Pinelands Holiday Guide


The “garden city” suburb of Pinelands is located on the edge of the southern suburbs of Cape Town in South Africa and is known for its large thatched houses. The suburb is primarily residential and is often praised for its peacefulness and abundance of trees.

Pinelands is one of the few areas in Cape Town in which sale of alcohol is prohibited and is a popular place for senior citizens to retire to. While there are several retirement homes in the suburb, younger people are increasingly moving in.

Although attributed with looking distinctly English, Pinelands’ wide streets lined with its distinctive pine trees, hence the name, falls short of the narrow lanes and one-up-one-down style homes that dominate English towns. Homes here are sprawling and have big, well established gardens, and the roads are wide and well planned.

The main road is called Forest Drive and the suburb contains two small shopping centres, namely Howard Centre and Central Square. Pinelands is served by two railway stations: Pinelands Station on the western edge of the suburb and Mutual Station on the northern edge.

A number of the bigger employers in Cape Town are based in Pinelands as are both Vincent Pallotti Hospital and the Red Cross Childrens Hospital. Mowbry and Rondebosch are adjacent suburbs, and access to the city centre and the beaches of False Bay is easy.

The Location of Pinelands

Pinelands is located on the edge of the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town and only 10km’s away from the Cape Town City Centre. The suburb is bisected from the north east to the south west by the Elsieskraal River, which has flowed through a large concrete drainage canal since the 1960s.

The Pinelands Vibe

The suburb is post-war, hence the English influence, and local businessmen designed carefully and with some imagination – Pinelands doesn’t suffer from the usual box-grid-style streets but benefits from circular drives and roads that go off at tangents, making it a particularly welcome suburb in which to live.

Places to see in (or near) Pinelands

  • V&A Waterfront
  • Millstone Eco Friendly Farm Stall & Café

Pinelands Activities

  • Golf

Pinelands restaurants :

  • Spur
  • Cornerstone Coffee Shop
  • Gracie’s
  • Millie Lucci Ristorante

Guesthouses in Pinelands

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!!

  • Colette’s B&B Guesthouse
  • Franklin Guesthouse
  • Pine Cottage Guesthouse
  • River Lodge Guesthouse