site in Spring, with a variety of flowers in bloom, all around.

The 2,5 km trail will take you through all of the above areas, except the wetlands, and is a pleasant way to spend a few hours.

Animal Life

The reserve has a variety of buck; Springbok, Bontebok, Eland and Impala's, they also have a small herd of Zebra, all the animals are originally indigenous to the area and have bee reintroduced so that visitors can view them in their natural habitats. The park has a few small predators, such as the African Wildcat, Grey Mongoose and Genet, and if lucky visitors might be able to spot the elusive Caracal, which is the largest predator in the area. Reptiles are also abundant in the park, and if you are patient you can observe first-hand the habits of the Cape Cobra, Mole Snake, Boomslang, Skaapsteker and the Angulated Tortoise.

For the bird-watcher there are over 172 identified bird species on the reserve, which can make for hours of uninterrupted bird watching.

During the whale season, there are viewing platforms which offer you perfect and private views of Southern Right Whales.

The reserve is continually expanding on the breeds of animal at the reserve, and now have Wildebeest on their list of wild life.

Be sure to pop in to the visitors center and ask for a map of their trails before you start to ensure that you make an informed decision.


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