Cape Town West

Just a few kilometres out of Cape Town’s city centre on the N1 highway, swing left to find the western suburbs along the coast heading northwards.

From Milnerton all the way to Melkbosstrand, each suburb blends into the next with long stretches of sandy beaches and the picture postcard views of Table Mountain. Blissful sundowner spots are found all the way along this coastline with locals and tourists alike flocking to watch that incredible red sunset glow across the mountain and ocean.

  • Beachfront sunsets are an absolute must for the quintessential view of Table Mountain and breathtaking photographic opportunities
  • With such a long stretch of sand, even when the main beaches are crowded, it's possible to find space for peaceful repose
  • Bird lovers will find prime watching spots with over a hundred species at both Rietvlei Wetland Reserve and Intaka Island

Canal Walk Shopping Centre is found in the greater Milnerton area and not only has a multitude of excellent shops, but also restaurants, cinemas, and plenty of entertainment. Intaka Island wetland and bird sanctuary is open for eco-walks and boat rides, and is a firm favourite with wildlife photographers.

Blouberg beach is one of the top attractions in Cape Town and the best place from which to photograph Table Mountain across the white sands. Walk from here all the way down to Milnerton lagoon past Sunset Beach, or in the other direction along Big Bay, Small Bay, and Derdesteen beaches to Melkbosstrand.

Melkbosstrand is not only popular for its beach and array of excellent restaurants, but also for the Koeberg Nature Reserve. One doesn't normally expect to find kudu, eland, and zebra within the grounds of a nuclear power plant but this is a site for a wide range of fauna and flora. The reserve can be explored on bicycle or visitors can hike one of two trails.

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