About Bellville

A MODERN WELL DEVELOPED INFRASTRUCTURE

Bellville is situated is the northern suburbs of Cape Town in close proximity to Cape Town International Airport, the N1 national highway, the CBD of Cape Town and the burgeoning Northern Suburb CBD, making it one of the most accessible suburbs in the Cape for business and leisure.

Entertainment, restaurants and shopping centres are all within close proximity as are beaches and all of Cape Town's tourist hotspots.

HISTORY OF BELLVILLE

Bellville originally served as an "outspan" for travellers on the route from Cape Town to the interior. The original 12-mile milestone still stands at the corner of Voortrekker and Durban Roads as a reminder of its historic past. Haardekraaltjie caravan park as it is known today was used as the original outspan.

What has now become a major national railway centre in Bellville, was once a simple railway siding and depot which was known as D'Urban Road as it was the closest depot to the town of Durbanville, then known as D'Urban.

Bellville was awarded its name on the 18th November 1861 in honour of Charles Bell (Surveyor-General of the Cape) and gained municipality status in 1940. Develepment has been rapid since then

The Tygerberg Hill overlooks the city of Bellville and offers the most spectacular views of the Cape Flats and Table Bay. In former years a signal cannon was fired from the crest of the Tygerberg to signal the arrival of vessels in the harbour, informing farmers of the potential to sell their produce to the new arrivals.

The Tygerberg is now home to a 60 ha reserve conserving indigenous plants and a number of small animals. The reserve is open to the public and offers gentle hikes through the reserve from where the views of Cape Town are unsurpassed.


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