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Durbanville is a fairly affluent town in the Western Cape of South Africa, and is one of the province’s oldest settlements. Originally a farming area (primarily producing wine and wheat), Durbanville grew from farms and homesteads into what is now considered by many to be a suburb of the greater Cape Town (as part of the Northern Suburbs).

This development was largely due to the region’s abundance of leafy residential areas located just far enough from the big city so as to feel detached yet still accessible. Today, the majority of Durbanville is given over mainly to residential neighbourhoods, although a few of the original farms still remain.

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The town of Durbanville was founded in the early nineteenth century by Afrikaner settlers looking to escape the rapidly growing urban center of Cape Town. The already cultivated farmland in the area provided an easy resting place for travelers and settlers alike. Initially, Durbanville served mainly as a watering station for travelers moving between Cape Town and the settlements further north. The town was originally known as Pampoenkraal.

Durbanville got its official beginnings in 1825 when a group of local farmers petitioned the governor of the Cape Colony, then Lord Charles Somerset, for permission to build a church in the area. Having been granted permission, construction of the church commenced that same year and was completed in the following one, prompting the growth of the small village that would become Pampoenkraal. During the year of 1836, local residents decided to rename the village in honour of the new governor, Sir Benjamin d’Urban. In 1886 it was renamed Durbanville in order to eliminate confusion with the fast-growing city of Durban on the East Coast.

The town’s rapid growth saw it taking on magisterial roles for the district of Bellville, and by 1901 it was officially a municipality, having inaugurated its first mayor. During the 19th century, Durbanville continued to prosper, becoming home to South Africa’s largest wagon works as well as a number of other industries and enterprises.




Durbanville is located on the northern outskirts of Cape Town, and forms part of the city’s metropolitan municipality. The town was originally established on the site of a freshwater spring, which even today provides water to the region. Prominent suburbs include Durbanville Hills, Kenridge, Pinehurst, and Stellenberg.




Durbanville has a few landmarks that are worthy of mention. Chief among these is the old Dutch Reformed Church, built by the original settlers, which still stands in the area. The Fisantekraal Airfield, formerly owned by the South African Air Force and now operated mainly as a training institution, is located nearby. Rust-en-Vrede, one of the original estates in the area, is also an historic location worth visiting.


Interesting Statistics


  • Durbanville is home to approximately 54,286 people, at a density of around 200 per square kilometer.
  • The majority of the local population is White, with Afrikaans being the most widely spoken language.
  • The principal religion of Durbanville residents is Christianity.

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