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Information on Bloubergstrand, Western Cape, South Africa

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Bloubergstrand is situated along the shores of Table Bay, 25 km north of Cape Town. Its name in Afrikaans literally means "blue mountain beach" derived from a nearby mountain named Blaauwberg. Bloubergstrand is primarily residential but attracts a large numbers of visitors at the beach which is a popular location for the classic view of Table Mountain across the bay.

The Bloubergstrand area falls within a Marine Nature Reserve. Seafood is popular including the local white mussels. In season Southern Right Whales, occasionally Killer Whales, Cape Fur Seals, Haviside's Dolphin and Humpback Dolphins are commonly seen in the bay.

Bloubergstrand has a long white sand beach on the Atlantic ocean. Black mussels are found on the rocky outcrops. The beach is popular with surfers although the water is cold due to the cold Benguela current.


Bloubergstrand History

A local hero, Harry die Strandloper, was the leader of the Goringhaikonas, who were the first people documented to exist in Bloubergstrand. He was taken to Java in 1629 by the Captain of the ship 'London' to be taught English. Because of his entrusted duties to deliver letters to the British seafaring community, he became the first postmaster in South Africa.

In 1806, the first casualties of the Battle of Blaauwberg drowned when their ship was driven by the large surf into the rocky point at the end of Stadler road, and it capsized. The invading British forces went on to defeat the defending Dutch forces and subsequently occupied the whole of the Cape Colony. This was a first step in the major colonisation that then took place throughout the southern African continent. Now a famous national monument, Ons Huisie has a long and fascinating history in the development of Bloubergstrand, the first residence of Frederick Louis Stadler. Shortly after the Battle of Blouberg in 1806, he became owner of almost all the farm land that is now known as Bloubergstrand.

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