the cape west coast - melkbosstrand

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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 43S 18 26E)
Off the R27, 40km from Cape Town.

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

PLACES OF INTEREST
◊  Koeberg Nuclear Power Station

WHAT TO DO AND SEE
•  popular family holiday destination
•  long beach walks
•  kite surfing
•  windsurfing
•  fishing
•  Cray fishing
•  skin-diving
•  golf
ORIGINS OF THE NAME
It is believed that the name refers to the "Melkhout" plant (Sideroxylon inermi) that grows in the area.

POPULATION
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HISTORY
Originated as a holiday destination for local farmers.

It was still known as Losperds Bay on January 6, 1806 when British troops under command of Admiral Sir Home Popham and General Sir David Baird landed here. After landing, the troops marched on Cape Town but encountered Dutch resistance at Blaauwberg. The "Battle of Blaauwberg" marked the start of the second British occupation of the Cape.

Read more about the Battle of Blaauwberg, 1806
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