Silwerstroomstrand is located along the Cape West Coast, approximately 13Km North of Melkbosstrand via the Coastline, but only accessible via the West Coast Road (R27) making it a journey of approximately 24Km from Melkbos. It gets it’s name from the Silwerstroom River which lies to the North and originates from the natural springs near the Atlantis Dunes.
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Silwerstroomstrand is a Blue Flag beach with relatively calm waters making it safe and a firm favourite for ocean swimming. An ever so slightly warmer tidal pool is also available if you want to get away from the waves. The tidal pool can get pretty busy with younger children particularly on weekends and school holidays.
Facilities include picnic sites and braai areas, for day visitors, while holidaymakers can stay in the bungalows or caravan park at the nearby Silwerstroomstrand Resort. Fishing is another favourite activity, but does require one to have a fishing permit.
Silwerstroomstrand has a slipway for launching boats, so fishing can be enjoyed both on-shore and off-shore, with Hottentot Fish being the sought after trophy during January and February.
The beach itself is roughly 3Km long with areas of scattered rocks. This is a great place for walking, swimming or letting the kids play in the rock pools. Dog’s on leashes are welcome, but please pick-up after your pooches as Silwerstroomstrand is part of the Cape West Coast Biosphere Nature Reserve (a protected conservation area).
A walk along the beach from North to South will get you to a small and relatively unknown bay know as Skulpbaai, which is pretty isolated an ideal for relaxing or swimming without the ‘crowds’.
- Blue flag beach
- Boat launch and slipway
- Tidal pool
- Disability access
- Picnic and braai areas
- Water Sports
- Picnics and Braai (BBQ)
- Fishing *
- Safe Swimming
- Lifeguards and Lifesaving
* Fishing Permits required
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Silwerstroomstrand is a coastal resort primarily utelised by the local residents of both Mamre & Atlantis. The resort is found at the South side of a large bay near Bokpunt in the north and a place known as Springfontein Se Punt to the south.
A smaller rocky point within the bay, known as Wintersteen, gives additional protection from the west coast swell providing for safe swimming in the ocean. The tidal pool, is also a great draw-card for families with younger children or the elderly not wanting to tackle the waves and cooler ocean waters.
If you are looking a for a day out the lawns and picnic sites and/or braai (BBQ) areas are pretty popular, so get your place early is advised. Holiday makers or residents staying in the bungalows or caravan park can make use of all the facilities at their accommodation or use the above mentioned areas to enjoy a fun filled stay.
For those not interested in Fishing or Swimming, Silwerstroomstrand provides roughly 3Km of unbroken sandy beachfront well suited to long walks or a runaround on the sand. The Northern section of the beachfront is backed by a vast dunefield built up by the ever moving sand carried by the cape winds.
In areas of the dunefield, natural ‘strandveld’ vegetation covers section of dunes and makes up what has been classified as the Cape West Coast Biosphere. The habitat within the Biosphere supports a wide variety of Birds and other small animals and areas with the Biosphere are nature conservation areas and should not be disturbed.
Silwerstroomstrand is named after the stream, called ‘Silver Stream’ which lies to the North of the resort and which originates from a spring at the periphery of the Atlantis dunefield. ‘Silver Stream’ is also the main source of fresh water supplying nearby Atlantis from its underground Aquifer.