Durbanville Holiday Guide


Durbanville s a picturesque wine region, situated 7 km from Table Bay and the beach activities of the Atlantic Ocean. The suburb is nestled against the Tygerberg and is bathed in the warm Cape sunshine during the day, yet is prone to misty nights. The fertile soil of the rolling hills on which Durbanville is built, the warm summer days and cooler nights all contribute to making this area a prime location for wine production.

Durbanville was originally called “Pampoenkraal” (Pumpkin Paddock). The Dutch influence is still evident throughout the area, especially notable in the Cape Dutch architecture. It was in the early 1700’s that vineyards were first established in this area.

Since then, Durbanville has earned recognition within the wine fraternity for the excellent quality of its noble cultivar grapes. Many top ranking cellars have sourced the grapes for their finest marques from this area.

The unspoilt natural beauty of the Durbanville Valley, with its varicoloured vineyards over gentle hills and lush green vegetation, has been preserved by the passing of a law prohibiting industrial development in this area. The serenity of the surrounding countryside instils an atmosphere of rural tranquillity and total relaxation in anyone who spends time here.

Although Durbanville is very central to Cape Town city centre, the suburb itself has a thriving centre of modern facilities, shopping opportunities and restaurants so that one hardly needs to travel to enjoy 21st century luxuries. The valley is a hub of activity and offers outdoor pastimes such as a number of golf courses in the immediate area, as well as horse racing. The Tygervalley Shopping Complex offers a host of fabulous shops, boutiques and restaurants, supermarkets and a movie theatre.

The Location of Durbanville

Durbanville is 20 minutes to the north of the city of Cape Town.

The Durbanville Vibe

A beautiful combination of modern efficiency and old-world charm, Durbanville is the ideal place to stay for visitors looking to be close to Cape Town, while luxuriating in the peace offered by the scenic beauty of the town.

Durbanville remains a sought-after neighbourhood in which to put down roots; many a visitor has returned as a resident.

Surrounded y farmlands, vineyards and smallholdings, Durbanville has a unique “small town” feel about it, making it truly exclusive.

Durbanville – Amenities

With picturesque avenues highlighting the Cape’s colonial history, Durbanville is noted for its historic buildings, rolling wine estates and stunning mountain views.

Places to see in Durbanville

  • Rust En Vrede (an historic building)
  • Onze Molen (a restored mill)
  • Kings Court (a 1905 residential building and monument)
  • All Saints Church; Dutch Reform Church and the Synagogue.
  • Tygerberg Zoo
  • Durbanville Rose Garden
  • Durbanville Wine Valley


Durbanville Activities

  • Wine tasting
  • Shopping
  • Golfing
  • Horse Racing

Eating out in Durbanville

Noordhoek itself has only a handful of restaurants but the ones there are excellent and a mere 5 kilometers away lies Kalk Bay and all its gourmet delights:

Durbanwille restaurants :

  • Wheatfields
  • Bloemendal
  • La Masseira
  • Spur
  • Alberto’s
  • Hillcrest
  • Poplars
  • Cassia
  • Meerendal Bistro
  • Beijing
  • Avocado


Guesthouses in Durbanville

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!!

Grapevine Guesthouse

Klara’s Cosy Corner Guesthouse

Le Petit Chateau Guesthouse

Niederheim Guesthouse

Protea Guest House

The Inn Place Guesthouse

45 Combretum Place Guesthouse