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1. Bellville

The expanding town of Bellville grew up around a village called 'Twelve Mile Stone' which was the exact distance from the centre of Cape Town. In 1861 in the days of horse and ox-drawn wagons 'Twelve Mile Stone' was renamed Bellville, after the surveyor general of the Cape Colony, Charles Davidson Bell. In 1979 Bellville acquired full city status and in May 1996 it was incorporated into the Tygerberg municipal area. In early colonial days a signal cannon was fired from Tygerberg when a ship entered Table Bay. Distant farmers who could hear the signal would also fire their cannons so that those far away could hear the message. Farmers then rushed to Cape Town with their fresh produce. Bellville is built on the slopes of the 415 m Tygerberg, so named because of the pattern of the soil…

2. Brackenfell

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. Bordering Brackenfell are the…

3. Durbanville

One of Cape Town’s upmarket residential suburbs, Durbanville has become a sought after area both to visitors and locals wanting to lay down their roots. This fast growing town is situated within minutes from the main highways into Cape Town’s city centre. Durbanville is home to one of the Cape’s most guarded secrets, the Durbanville Wine Route. A number of the farms, from as far back as the 17th Century, still form part of the Durbanville Route, many award winning wines ranging from red and white wines to cellar blends. Talent abounds in this sleepy hollow and the local craft market is the place to find all their creative work from photographers, potters, artists and well brewed coffee! The suburb is also home to cheesemakers, quilters, prize gardener’s and of course…

4. Kraaifontein

Kraaifontein is one of Cape Town’s northern suburbs, about 25 minutes outside of the city centre, and flanks the N1 toward Paarl and Worcester. For years Kraaifontein was regarded as the “ugly sister” to its neighbours Brackenfell and Durbanville, but this perception has changed dramatically in the last few years. Its easy access to the N1 and to a multitude of attractions in Stellenbosch, Paarl and the city centre has made Kraaifontein a wonderful base from which to explore the city and the winelands! Kraaifontein boasts the biggest playground in the Western Cape, Bugz Playground, open for kiddies’ fun rain or shine and for older persons outdoor fun, Cool Running Tobogganing isn’t far away either. Enjoy shopping, wine tasting and theatre all on the doorstep of this beautiful…

5. 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…