The Durbanville hills. Photo courtesy Panorama Paul

Boasting several shopping centres, Durbanville, north of Cape Town, is one of the fastest-growing towns in South Africa with a plethora of restaurants, pubs, guest houses and bed and breakfasts to suit your needs.

With picturesque avenues highlighting the Cape’s colonial history, Durbanville is noted for its historic buildings, rolling wine estates and stunning mountain views.

A beautiful combination of modern efficiency and old-world charm, Durbanville is the ideal place to stay for visitors looking to be close to Cape Town, while luxuriating in the peace offered by the scenic beauty of the town.

Just a few minutes’ drive will take you to an excellent shopping and entertainment centre, the Tygervalley Shopping Centre, while Durbanville is situated within minutes of the main highways into the Cape Town city centre and the Cape Boland towns, making it conveniently central for both business and leisure activities.

The Tygervalley Shopping Centre is a 20-minute drive to either the Cape Town International Airport, the start of the Stellenbosch wine route or the beaches of Blouberg, while Durbanville’s own internationally acclaimed wine route and the Durbanville Wine Valley is less than 3km down the road.

Durbanville remains a sought-after neighbourhood in which to put down roots; many a visitor has returned as a resident.

Places to see in Durbanville include: Rust en Vrede (an historic building); the Durbanville Nature Reserve, Onze Molen (a restored mill); King’s Court (a 1905 residential building); the All Saints’ Church; Dutch Reformed Church and the synagogue.

Cango Caves

29km from Oudtshoorn, at the head of the picturesque Cango Valley, lies the spectacular underground wonder of the Klein Karoo - the Cango Caves. Situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the well-known Swartberg Mountains, you will find the finest dripstone caverns, with their vast halls and towering formations.

Southern Suburbs

The Southern Suburbs are a tourist’s delight. The area, which stretches from the slopes of the Table Mountain range to the False Bay coast, offers natural attractions and a vibrant nightlife.

St James

Just a little further on from Cape Town’s well-known Muizenberg beach is St James. Home to a cluster of well-known and oft-photographed bathing boxes on the beach, St James is a picturesque area that offers beachgoers respite from the westerly wind.

Llandudno and Sandy Bay

Only 18km from the Cape Town city centre, an arc of fine white sand gives away the secluded location of one of Cape Town’s most beautiful beaches, Llandudno.


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