It is located at Kenilworth Racecourse, Rosmead Avenue, Kenilworth, Cape Town, South Africa, only a 20-minute drive from the City Bowl. It is home to the most preserved section of Cape Flats Sand Fynbos in the world. It is also South Africa’s oldest horse racing venue and hosts various prestigious events throughout the year, including the renowned Sun Met (formerly J&B Met).
The first race took place in 1883 and was called the Metropolitan Mile. However, the area of land was already identified as one of 35 core botanical sites in South Africa, in which the patch of land in the center of the racecourse is now a protected environment known as the Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area (KRCA). This small nature reserve is one of the last remaining undisturbed patches of Cape Flats Sand Fynbos, making it an invaluable piece of land. KRCA was established in 1985, a seasonal wetland that spans some 52 hectares in the center of the racecourse’s borders.
The course has three tracks, the first being an old course that is 2700m in circumference with a 450m run-in, a new course of 2800m with a 600m run-in, and a completely separate 1200m straight.