University of Cape Town
For the non-academic there’s no pressing reason to visit the University of Cape Town, but it’s nonetheless an impressive place to walk...
If you approach University of Cape Town (UCT) from Woolsack Dr, you’ll pass this cottage designed in 1900 by Sir Herbert Baker for Cecil...
As you’re following the M3 from the city, just after the open paddocks on Devil’s Peak you’ll pass, on the left, a real Dutch windmill...
Since the 1970s the Baxter has been the focus of Capetonian theatre. There are three venues – the main theatre, the concert hall and the...
Rhodes Memorial Restaurant
Behind the memorial is a pleasant restaurant and al fresco tearoom in a 1920 thatched-roof cottage. It’s family-run and specialises in...
off M3, Groote Schuur Estate · interesting places nearby
Rhodes Memorial information
Partly modelled on the arch at London’s Hyde Park Corner, this 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. The 49 steps, one for each year of Rhodes’ life, are flanked by pairs of proud lions; the top provides sweeping vistas to the Cape Flats and the mountain ranges beyond.
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. His ambition and determination is memorialised by a dynamic statue of a man on a rearing horse (in contrast to the bust of Rhodes himself, which has him looking rather grumpy).
Behind the memorial is a pleasant restaurant 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.
The exit for the memorial is at the Princess Anne Interchange on the M3.