- Kuils River
Gateway to the Wine Routes
The small suburb of Kuils River lies at the foot of the Bottelary Mountains, only a 30 minute drive from Cape Town. Visitors to the “Mother City” have recently discovered this tranquil town as a way to escape the confines of a city, but still be close enough to benefit from her many attractions.
This peaceful town started out as a cattle farming area for the Dutch East India Company, but despite its rural nature it is still considered a suburb of Cape Town. Some original farms and small holdings still operate in the area and visitors can look out for the cow crossings that still exist and bear testimony to the suburbs rural setting.
Other than offering fresh milk to the area, Kuils River is also known as the “gateway to the wine routes”. A day trip from Kuils River offers holiday makers a choice of some 106 cellars that forms part of the Stellenbosch Wine Route, with the popular Zevenwacht Wine Estate lying just above Kuils River over the Bottelary Mountains.
If you not venturing out along the wine route, the quaint town has a few old churches to visit and the peaceful community atmosphere allows for a restful and relaxed day. Shopping Malls, cinemas and even a casino are all close by if visitors feel the need for some retail therapy.
Places to Visit
Things to do and see
- Zevenwacht Wine Estate
- Bottelary Wine Estate
- Durbanville Wine Estate
- Rondevlei Nature Reserve
- Theatre in the Chicken Coop
- Kuils River Golf Course
- Zevenwacht Mall
- Tyger Valley Mall
- Willowbridge Lifestyle Centre
- Grandwest Casino
The area receives approximately 492 mm of rainfall per annum with most of it occurring during their winter season.
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.
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.
September – Cellar2Cellar Trail Run & Wine Tasting (Stellenbosch Wine Route area): Participants literally run from cellar to cellar (in weird and whacky outfits) along this 10 km route, sampling the wines in a full wine tastings and pairing experience – pairings with cheese, nougats and chocolates etc. For the more serious runner there is a 12 or 20 km wine-free route.
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 of 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!
The Dutch East India Company saw the potential in this small suburb back in the 1600’s and it started as a cattle farm before becoming a staging post for travelers on their way to Stellenbosch. It was originally known as De Cuylen and has a rich history steeped in Dutch heritage. It gained status as a village in the 18th Century.
The small suburb gained municipal status in 1950 and today there are still farms and small holdings sharing the area with the more modern industrial buildings of Coca Cola and Nampak.
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