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The name Blouberg derives from the fact that the Tafelberg is often seen in blue haze colours. In the evening you should sit down in one of the restaurants and enjoy the view of the illuminated mountain. Of course, the view is also an experience, especially when the waves break at the rocks in front of the beach and a play of colours from “blue” table mountain, green water, white spray and brown rock not only charms holidaymakers, but also love couples and film teams attracts.
The walk along this kilometer-long beach becomes an experience through the classic view of the Tafelberg (access via R 27 northwards via Milnerton). Here the Tafelberg appears in a bluish light, which gave the Bloubergstrand the name. At the Bloubergstrand, national and international windsurfing competitions are held.
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Holiday Accommodation in Melkbosstrand is only about 15 kilometers from Cape Town and is easily accessible by car from Sea Point. Right on the beach there is a car park and numerous good restaurants with excellent sea food. Immediately in front of the beach is the former Robben Island prison, where Nelson Mandela and about 1000 other prisoners were imprisoned for years.
Melkbosstrand is right next to Tableview, where there are many small shops and numerous, excellent restaurants and pubs. Only a few minutes away is the new “Bayside” shopping center with various leisure and shopping facilities (Kinocenter etc.). Cape Town is only 15 minutes by car from Melkbosstrand. From Melkbosstrand you can see Cape Town and the Table Mountain from one of the most frequently photographed sites – the foaming blue-green sea in the foreground.
A further visit is the wide sandy beaches and the dunes behind, which are very popular with water sportsmen and walkers. Unfortunately the water is too cold for bathing. Particularly at the weekend, the sheltered Bay of Melkbosstrand is an Eldorado for surfers and kite surfers. Even sun worshippers can get their money’s worth here, but beware of the sun.
In good weather the Melkbosstrand beach is definitely worth a trip. In the summer months the Tafelberg is illuminated at night, which is also a beautiful motif. Milnerton is the oldest of the suburbs on the northern bay. It is a pure residence with a beautiful, old part with pretty houses and a lot of green. The famous Milnerton Golf Course, which is just behind the dunes, is famous for its lagoon with numerous waterbirds.
The next place, Table View, is also within walking distance of the beach. Table View is a popular place for young families. The view of the mountain is breathtaking. On the beach you can often see kite surfers hanging from the wind by the wind
Bloubergstrand is a few kilometers further north. Despite the greater distance from Cape Town, the view is the most beautiful. Often, the mountain is surrounded by a blue haze, hence the name ‘Blouberg’. Particularly wide is the beach in the neighboring Melkbosstrand. There is a new golf estate in the middle of magnificent Fynbos as well as one of the few campsites in Cape Town.
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.
For many reasons, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, which has grown a lot over the last few years, is still one of the most popular shopping complex in the city. Its unique position and harbour atmosphere, the well kept historical buildings, the great number of excellent restaurants, the many cinemas as well as artistic presentations create an ambience which considerably enhance the shopping experience.
Century City Complex
A visit to Canal Walk is recommended for all shoppers, this the most impressive shopping Mecca of Cape Town situated at Century City complex. The shopping centre houses more than 400 shops plus restaurants, fast food outlets and cinemas. Outside a system of canals have been built that is nostalgic of Venice. Century City complex also houses Ratanga Junction Amusement Centre a must for all children both young and adult!!
STREET MARKET SHOPPING
Before buying African curios in a shopping centre, one should compare prices. The open markets often offer much better prices. Good addresses for purchasing curios are the Red Shed Market at the Waterfront, the multi-storied Pan African Market in Long Street, Greenmarket Square between Short and Longmarket Street and the Sunday market in Hout Bay.
VISIT ROBBEN ISLAND
A visit to Robben Island is a must, now a Hertiage Site which houses over 74 species of birdlife.
People lived on Robben Island many thousands of years ago, when the sea channel between the Island and the Cape mainland was not covered with water. Since the Dutch settled at the Cape in the mid-1600s, Robben Island has been used primarily as a prison.
Indigenous African leaders, Muslim leaders from the East Indies, Dutch and British soldiers and civilians, women, and anti-apartheid activists, including South Africa’s first democratic President, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and the founding leader of the Pan Africanist Congress, Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, were all imprisoned on the Island.
Robben Island has not only been used as a prison. It was a training and defence station in World War II (1939-1945) and a hospital for people with leprosy, and the mentally and chronically ill (1846-1931). In the 1840s, Robben Island was chosen for a hospital because it was regarded as both secure (isolating dangerous cases) and healthy (providing a good environment for cure). During this time, political and common-law prisoners were still kept on the Island. As there was no cure and little effective treatment available for leprosy, mental illness and other chronic illnesses in the 1800s, Robben Island was a kind of prison for the hospital patients too.
Since 1997 it has been a museum and a heritage site. The museum is a dynamic institution, which acts as a focal point of South African heritage. It runs educational programmes for schools, youths and adults, facilitates tourism development, conducts ongoing research related to the Island and fulfils an archiving function.