Blouberg

Big Bay, Blouberg is where most Robben Island swims finish, but it’s also the spot other notable swims along the coastline start or finish.

These include the popular Lighthouse swim of 10.5km from Milnerton Lighthouse to Big Bay, Blouberg and the Blouberg to Melkbosstrand swim of 10km. These swims can traditionally be very cold.

History

Lighthouse Swim
In 2012, Derrick Frazer of Big Bay Events pioneered the first official Lighthouse swim as an official swim race which was one of the big group swimming race events recognised by the CLDSA. This is an extreme swim of 10.5km starting at the Milnerton Lighthouse and heading north to Big Bay. The swim follows the prevailing current  but the cold Atlantic waters makes this a swim for experienced swimmers. This swim has also been swum more as a solo swim in recent years.

Blouberg- Melkbos Swim
The Blouberg – Melkbos swim was first swum in 2011 by Martin Vlegger, since then only two other swimmers have swum this route, the fastest being Colin Glutch in 2016 with a time of 02:53:00.

Route Variations

Blouberg – Melkbos

  • 10km

Swum as one way swim from Big Bay, Blouberg to Melkbosstrand along the coast.

Milnerton Lighthouse – Big Bay, Blouberg

  • 10.2km

This swim is usually current-assisted but often very cold and therefore makes it a swim for more experienced swimmers.

Location Statistics

Avg. Water Temp

13 °C

First Lighthouse Swim

2012 Big Bay Events Race

Fastest Lighthouse Swim

2017 Zac Ellis 02:20:00

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