Bellville Holiday Guide

Description

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 over the winelands and the Stellenbosch Mountains.

On one of the corners of Voortrekker and Durban Roads, in the heart of Bellville, lies the Twelve-mile Rockstone – an historical monument that marks the distance from Cape Town and the period during which this part of the world was an ‘outspan’ or resting place on the Cape Town to Stellenbosch Route – a welcome resting point for those whose wagons had already battled over the sand of the Cape Flats.

Bellville’s proximity to the N1 makes it a popular place to stay with visitors, and besides the easy access to Cape Town’s beaches, the suburb provides plenty of opportunity to occupy one during one’s stay.

The Location of 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.

The city is located in the northern suburbs of the greater Cape Town area. It is very central, situated close to the airport (GPS codes 33°53’1.07″S 33°53’1.07″S”E divide), various golf courses, wine routes and shopping complexes.

Belville – Amenities

Although the Northern Suburbs are not well-known amongst travelers, they provide an excellent base from which to explore the Cape Peninsula, lovely and affordable accommodation, excellent restaurants, top modern facilities and a beautiful countryside with a relaxed holiday vibe.

Places to see in Bellville

 

  • Tyger Valley Shopping Centre
  • Bellville Golf Course
  • Mayibuye Centre
  • Tygerberg Nature Reserve
  • Twelve-mile Rockstone

 

Bellville Activities

The Northern Suburbs around Belville encompass Durnanville, Parow and Goodwood. The entire region is part of the beautiful Winelands, and in addition has a significant entertainment potential.

 

  • Ratanga Junction Theme Park is a fantastic experience for the whole family, offering curio shops, restaurants and thrilling rides for all age groups.
  • Canal Walk Shopping Mall adds another dimension to convenience shopping. Situated in top modern Century City, this mall offers two movie theatres and an unbelievable choice of shops, boutiques, hairdressers, specialty shops, supermarkets, fast food outlets and restaurants.
  • Grand West Casino is the Western Cape’s biggest Casino development and has achieved world-class status. The casino pays homage to the Mother City and is much more than just a casino. The design of Grand West recreates the vibrancy of historic Cape Town, and the interior is really quite unique. The casino offers a children’s amusement park, two ice rinks – one Olympic-size ice rink with a mini-rink for the little ones immediately next to it – a fast food court and a host of bars and restaurants, all open 24 hours a day. The casino floor boasts 1,750 slot machines and 66 gambling tables and offers roulette, Diamond Rush Black Jack, poker and punto banco. Next to the casino, two first-class hotels provide guests with luxury accommodation just a short amble from their entertainment.
  • A more dignified option and certainly one of the better kept secrets in Bellville, is the High Street shopping complex just off Durban Road that has its own theatre.
  • The Mayibuye Centre, which houses a collection of material from South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle, is worth a visit purely because most of the collection pieces were originally banned.
  • The Bellville Golf course is worth a round on its 18-hole course, which lies in the sheltered valley with wonderful views of the Hottentots Holland Mountain range.
  • The Tygerberg Nature Reserve is a great outing with a 7.5 kilometre hike that promises superb views over the entire peninsula.
  • The Durbanville Wine Valley, with its historic vineyards, charming eateries and typical South African hospitality, should be top of your itinerary when staying in this part of the world.
  • The Tyger Valley Shopping Centre, the retail heart of Tygerberg, is a sprawling mall with a huge variety of shops, boutiques and recreational facilities, in which most of Cape Town appear to while away the weekend.
  • Cool-Runnings Toboggan Track, opposite the Bellville Velodrome in Tygervalley, Cape Town, is the first downhill toboggan run in Africa. This summer version of snow tobogganing delivers the ultimate in safe, thrilling speed, in a bobsled on wheels down a 1,25 km winding track.

 

Eating out in Bellville

 

  • Bellville has a wide variety of cuisine ranging from African to international.
  • Bellvile restaurants :
  • Buena Visata Social Cafe (Cuban)
  • Ocean Basket
  • Spur
  • De Oude Welgemoed (Contemporary)
  • Namaskar (Indian)
  • Slatterys at Oude Westhof (Buffet)
  • Starlite Diner

 

Guesthouses in Bellville

Please use the links below to access more details on the featured guest houses, where indicated read the owners/ manager page for the inside story!!

Old Oak Guesthouse

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