Philippi, Cape Flats

Philippi is one of Cape Town’s townships formed, in the 1980s, at more-or-less the same time as Khayelitsha and Delft. It lies sandwiched between Ottery, Hanover Park, Grassy Park, Mitchells Plain and Manenberg on what is known as The Cape Flats.

During apartheid it was a battleground, and today still faces huge challenges like poverty, unemployment, overcrowding and susceptibility to fire and flooding.

Historically Philippi was called Die Duine, or The Dunes - used, predominantly, as grazing for farms in the area. Today it is still home to small-scale farms that produce around 80 percent of Cape Town’s vegetables (100 000 tonnes annually), despite the immense residential growth and the pressure for space.

Known as The Philippi Horticultural area (PHA) this farming area plays a critical role in the city’s food security. But it finds itself in the midst of a serious battle to maintain its hold on the land.

The farmers, for whom the vegetables are a means of income (sold to local supermarkets and to households on The Flats) are campaigning to have their produce recognised as ‘local’ and branded in shops, in order to create awareness.

In the PHA is the only remaining uncovered section of the Cape Flats Aquifer - a 630 square kilometre underground water system, most of which is covered by tar and concrete. This same fresh water is apparently enough to supply Cape Town with 30 percent of its potable water needs.

The city wants to develop this land for industry and housing.

With the ever-increasing number of people moving into Philippi, the demand for housing is enormous, yet the increasing impact of climate change on food production and the need for water make the PHA a vital part of the city’s food security.

The PHA mounted the Food & Farming Campaign and, in early 2016, won a victory when the PHA was placed under heritage protection by the Heritage Western Cape (HWC) who also refused to approve the rezone of one of the two proposed developments in the PHA.

This ruling by HWC does not bind the City or local government, and the City could still approve the application.

In the vicinity

Hotels & other accommodation options

Things to do in the area

Noteworthy attractions

Find accommodation in Philippi

FIND / South Africa Accommodation / Western Cape Accommodation / Cape Town Accommodation / Cape Flats Accommodation / Philippi Accommodation

Philippi as a destination

Want to stay overnight?


When would you like to stay?
Choose dates

Number of Guests

Why book with
  • Your card is safe with us; strictest card verification in the industry and we don't store card numbers.
  • No airy fairy service fees; you save!
  • We care. Service with integrity.
  • Multiple payment methods:
    credit card, SID instant EFT, bank transfer.
  • All Philippi property owners / managers are verified (our experience protects you from online fraud).
  • Secure your booking
Our Payment Protection Guarantee only applies if your deposit payment is made via
South Africa. Explore. Experience. Stay® has been assisting travellers with their South Africa travel plans since 1999, and is the largest, independent online travel guide for South Africa available in both English and German.