Cape Town North (Northern Suburbs), Cape Town
Once you've booked your hotel or Cape Town North accommodation explore our destination pages below for info on attractions and what to do in the Northern Suburbs.
There is a distinct difference between the northern and southern suburbs of Cape Town, and, as with many a city divided by a river or other landmark, Cape Town has an imaginary line the locals call ‘the boerewors curtain’. The two are separated by the huge conglomerate called ‘Century City’ that serves as a shopping mecca for most of Cape Town, but which the northern suburbs regard as theirs - although it’s actually north of the N1 that serves as the official border.
Ask any resident of Cape Town and the major distinction between the northern and southern suburbs will be language. English-speaking people live in the south and Afrikaans-speaking people live in the north - but this is a sweeping generalisation and doesn’t take into account the obvious exceptions to the rule. Suffice it to say that the newspaper of choice in the northern suburbs is ‘Die Burger’, whilst ‘The Cape Argus’ serves the southern suburbs.
The northern suburbs are officially part of the City of Tygerberg, formed from the union of the municipalities of Bellville, Durbanville, Goodwood and Parow. These suburbs have experienced an enormous property growth in recent years, not least because of their access to Cape Town International Airport, Grand West Casino and a number of wine routes, including the Durbanville Wine Valley.
Destinations / Town & Suburbs of Cape Town North
Where to Stay: Accommodation in Bellville
The residential suburb of Bellville lies a mere 25 kilometres outside of the centre of Cape Town on the N1 towards Stellenbosch, in the Tygerberg hills (in Cape Town you’re never far from some form of topographical undulation) ... bellville information
Where to Stay: Accommodation in Brackenfell
The major advantage to staying in Brackenfell is the ease with which one can choose to escape in to the winelands or explore Cape Town. Lying within 45 minutes of the city has its advantages, particularly if wine is high on ... brackenfell information
Where to Stay: Accommodation in Durbanville
Lying just 20 minutes to the north of the city of Cape Town, Durbanville is one of the oldest municipalities in the Western Cape and originally called Pampoenkraal (pumpkin fold), after a meeting place for local farmers around ... durbanville information
Where to Stay: Accommodation in Edgemead
The residential suburb of Edgemead that lies at the foot of the Tygerberg hills to the north of the centre of Cape Town is regarded as a suburb of Bellville. The leafy village is only 20 km from town and has easy access to the N1, making it a ... edgemead information
Where to Stay: Joostenberg Vlakte Accommodation
The Joostenberg Vlakte lies just outside the perimeters of Cape Town, beyond Durbanville in the green belt that acts as a dividing line or boundary between the Mother City and Paarl. Residents here will tell you to take ... Joostenberg Vlakte information
Where to Stay: Accommodation in Kuils River
The tranquil area of Kuils River that lies at the foot of the gentle slopes of the Bottelary Mountains is just being ‘discovered’ by visitors to Cape Town who want to escape the confines of a city for a more rural experience, yet remain ... kuils river information
Where to Stay: Accommodation in Loevenstein
The established suburb of Loevensteyn, part of the greater Bellville area with views of the Boland hills, lies about 20 kilometres from the city centre of Cape Town. Loevensteyn is situated fairly close to the Tygerberg Nature Reserve, which ... loevenstein information
Where to Stay: Cape Town North Accommodation
Philadelphia lies but 20 minutes outside of Cape Town, past Durbanville. Rural Philadelphia is just off the N7 towards Malmesbury. Conversely you can take a more scenic drive along the Koeberg / Adderley Road from ... Philadelphia information
Where to Stay: Accommodation in Plattekloof
Plattekloof, once part of the De Villiers Graaf family trust, is now one of the more sought after suburbs to the north of Cape Town. Lines of comparison have been drawn with Constantia’s Steenberg region with its 40 hectare ... plattekloof information
Where to Stay: Accommodation in Tygervalley
Tygervalley, a suburb of Bellville, is a fast growing business and a retail district that brings modern - leading décor stores, medical centres, multinationals, trendy restaurants and big corporates – to the heart of the northern suburbs ... tygervalley information
Where to Stay: Accommodation in Welgemoed
The tree-lined avenues and quiet residences of Welgemoed lie nestled in the Tygerberg hills just 20 minutes’ from Cape Town and 30 minutes’ from Paarl and Stellenbosch with their invitation of wine farms, grey blue mountains and ... welgemoed information
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Featured and "Must See" Attractions in Cape Town North
Durbanville is in the heart of Wine Country, and does not fail to impress with its own range of renowned wines. This area is home to the Cape’s two coolest wine regions due to the icy breezes off the ocean and the mists that roll down the surrounding mountains in the early evening ... more information
GrandWest Casino & Entertainment World
GrandWest Casino heralds an exciting new chapter in the Western Cape's entertainment scene. This amazing casino and entertainment world is a first for the Mother City and is also the only casino situated in the Western Cape. GrandWest offers round-the-clock entertainment for the whole family.
Only 20 km north of Cape Town, the Durbanville wine route, like Constantia, is very close to the mother city but frequently overlooked. Some nine estates lie on the beautiful, rolling Tygerberg hills, producing a wide variety of wines. The terroir is vastly different from one cellar to the next, and whilst some ... more information
Ratanga Junction features over 30 attractions, the most exciting being the Cobra roller coaster. There are also plenty of tamer rides for children and the less adventurous adults. The park also boasts numerous restaurants and bars as well as a variety of evening entertainment in the grand hall, theatre rooms and cinemas. more information
Tygerberg Nature Reserve
The 278ha reserve in the Tygerberg Hills is situated in the extremely endangered West Coast Renoster veld. From "The Viewpoint" in the reserve, the Cape Peninsula can be seen in all its splendour. Hiking trails named after animals, cover 7680m and can comfortably be walked in 2 hours. Tel: 021 9135695.
The Tyger Valley Arena incorporates an entertainment arena with food, leisure, banking and exciting retail stores. The Tyger Valley Arena is contained in a three-level setting using the very latest designs and techniques, incorporating glass panels sandblasted with decorative designs, blended with ... more information
This is a mixture of commercial and residential property on Carl Cronje Drive. It includes a 4 ha man-made lake and a real storm water waterfall. The development is becoming a huge attraction, with modern buildings hugging the water canals, reminiscent of Cape Town’s ‘real’ waterfront.
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