the cape west coast - atlantis

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(alfabetical list)

atlantis
blaaubergstrand
darling
hopefield
langebaan
mamre
melkbosstrand
milnerton
paternoster
saldanha
st helenabaai
velddrif
vredenburg
west coast np
yzerfontein
HOW TO GET THERE
(GPS: 33 34S 18 29E)
Clearly signposted, just off the R27, about 40km north of Cape Town.

TOURISM OFFICE
Cape Town Tourism - Blaauberg office
·  Tel: 021 521 1080
·  e-Mail

PLACES OF INTEREST
◊  Witsand Dunes. [Permits available from Atlantis municipal offices]

WHAT TO DO AND SEE
•  Quad Biking on the Witsand Dunes
•  Sand boarding on the Witsand Dunes
•  Nearby Paintball farm
•  Angling at nearby Silverstroomstrand
•  Monthly market at Camphill Village, a Community Farm
ORIGINS OF THE NAME
Derived from the legendary city which disapeared beneath the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

POPULATION
30,000

HISTORY
Atlantis was built between 1976 and 1986 to accommodate part of the anticipated overflow of the "coloured" population of Cape Town, in accordance with the provisions of the Group Areas Act which, at that time, enforced the residential separations of South Africans according to race.

The township and adjoining industrial area were intended to provide living and employment opportunities for the "coloured" population who moved there from overcrowded areas in the Western Cape in search of employment and housing. In reality the area has remained underdeveloped and unemployment is rife. Atlantis remains as a living example of the apartheid era policies of separate development.
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