The picturesque town of Durbanville is situated in the northern suburbs of Cape Town.
Durbanville might be more known for the wine route surrounding the town but it has a long history dating back to the early 19th century.
The area was originally assigned for farming by Jan van Riebeeck in 1652 and by 1719 Durbanville, as it's known today, consisted of 22 farms.
Originally known as Pampoenkraal, the village served as a watering station for people travelling between Cape Town and interior villages.
In 1825, local farmers obtained permission from Lord Charles Somerset to build a church and a year later the Dutch Reformed Church was inaugurated. The village grew and the first name change was petitioned in 1836, when residents requested to name the area D'Urban, in honour of Sir Benjamin d'Urban, Governor of the Cape Colony at the time.
As D'Urban was easily confused with Durban, a port city situated on the east coast, the name was changed again in 1886 to Durbanville.
Today, Durbanville is a flourishing suburb and although it offers a myriad of businesses and trendy restaurants, it remains proud of its heritage. Driving down Oxford and Church Streets, you can still spot some of the original Edwardian buildings proudly proclaiming the rich history of the town.
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The history of Durbanville
Welcome to the
The Durbanville neighbourhood
Situated only 26 km from Cape Town and approximately 20 km from Cape Town International Airport, Durbanville is a much sought after residential neighbourhood. The town offers a wide variety of shops and restaurants but still maintains a rural feel, ensuring the convenience and nightlife of a city but nature and serenity of a suburb.
With three public High Schools, five Primary Schools and three Private Schools in the area, Durbanville is perfect for families of all ages.
Fun stuff to do in Durbanville
The Durbanville Wine Route offers a selection of award winning wines right at your doorstep. This renowned wine area is known for their exquisite Sauvignon Blanc but other cultures include Chardonnay, Merlot, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. There are several boutique wineries in the area that offer some of the rare cultivars like Barbera, Pinot Noir and Semillon as well. Although the wine route itself is young, there are farms that have been making wine for six generations.
Durbanville Nature Reserve
For nature lovers a stroll through this reserve is a must. The six hectare reserve was first proclaimed in 1966 after the rare plant species, Aristea Lugens was discovered on the reserve. Today the reserve has 130 plant species of which ten are on the endangered list. It is also home to the Angulate Tortoise, Small Grey Mongoose and if you're lucky, you just might catch a glimpse of the endangered Cape Rain Frog.
When the insanity of everyday life gets too much it is important to take some time out to smell the flowers and this, 3.5 hectare rose garden is the perfect place to do it. With 4,500 rose bushes and 500 different types of roses, it is the perfect place to sit down and enjoy a cup of tea.