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. Blue Downs

Blue Downs is part of the Oosterberg sub-region of Cape Town and is located in the Cape Flats. It is one of the outlying areas of Cape Town that has been targeted by the Western Cape provincial government for development. Planned developments include improved public transportation for the area and the building of additional schools.

3. 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…

4. 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…

5. Klapmuts

You have arrived at Klapmuts

Klapmuts is a small village town in the heart of the Cape Winelands Region. It can be found just off the R45 between Paarl and Kraaifontein, perfectly situated for visits to other areas such as Stellenbosch or Franschhoek and only 45 minutes Cape Town. Klapmuts is not a well-known town amongst tourists which ensures that the atmosphere in this beautiful village remains calm, peaceful and just right for a quiet getaway. There is plenty to do and the town is popular mostly because of the many wine farms that surround it. Nature lovers have various hiking trails, nature reserves and outdoor activities to experience as well as a few wonderful golf courses to indulge in, all within 10 km's…

6. 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…

7. Somerset West

Views over Strand and Gordons Bay from Silverboom Kloof Road in Somerset West

Somerset West is perfectly situated on the slopes of the Helderberg in the Hottentots Holland area and only a 30 minute drive from Cape Town along the N2. The town of Somerset West is a popular residential area for people working in Cape Town as it continues to maintain a village atmosphere while thriving as the commercial and residential capital of the Helderberg Basin. The town is only 20 km’s from Stellenbosch and is only a 35 minute drive to Paarl, Franschoek and Wellington therefore providing a central base for tourists visiting the Winelands Region. Somerset West is itself home to the very popular Vergelegen Wine Farm, with its elegant 18th Century Cape Dutch Style Farmhouse,…

8. Stellenbosch

Reflections by Anton Smit

Town of Oaks Stellenbosch is a vibrant university town on the country's oldest wine route. Situated approximately an hour from Cape Town, lying in the Jonkershoek River Valley, it is one of South Africa’s most picturesque towns. This second oldest town in South Africa after Cape Town, is fondly referred to as the “Town of Oaks” and is well-known for its oak-lined streets and whitewashed buildings. It is home to an eclectic mix of street cafes, pubs, old churches, galleries and museums. The surrounding mountains and vineyards provide endless outdoor adventures. Most of the buildings are examples of Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture. Dorp Street is now a national…

9. Strand

The Strand is a popular resort town situated at the foot of the Hottentots Holland Mountains, only 40 minutes from Cape Town. The town forms part of the picturesque Helderberg Basin along with Somerset West and Gordon’s Bay. Strand, meaning “Beach” in Afrikaans, is the ideal family venue with plenty of fun and safe outdoor attractions and activities for young and old. As its name indicates though, the Strand’s main attraction is the beach. The white sandy beach stretches for 5 km and has the reputation of being the safest swimming beach in the country. The beach is pet friendly, just remember to bring your pooches on their leash and stick to the designated areas. Life guards are…