Hotels in and around the Milnerton suburb
Milnerton is a beautiful suburb just north of Cape Town's city bowl that boasts stunning shoreline, as well as a tranquil lagoon. The properties in this area are famous for their exclusive quality and stunning views. This area includes Century City, Cambridge Estate, Lagoon Beach, Milnerton Ridge, Sanddrift and Tygerhof, amongst others.
The lagoon is surrounded by tropical palm trees and is popular for its paddling and canoeing prospects, as well as its prolific birdlife. Milnerton Beach is the spot from which many famous photographs of Table Mountain have been taken. It provides a vista of this famous landmark flanked by Lion's Head (and Signal Hill) and Devil's Peak. This beach is perfect for walking on as it is extensive and sandy, as opposed to rocky. The water is chilly (as with most of the Western Cape). However, this does not stop water-sport enthusiasts from frequenting these waves with jet skis, snorkels or SCUBA tanks.
Although the Cape originally belonged to the local African tribes, Europeans soon discovered its arable land and convenient locale. By the early 1800's, the French had primary control, but this was soon challenged by the English, who wanted the sea route for their import / export industry. The first ship despatched by the British arrived in what is now known as Bloubergstrand in December 1805 and attacked the French immediately on arrival. The British eventually won the war on space, but not before thousands of lives were lost on both sides. The English maintained this political state until 1910.
Milnerton is only 11 km from Cape Town's city centre. Therefore, it is easily accessed by major roads that are well indicated, both from the city bowl and from areas like Muizenberg, Stellenbosch and Durbanville. From the city bowl, a cab or taxi is required to reach Milnerton if visitors do not have their own transport. This drive takes approximately 15 minutes, depending on traffic. It is not wise to use the minibus taxis in South Africa, particularly if one is not familiar and comfortable with the local languages and customs.
Cape Town International Airport is undergoing massive renovations in preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. As such, it is equipped to deal with an even larger number of flights from all over the world, making access easier and less costly. Alternatively, visitors that are coming from other areas in South Africa will enjoy the scenic routes and safe roads into Cape Town.
Milnerton's lagoon and beach are ideal for water-lovers. Canoeing, swimming, jet skiing, SCUBA diving, snorkelling, wake-boarding etc... are just some of the ways that locals and visitors are encouraged to while away the hours under the high South African skies. Milnerton's golf course is another popular attraction, frequented by the local residents and recognised for its prime playing conditions.
The Rietvlei Nature Reserve is an interior wetland. This environmental jewel is home to over 112 species of birds, many of which are rare or even endangered. Nature enthusiasts will also delight in the sights of spring, as Southern Right Whales and Humpback Whales frolic off the coastline, showing off and playing with their calves.
Ratanga Junction is situated next to Canal Walk in Century City, one of the Southern Hemisphere's largest and most impressive shopping centres. This theme park is bursting with heart-stopping rides, several roller-coasters, and many fun activities for the children. Boat- and train trips are conducted through the park. It is also equipped with a number of eateries, curio shops and function venues.
The Mother City, Cape Town, offers its own unique variety of things to do and see. The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is fantastic for shopping, and is the site of the Two Oceans Aquarium, arts and crafts stalls, exclusive hotels, and restaurants that specialise in food from all over the world. It is also from here that ferries to Robben Island launch, transporting passengers to visit the place of former-President Nelson Mandela's incarceration. The Western Cape is renowned for its world-class wines. The wine farms that are nestled within the mountainous areas of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl are particularly beautiful. In addition, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and the gorgeous Clifton Beaches are sure to keep the entire family occupied.
Summers in Cape Town are between December and March and winters from June to August. Winters are cool and wet, ranging from about 13 to 18 degrees Celsius during the course of an average day. Summer is hot, with temperatures soaring to over 30 degrees Celsius at noon. Summer evenings drop to a pleasant 19 or 20 degrees. Spring and autumn are the best seasons in which to visit Milnerton as they experience comfortably warm days with cool evenings. The seawater in the Western Cape is chilly, and wetsuits may be required. Milnerton is susceptible to the chill factor as the air blows directly off the water, a welcome relief on hot summer's days.
Sunscreen is a necessity in South Africa. In addition to high-factor creams or sprays, visitors are also urged to wear clothing that covers the face (e.g. sunhats), neck, arms and legs. Do not expose yourself to the sun between the hours of 10h00 and 14h00, as it is at its harshest then.
HIV/AIDS remain to be problematic in South Africa. Take the necessary precautions to avoid contracting this virus by using condoms and not handling bleeding victims (in case of a car accident, for example) without rubber gloves.
Visitors are reminded to bring their prescriptions for spectacles and medication so that they can restock at a local pharmacy without having to consult with a doctor. It is wise to ensure that tetanus shots are up-to-date as some areas are fraught with litter, including broken glass, cans and metal.
As with any other destination, there are areas within the towns and suburbs that are not safe. Consult with your tour operator and/or hotel so that you may be aware of which places to avoid. When walking around the city bowl or using public transport (including tour busses), be aware of your personal belongings. Do not leave anything unattended, and do not accept help from strangers if it requires handing over your bank cards, photographic equipment, etc…Do not, under any circumstances, pick up hitchhikers.