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 wine makers. Despite being called a sleepy hollow, Durbanville has more than just the craft market and wine farms to offer. There is also a beautiful nature reserve with picnic spots, pubs, restaurants and several shopping centres, including one of the largest and most modern, the Tyger Valley Centre.
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.
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.
April – SA Cheese Festival: Held in Sandringham in Stellenbosch each year, this festival is a must for wine and food lovers, specifically cheese! Meet the masterful makers of brie and blues, eat your weight in cheese, learn how to make gourmet dishes and be inspired watching or participating in the Cheese Carving Competition. Or you can simply relax at the Carnival Park with tasty snacks and vino for a picnic, plus there is a kiddies corner for the younger visitors.
May – Franschoek 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.
October – Pinotage on Tap Wine Festival: Held at the Diemersfontein Estate the festival ensure free-flowing Vino, excellent food and top notch live entertainment from some of SA’s best bands!
In 1825 the Dutch Reformed Church was built and a small village grew and became known as “Pampoenkraal” (pumpkin fold), named after the meeting place around some fresh water springs for the local farmers. In 1836 the area was renamed D’Urban after the Governor of the Cape between 1834 and 1838, Sir Benjamin D’Urban. This name was once again changed in 1886 to Durbanville so as not to confuse it with Durban in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Wine farming began in Durbanville as early as the 17th Century, when the first farms were allocated and planted with the White Madeira grape, the most popular white grape of the time.
Durbanville became a municipality in 1901 and the first Mayor was John King. The town grew rapidly after the turn of the 18th Century and a local industry developed. The King Brothers Wagon Works was of great importance to the town and their carts and wagons were known nationally.
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