About Kuils River
You will find the town of Kuils River 25 km to the east of the Cape Town City Centre at the gateway of the Cape Winelands in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Lying on the slopes of the Bottelary Mountains, Kuils River is a popular choice for those who want to escape the confines of a city for a more rural setting, but still be close enough to the Cape Town City Centre to benefit from its many attractions. The town takes its name from the nearby river that features many pools or kuile (which is the Dutch name for dams).
Kuils River is characterised as a calm and natural environment and the CBD is still relatively un-commercialised with no major highway running through the town. The town is situated close to Stellenbosch’s wine routes near the intersection of the M12 and the R102. It is home to a few wine farms with the Zevenwacht Wine Estate being the most well-known of them. Here you can enjoy award winning wines in a beautiful leafy and peaceful setting.
Kuils River was originally known as De Boss and started of as a refreshment post of the Dutch East India company in 1680 for travellers on their way from Cape Town to Stellenbosch. It was marked by a milestone which can still be seen today in the entrance hall of the Kuils River municipality. The area originally consisted mostly of farmland, and when some of the farms were sold in 1700 it started to develop into a village. A road was built in 1845 and the first railway station was established in 1862. In 1898 stands were sold for residential development and the first school was built. Kuils River attained municipal status on 4 December 1950.
The well-known South African journalist, poet and author, Herman Charles Bosman was born in Kuils River and the town is home to the Alta du Toit School for mentally handicapped children. The Jan Kriel School in Kuils River helps children with learning and physical barriers through educational as well as medical programmes. The industrial area of Blackheath is in Kuils River and major manufacturers such as Nampak and Coca Cola operate from Kuils River.
Kuils River has some wonderful examples of old church buildings, one of them being the old NG church located in the center of Kuils River. Residents have access to a number of shopping facilities which includes the Zevenwacht Shopping Centre. Kuils River also boasts superb sporting facilities with the Kuils River Golf Course renowned under the northern suburbs golfing community. Another Kuils River attraction not to be missed is the Rondevlei Nature Reserve which is any ornithologist’s dream.