Kuils River is even closer to the airport and is only 30 minutes drive from Cape Town. It started out in the 1600s as a cattle fold for the Dutch East India Company and later served as a stopover on the way to Stellenbosch. The area’s original farms and small holdings are still visible, and farming is still practised alongside more industrial endeavours that support the community. Kuils River is home to large manufacturers like Coca-Cola and Nampak.
The region is fiercely proud of the Zevenwacht Wine Estate, which is located at the edge of the Stellenbosch wine route, sprawling over the Bottelary Hills just above Kuils River – the gentle hum of farm activity a refuge from the urban jungle of Cape Town. Kuils River, which still has cow crossings as a testimony to its rural setting, is referred to as the gateway to the wine routes.
Several beautiful historic churches may be found in Kuils River, and the area has a peaceful sense of community that is uncommon in other metropolitan suburbs. Although none of these major thoroughfares passes through the town directly, the relative accessibility via the N1, N2, and R300 makes it advantageous to reside here and prevents it from unnecessarily becoming commercialized.