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Rosmead Ave Kenilworth Cape Town 7700 South Africa
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Travel Information

How to find us

Directions

From Capetown International Airport

  • Take the N2 in the direction of Cape Town.
  • Take the Jan Smuts Drive (Athlone) off-ramp.
  • At the first traffic light intersection (Klipfontein Road – police station on opposite right corner), turn right, proceed over the bridge and turn left at the traffic lights onto the M5.
  • The Kenilworth Racecourse turn-off is indicated on the roadside – exactly 3km from the on-ramp.
  • At the off-ramp traffic lights, turn right, proceed over the bridge (over the M5) and at the next set of lights, turn left into Doncaster Road.
  • Proceed down Doncaster Road, turn left into Rosmead Avenue, left again into Wetton Road and after 600 metres, left again into the parking area.

From Capetown City Centre

Follow roadside directions to the M5 towards Muizenberg and proceed as above.

Racecourse Information

The History

The Kenilworth Racecourse is a historic patch of land situated amidst the hustle and bustle of the Southern Suburbs. A seasonal wetland, the track is home to the most preserved section of Cape Flats Sand Fynbos in the world. The 52-hectare nature reserve hosts hundreds of fauna species with at least 20 of these species appearing on the endangered list. What’s more, the reserve supports a small but healthy community of reptiles, birds and small mammals, including the critically endangered micro frog and Cape platanna frog. Besides the endemic species, there are two plants listed as extinct in the wild that have been introduced to the area for conservation.

As one of only 10 race tracks in South Africa and two in the Western Cape (the other being Durbanville Racecourse), the storied venue is the oldest of its kind in the region and home to some of Mzansi’s most prestigious horse racing events.

This suburban track boasts a heady line-up of high-stakes races, trophy cups and family friendly festivals each year. As in the past, lovers of these stylish events can look forward to the return of chic to-dos, like the J&B Met and the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate.

So, whether you’re a hardcore horse racing enthusiast, elite socialite or regular Joe looking to score big on champion steeds, you’ll find a gallop that’s good for a great day in the summer sunshine.