Durbanville has changed dramatically since it was established all the way back in the early 1800’s to function as an ‘outspan’ or watering station. Flanking the rolling slopes of Tygerberg Hills, the suburban living of this neighbourhood abuts rural countryside and the wineries of the Durbanville Wine Valley.
Located on the West Coast Way Cape Way Route
Durbanville is situated on the outskirts of the city of Cape Town (a mere 20-25 minute drive), affording an absolutely gorgeous view towards Table Mountain! As you’d imagine the sunsets from here are always pretty special, and most notably from Durbanville Hills Wine Estate or De Grendel.
Originally known as Pampoenkraal, and later D’Urban, the rural region acted as a water hole for travellers to the interior of the province as they set off from Cape Town. Local farmers requested that a church be built in 1825 and after completion in 1826 the village grew around this central feature and the outspan which served as the overnight rest stop for the travellers.
Durbanville’s real charm lies in what’s known as the Durbanville Wine Valley, twelve wineries make up this lovely wine region. These estates are Altydgedacht, Canto, D’Aria Winery, De Grendel, Diemersdal, Durbanville Hills, Groot Phesantekraal, Hillcrest Estate, Klein Roosboom Boutique Winery, Meerendal, Nitida and Signal Gun. Between them they produce exceptional wine with the cool climate influenced by the close proximity to the ocean meaning that Sauvignon Blanc is typically well received.
The wilder space of Tygerberg Nature Reserve lies on the southern slopes where easy hiking trails allow one to stretch legs while looking out at Table Mountain. Take a picnic along to have at the end of a morning walk, and carry a pair of binoculars to make the birdwatching more exciting for any youngsters.
Mountain biking and trail running are both massively popular around Durbanville and regular events take place across the farms. Visit Meerendal Wine Estate which has a well-established network of trails.
The wine farms have restaurants and delis with delicious food offerings, but you can also try places closer to town such as Willowbridge Mall (open air shopping) which has many food outlets and stores.
Staying at D’Aria Guest Cottages makes for a wonderful city getaway. These charming units are furnished stylishly and the balconies look over the estates vineyards. Being on the doorstep of the wine valley and great restaurant choices you won’t have to venture very far if looking for things to do.
Hillcrest Quarry plays host to music concerts, events and The Galileo Open Air Cinema.
Durbanville is located on the West Coast Way Cape Way Route
Open 7 Days a week
Distance from Cape Town: 29.8km