Durbanville is a residential suburb situated on the northern outskirts of the Cape Town metropolitan area of the Western Cape. It is a sought after location, featuring tree-lined streets, access to main highways, plenty of shopping centers, restaurants and entertainment in the area.
Durbanville is surrounded by wine and wheat producing farms. Wine farming in the Durbanville area began as early as the 17th century, when the first wine farms were allocated and vineyards planted with Cape Madeira, the most popular white grape of the time. Many of these farms now form part of the Durbanville Wine Route and produce award-winning wines. The wine farms are especially known for its cool climate Sauvignon Blanc, which is celebrated with an annual festival which takes place around October.
Jan Van Riebeeck designated Durbanville as a watering station in 1652 as it contained a fresh water spring for travelers to and from Cape Town. It was originally known as Pampoenkraal but in 1836 permission was requested from the Governor of the Cape Colony, Sir Benjamin d’Urban, to rename it D’Urban in his honour. It was then renamed to Durbanville in 1886 in order to avoid confusion with Durban. A municipality was established in 1901 and the first mayor elected was John King.
The Durbanville Nature Reserve is a popular picnic area in the suburb. It was originally cleared and laid out with paths by the National Council of Women, who uses the nature reserve to promote, protect and further the interest in the unique fynbos that grows there. The reserve is a protective sanctuary where renosterveld coastal fynbos and mountain fynbos grow side-by-side. It also forms the natural habitat of animals such as the Angulate Tortoise, Small Grey Mongoose and Cape Rain Frog.
Every first Saturday of the month a local craft market is held at Rust-en-Vrede at the cultural center. The cultural center is a Cape Dutch complex dating back to 1850 and was originally a prison, a magistrate’s court, a school and finally a private residence. Today it houses an art gallery, clay museum, and a coffee shop. For Golfers, Durbanville Golf Course on the rolling slopes of the Durbanville Hills, provides and enjoyable challenge for golfers of all abilities on greens that rate among some of the finest in the Cape Town region.
The Rust-en-Vrede Art Gallery in Durbanville is where culture and leisure meet. You can enjoy a cup of coffee or something to eat at the Rust-en-Vrede Art Cafe, and there are three exhibition spaces showcasing works of art by established and emerging artists. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the numerous running and cycling trails in and around Durbanville. The Tygerberg Mountain Bike Club offers routes on some of the wine estates and the surrounding hilly areas. A popular area for mountain biking, Durbanville has a number of trails to tackle and has something to challenge riders of all skill levels.