Melkbosstrand is a coastal suburb and beach located 35 km north of Cape Town. The town and its 7 kilometre stretch of white sand beach is situated on the Atlantic coast with the Blouberg mountain to the east. The beach is popular with surfers.
The highly touristic West Coast Region officially begins at Melkbosstrand with the “Cape to Namibia” scenic highway N7 and the West Coast Route R27 starting off there.
World-famous surfing spot Big Bay lies five kilometres away, south of a continuous line of unspoiled beaches which are a popular location for international film shoots.
The village is surrounded by a Nature Conservation Area. Its bay and warm waters are a favorite spot for whale watching. The whales, on their way around the Cape, repair in the sound that separates the village from Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned from 1964 to 1982.
Swimming across the sound is a sporting challenge taken up regularly by local enthusiasts. Divers may attempt to look for a host of shipwrecks dating to the late 15th Century.
Melkbosstrand also boasts the Atlantic Beach Golf Resort, and possibly the oldest “fish and chips” restaurant and raw bar on the Atlantic seaboard North of Cape Town, Café Orca.
Close to the resort, to the North, the keen tourist will find the West Coast National Park together with a major historical manor house, Geelbek. Not very far, in a quiet vale, lies the beautifully preserved De Groene Kloof Mission of Mamre, established in 1808 and still serving the local community of faithful.
A few kilometres to the East are located the artists’ and food enthusiasts’ village of Philadelphia, nearby German-owned Capaia vineyards, the historic West Coast Ostrich Ranch – a favorite with Asian tourists – as well as The Cape Town Polo Club.
The world-famous Spring (September) Wild Flowers area begins in the outlying fields of Melkbosstrand, stretching all the way to Namaqualand.