Durbanville

Named after the then Governor of the Cape, Sir Benjamin D’Urban, and dating from the early 1800s, this small town was once known as Pampoenkraal (“Pumpkin Corral”).

Cuisine

Durbanville Wine Route: A number of wine estates grace the Tygerberg region. The Durbanville Wine Route includes the estates of Altydgedacht, Bloemendal Wines, Diemersdal Wines, Meerendal Estate, Durbanville Hills and Nitida Estate. Altydgedacht, where wines are produced from unusual grapes such as the Italian Barbera, lies in the hills above Durbanville. Meerendal produces top quality Pinotage and other red wines. Nitida, although small and new, is already producing red wines of great promise, and three-centuries-old Diemersdal produces excellent Cabernet. Bloemendal Wine Estate in Racecourse Road is known for its innovative and high quality wines and also has boardroom and conference facilities.

Culture / Community Tourism

Township Tours: Several tour operators offer township tours that include visits to shebeens (unlicensed and informal taverns) where you can join in the boisterous fun.

Entertainment And Shopping

Durbanville Art and Craft Market: The market contains a large variety of stalls with premier quality handcrafted works on sale.

Fuana And Flora

Durbanville Nature Reserve: The reserve lies in the heart of Durbanville and was established to protect an endangered vegetation type, specifically renosterveld, coastal fynbos and mountain fynbos. Bird lovers often visit this paradise to view the unusual species of birds that frequent this park. Visitors are allowed to use the picnic sites and guided walks can be organised.

Durbanville Rose Garden: The aromas emanating from the Rose Garden are almost as wonderful for the soul as the sight of the soft colours shimmering in the sun. Visitors are welcome at all times and on Sunday afternoons, from October to May, cream cakes and tea are on the clubhouse menu.

Tygerberg Nature Reserve: This 89-ha reserve lies in the Tygerberg Hills and offers lovely views of the Cape Peninsula. There are several hiking trails that take approximately two hours to complete and many species of birds patrol the skies above the reserve. The natural vegetation is renosterbos, an extremely endangered veld type.

West Coast Ostrich Show Ranch: The ranch houses ostriches in their natural surroundings and educational tours of the ranch are conducted. More adventurous visitors may venture a ride on the back of an ostrich.

History And Architecture

20 Oxford Street: This building is believed to be the oldest dwelling in Durbanville, dating back to the early-eighteenth century. It has been proclaimed a national monument and houses a restaurant.

Onze Molen: Two Dutch Windmills are located on the corner of High and Onze Molen Streets, strong reminders of the early settlers who came to tame the land.

Rust-en-Vrede (Rest and Peace) Cultural Centre: The Centre is located in Durbanville and is an old Cape Dutch complex that dates back to 1850. It was originally a prison but has also seen service as a magistrate’s court, a school and even as a private residence. The Durbanville Clay Museum is in the Centre and houses creations by some well-known South Africans, as well as the Oude Meester Collection. The beautifully sculpted gardens are just as much a work of art as those housed inside the museum.

Victorian King’s Court: This graceful building in Church Street dates back to 1890 and is a national monument.

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