Silwerstroom Beach is a 1 km sandy shore, situated approximately 13 km north of Melkbosstrand, and about 10 km west of Atlantis. There is parking available for 100 vehicles.
Silwerstroomstrand is a coastal resort on the West Coast, used mainly by residents of nearby Atlantis and Mamre. The resort lies at the southern edge of an immense bay bordered by Bokpunt in the north, and Springfontein se Punt in the south. Within this bay, a smaller rocky point called Wintersteen provides added protection from the swell for safe swimming in the sea, and there is also a tidal pool for those wanting a warmer dip without the waves. There are picnic sites and braai areas for day visitors, while holidaymakers can stay at the bungalows or caravan park. A slipway is available for boat launching, and the shore angling is good too, particularly for hottentot fish during January and February.
Silwerstroomstrand is ideal for long walks on the beach, which extends as an unbroken stretch of sand for 3 km. The northern half of the beach is backed by a vast dune field, oriented diagonally to the shore as it reflects the direction of sand blown off the beach by the prevailing southerly winds. Part of the dune field is a bare sheet of migrating sand, while the rest is covered with strandveld vegetation, which is particularly attractive when it flowers in spring from August to September. Due to its conservation worthiness, this is the southern limit of a potential core area identified for the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve. The habitat here supports a rich diversity of birds, so it is a popular stop on the West Coast birding route.
Silwerstroomstrand is named after the ‘silver stream’ to the north of the resort. The stream rises from a spring at the edge of the Atlantis dune field, which supplies water to the town from its underground aquifer.
- Swimming (in sea and tidal pool)
- Dog walking
Dogs allowed: No
Lifesavers on duty: Six
Shark spotters on duty: None (low shark risk area)
Off R27, West Coast Road
021 572 0648 / 076 627 6685