The suburbs in northern Cape Town on both sides of the N1 are called the "Northern Suburbs". The main ones are Plattekloof, Bellville, Parow, Tygerberg and Durbanville. Here - about 25 kilometres away from the centre of town - lives the majority of the population of Cape Town. During the week at the rush hours there is stop-and-go traffic on the N1.
The commercial centre of this region is the Tygerberg Centre on the N1, a shopping centre of an enormous size, surrounded by high office buildings.
At the moment the "Tygerberg Waterfront" is still being completed around a waterhole. It is supposed to become an alternative to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and render the Tygerberg centre more attractive for tourists.
Most of the people living in the Northern Suburbs speak Afrikaans as a first language, and so many immigrants from Johannesburg feel very much at home here. As a result the population of the Northern Suburbs is growing steadily. Particularly popular is Durbanville, a very green residential area with big properties and big houses. Photo left: Bell''s Golf School in Tygerberg. Top: Centre of Bellville. Bottom right: Rust-en-Vrede in Durbanville.
More information and accommodation in the Northern Suburbs to be found on the blue INFO page.