Brackenfell is situated in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town at the gateway to the Winelands and falls under the City of Cape Town Municipality. It lies to the north east of Bellville and boasts over 30 suburbs. Careful town planning has ensured that Brackenfell has an excellent infrastructure for property owners. It is roughly divided into three areas, namely Brackenfell North, Central and South. Some of the other neighboring suburbs of Brackenfell include Kuilsriver, Kraaifontein and Durbanville.
Established in 1913, Brackenfell started out as a major road crossing and was named after a fern that was common to the area, the Bracken-fern. Today it is a well-known residential suburb within view of the mountain scenery of Oostenberg. Brackenfell is conveniently situated within easy access to the N1 and R300 highways to get you to the Cape Town City Centre, Paarl, Stellenbosch, Somerset West or Gordon’s Bay.
Brackenfell offers a range of property from affordable apartments and townhouses to large family homes and luxury houses. It has also experienced and increase in the development of apartment building mainly towards the CBD. The proximity to the major highways makes Brackenfell a popular option for commuters. It is also a good option for students looking for accommodation within easy access to Stellenbosch University. Developments have grown rapidly over the years and are reaching the outskirts and borders of Brackenfell.
The three main schools in Brackenfell are Bastion, Brackenfell Primary and Brackenfell High School. There are also a number of private school in the area. There are various shopping centres in Brackenfell including Fairbridge Mall and the Cape Gate Regional Shopping Centre just off the N1 highway.
At the Bracken Nature Reserve, visitors can take a walk along the hills that was once known as Kanonkop. It is also perfect picnic venue. The area where the reserve is situated was once a granite quarry which became a landfill. Today it is a protected area to help preserve the Cape Fynbos. Close-by is the Koopmanskloof Private Nature Reserve which is perfect for a day of hiking and exploring.
Summers are warm and dry in Brackenfell, while winters are wet and cool. It is moderately warmer than the Cape Town suburbs closer to the sea and even than the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. Brackenfell enjoys milder seasons than the surrounding Boland Wineland areas.