Western Cape Tourist AttractionsCape Town North (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.
Popular Towns in the Cape Town North
Overnight? 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), with breath...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Brackenfell
Lying in the northern suburbs of Cape Town, behind what is locally known as the ‘boerewors curtain’ (a homegrown term for an invisible curtain that ostensibly divides English and Afrikaans speaking people in Cape Town) lies the suburb of...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Durbanville
20 minutes to the north of the city of Cape Town, Durbanville is one of the oldest municipalities in the Western Cape Province and originally called Pampoenkraal (pumpkin fold), after a meeting place for local farmers around some fresh...
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Overnight? 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...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Goodwood
Goodwood lies between the northern and southern suburbs of Cape Town, 10 kilometers from Cape Town’s city centre. Named after the famous British racetrack, as the area was initially used for horse racing, Goodwood includes Tygerdal, Vrizjee...
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Stay? Accommodation in Joostenberg Vlakte
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 exit 34 off the...
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Overnight? 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...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Loevenstein
Loevensteyn is situated fairly close to the Tygerberg Nature Reserve, which means the green suburb is imbued with the calls of birds, and low-maintenance, water-wise gardens are a fashionable accessory. Originally the site of Loevenstein...
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Stay? Accommodation in Matroosfontein
Matroosfontein is a residential area that, while outside the city centre, is part of the Mother City and home to many of its locals. It is extremely close to the Cape Town International Airport (less than about four kilometres, in fact)...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Panorama
Panorama, which lies just off the N1 off ramp, 20 minutes’ from Cape Town between the V&A Waterfront and the Durbanville wine estates, probably earned itself the name ‘Panorama’ for the magnificent views of Table Mountain from here...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Parow
Lying in the northern suburbs of Cape Town, Parow is just east of Goodwood and southwest of Bellville, with easy access to some of the mother city’s major tributaries - the N7 and N1 - placing the suburb in an effortlessly reachable position...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Philadelphia
Rural Philadelphia is just off the N7 towards Malmesbury. Conversely you can take a more scenic drive along the Koeberg / Adderley Road from Durbanville through farmland until you reach the gorgeous village. Philadelphia began, as many...
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Overnight? 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 golf estate...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Tygervalley
Essentially, when Capetonians talk of Tygervalley they are referring to the Tygervalley Shopping Centre - a huge monolith and a ‘shop ‘till you drop’ destination in the northern suburbs. It’s easy to get to Tygervalley - the mall...
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Overnight? 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 green...
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