The Northern Suburbs Region, Cape Town

There is a distinct difference between the northern suburbs and the 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’.

Did you know? The northern suburbs are officially part of the City of Tygerberg, formed from the union of the municipalities of Bellville, Durbanville, Goodwood and Parow.

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.

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Destinations in the Northern Suburbs Region

Bellville

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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 breathtaking views ove...

Bothasig

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In the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town, surrounded by family homes and business blocks, is the residential hub of Bothasig, also known as The Sig. This area is multi-faceted in terms of the homes and business found within its borders and it has earned its n...

Brackenfell

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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 Brackenfell, a li...

Cape Town International Airport

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Cape Town International Airport is the base from which millions of international travellers begin their exploration of this uniquely beautiful country. It is the second largest airport in South Africa, second only to the OR Tambo International Airport in ...

Durbanville

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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 water springs just ...

Edgemead

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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 sought a...

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, Goodwood ...

Joostenberg Vlakte

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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 N1 highway, rou...

Kuils River

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The accommodation in Kuils River lies at the foot of the gentle slopes of the Bottelary Mountains, the area 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 close enough ...

Loevenstein

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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 means the...

Matroosfontein

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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) and is fewer than ...

Panorama

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Panorama accommodation ranges from studio apartments to cosy B&Bs and accommodations in Cape Town, all nestled within close proximity to some of the best tourist attractions in South Africa, including Table Mountain and the V & A Waterfront. Panorama,...

Parow

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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 for those nee...

Plattekloof

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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, due in part to...

Tygervalley

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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 82 844m˛ mall is just off ...

Welgemoed

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The tree-lined avenues and quiet residences offering accommodation in 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 gre...

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