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...
Irma Stern Museum
The pioneering 20th-century artist Irma Stern (1894–1966) lived in this house for almost 40 years and her studio has been left virtually...
Heart of Cape Town Museum
Capetonians are very proud that their city was the first place in the world where a successful heart transplant operation was carried...
Occasionally the lion’s den in the ruins of Cecil Rhodes’ zoo on the southern slopes of Devil’s Peak serves as a highly atmospheric...
Rhodes Memorial Restaurant
Behind the memorial is the pleasant restaurant in a 1920 thatched-roof cottage and al-fresco tearoom. It’s family run and they...
Rhodes Memorial information
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.