Life in the City Bowl

One of Cape Town’sForeshore and Hottentots Holland Mountains from large and spacious homes.

Oranjezicht is perched above Kloof Street and from afar the homes seem low on the side of Table Mountain, but in fact it’s quite a climb to reach some of the gorgeous restored homes in this pretty suburb which is very popular with the arty and trendy types living in Cape Town. The suburb is within walking distance to Kloof Street which has vibey restaurants, coffee shops and delis. Staying in Oranjezicht also means only a 5 minute trip to the city centre and to heart of bohemian Long Street which will keep you entertained with galleries, museums, old historic buildings and plenty of bistros and café’s.

On the other side of Table Mountain is where the locals go to sunbathe, swim, surf and enjoy the Atlantic Ocean. The beaches most popular from here are Camps Bay and Clifton Beach.

Oranjezicht is a perfect location for visitors wanting to explore Cape Town. The picturesque suburb offers panoramic views with a tranquil atmosphere despite being close to all main attractions, beaches, restaurants and the Cape Town nightlife. The popular wine routes of Durbanville, Stellenboschand Franschoek are all only 30 mintues to an hour away.

Accommodation in Oranjezicht includes superb Guest Houses, self-catering and luxury B&B’s.

Places to Visit

Things to do and see

Climate

The area receives most of its rainfall during June and July, the Cape’s winter months.

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 16˚C.

Transport

There are daily domestic and international flights into Cape Town International Airport. Car rental companies are located at the Airport.

Festivals

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.

March – Cape Town Carnival: A free street party and parade with feathers floats celebrating diversity, culture and creativity.

April – Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town: Novice and seasonal athletes have the opportunity to race on a world class course. Standard and Sprint distance triathlons.

September – Cape Town Marathon: A marathon known for its flat terrain, unique city route and scenic views.

History

Oranjezicht, meaning “orange view”, developed on the site of the old Oranjezicht Farm which used to provide fresh produce to the Castle of Good Hope.

It was Nicolaus Laubscher who bought the property in 1708 and named it Oranjezicht because of the good view of the Oranje (Orange) bastion of the Castle. It has also been said that perhaps the name was also due to the sight of the abundant orange trees growing in Table Valley.

Oranjezicht was a farm for two centuries and some of the old buildings as well as the slave bell are still at the location where the farm once stood.