Parow is one of the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is bordered by suburbs such as Bellville, Goodwood, Milnerton, Edgemead and Bothasig. Located within easy reach of some of Cape Town’s City Centre’s major tributaries, Parow is well placed for those needing easy access to the city centre or the outer reaches of the city via Paarl.
Parow was founded by Johann Heinrich Ferdinand Parow in 1865. After being stranded in Table Bay Captain Parow settled down in the Cape of Good Hope. He quickly realised the potential value of the Tyger Valley area north of Cape Town and that the area held great opportunities for cattle trade. Captain Parow soon moved inland to the area known today as Parow, building up a great deal of wealth for himself by selling ground. He died on 4 December 1910 and Captain Parow’s telescope can be seen today in the Town Hall of Parow. In 1902 a village management board was established and Parow was upgraded to a municipality in 1939.
Residents and visitors of Parow have convenient access to some of Cape Town’s most popular shopping centres such as the Canal Walk, Tygervalley, and Willowbridge lifestyle centre. Parow is also perfectly situated to experience the wine farms of the Western Cape through the Constantia Wine Route and the Durbanville Wine Route. The nearby Tygerberg Nature Reserve provides various hiking trails with magnificent views over the Cape Peninsula.
Two professional soccer clubs, Vasco da Gama and Ajax Cape Town, are based in Parow. The suburb is also home to the headquarters of Peninsula Beverages, the Foschini Group, and De Haan’s Bus & Coach. Primary schools in Parow include Parow East Primary School, Saffer Primary and De Tyger Primary. Tyger High School and Parow High School are two of the high schools in the suburb, and the University of South Africa has a regional campus in Parow.
The suburb of Parow consists of the following areas: Beaconvale, Cravenby, Churchill Estate, Cravenby, Florida, Ravensmead, Parow Valley, Klipkop, Parow East, Fairfield Estate, Glenlily, Clamhall, Avondale, De Tijger, Parow North, Panorama, Plattekloof, Welgelegen, Parow Industria.