Brackenfell can be found among the northern suburbs of Cape Town. An advantage of staying in this suburb is that you have easy access to both the winelands as well as the attractions in the city of Cape Town, only a 45 minute drive from Brackenfell.
This nature lovers’ suburb is within view of the beautiful mountain scenery of Oostenberg and using the area as a home base for travelers to the Cape winelands makes perfect sense, as it is also close to other popular areas such as Stellenbosch, Paarl, Wellington and Franschhoek.
Brackenfell has a few sporting facilities for outdoor enthusiasts to choose from as well a nature reserve which is the perfect spot for a picnic. It is also close to the very many popular beaches such as Clifton and the Strand.
Places to Visit
Things to do and see
- Bracken Nature Reserve
- Bottelary Wine Estate
- Durbanville Wine Estate
- Bellville Reptile Garden
- Kuils River Golf Course
- Durbanville Golf Course
- Capegate Shopping Centre
- Zevenwacht Mall
- Tyger Valley Mall
- Belville Cool Runnings Toboggan Track
- Ratanga Junction
- Grandwest Casino & Entertainment Centre
The area receives most of its rainfall during June and its’ driest month will be January.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 28˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 6˚C and 17˚C.
There are daily domestic and international flights into Cape Town International Airport. Car rental companies are located at the Airport.
February – Cape Town Gay Pride Festival: The line-up is vast and varied with the Festival and March as the highlights. Don’t forget the beach picnic and sports events or the Ms Cape Town Pride.
May – Franschhoek Literary Festival: Book lovers will thrill at spending time with some well-known Authors at the Franschoek Library. There are readings, discussions, workshops and plenty of music celebrating the art of storytelling and music. Evening celebrations include tributes to Brenda Fassie, PJ Powers, Hugh Masikela and the like.
June – Soup, Sip and Bread Winter Festival: Held annually in the Durbanville Winelands area. Eight Wine estates invite visitors to spend the weekend indulging in hearty broths, chowders, baked artisan breads all paired beautifully with signature wines while soaking up live entertainment. Each venue charges separately, visitors would need to contact their venue of choice for a booking.
December – Festival of Chariots (Sea Point, Cape Town): There will be a parade down Beach Road, with festival goers pulling a colourful chariot bearing figures fo Jagannath, Baladeva and Subhadra. An “East meets West” cultural experience with dancing, singing, face painting, yoga, meditation and sumptuous foods! All activities and entertainment is literally free!
In 1901, George Henry Walton, a Scottish immigrant, bought a portion of the Kruispad Farm from Andries Brink. He named the area in honour of his homeland and in 1903 Walton sold the property to Brackenfell Granite and Brick Company who developed it as a granite quarry. In March 1904 a railway siding was built to service the Company’s transport needs.
The area around Brackenfell used to be a major road crossing in the old days.
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