Rhodes Memorial

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Cape Town , South Africa
off M3, below Devil’s Peak, Groote Schuur Estate, Rondebosch
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This impressive and monumental granite memorial stands on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain at a spot where the mining magnate and former prime minister used to admire the view. Rhodes bought all the surrounding land in 1895 for £9000 as part of a plan to preserve a relatively untouched section of the mountain for future generations.

Partly modelled on the arch at London’s Hyde Park Corner, the memorial has 49 steps, one for each year of Rhodes’ life. Despite providing sweeping vistas to the Cape Flats and the mountain ranges beyond – and, by implication, right into the heart of Africa – the statue of Rhodes himself has the man looking rather grumpy. The exit for the memorial is at the Princess Anne Interchange on the M3.

Behind the memorial is a restaurant, a tea garden and a steep path leading up to the King’s Blockhouse , a defensive position built by the British between 1795 and 1803. From here it’s possible to follow the contour path above Newlands Forest to Skeleton Gorge and down into Kirstenbosch.