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Rhodes Memorial

HISTORY:
Cecil John Rhodes came to South Africa in 1870 where he was quickly attracted by the allure of the recent diamond rush taking place in Kimberley at the Big Hole. After shrewdly purchasing the mineral rights of the De Beer brothers farm for a paltry £ 6 000 Rhodes was now well on his way to fame and fortune.

Queen Victoria, quite chuffed by his financial acumen and loyalty to the Empire, duly appointed Rhodes as head of the British South Africa Company. With the queen's blessing Rhodes claimed vast areas of Mashonaland as his own and renamed the area Rhodesia.

Next, Rhodes became the Prime Minister of the Cape Colony but eventually grew weary of politics and retired to his home in Groote Schuur. He also purchased what is now Kirstenbosch Gardens, which he bequeathed to the Botanical Society upon his death in 1902.

RHODES MEMORIAL:
In 1912 the city constructed the massive granite memorial in his honour upon the slopes of Devil's Peak, just above the present site of the University of Cape Town. Visitor's are welcomed to the memorial by the obligatory bronze statue of a rearing horseman. The Memorial is guarded by eight bronze lions that line the 49 steps, one step for each year of his life, leading up to the imposing rows of granite pillars reminiscent of a Greek temple.

RESTAURANT:
There is a tea room located behind the temple where one can take in the the panoramic view across the city's stock yards and northern suburbs. The restaurant is very popular and so reservations are necessary, especially on weekends Tel 021 689 9151

HIKING:
Above the memorial a pathway leads up to a turn of the century block house called the King's Blockhouse. There are also contour trails, one heading southward toward the Newlands forest and another heading westward towards the city. This corner of Devil's Peak can be ferociously windy so bring sunscreen or be prepared to hold onto your hat very tightly.

DIRECTIONS:
- exit the M3 just south of the University of Cape Town

Nearby Listings

Knightsbury Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Rondebosch

1.2km East of center of Rhodes Memorial

There are 4 tastefully decorated rooms with en-suite bathrooms. Each is fitted with all the amenities necessary to making sure their guests' needs are attended to. The Knight's are an impressive double act at breakfast, which is indulgent with ...

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Koornhoop Manor House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Observatory

1.7km North of center of Rhodes Memorial

Koornhoop Manor House provides bed and breakfast accommodation in Observatory in the Cape Town City Bowl. We're an owner-run guest house in the leafy suburb of Observatory, Cape Town - below the towering Devil's Peak as it runs down to the Liesbeek River.

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Sleeps: 4
From R 800,00
Per unit, per night.

Rondebosch Place

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Rondebosch

1.9km East of center of Rhodes Memorial

Rondebosch Place is a two bed-roomed, one bathroom self catering flat situated on the 5th floor in a secure apartment block in central Rondebosch with wonderful views, it is a spacious and light and bright flat.

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Sleeps: 12 in 4 units/rooms

Sandown Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Rondebosch

2.3km East of center of Rhodes Memorial

Sandown Lodge is a charming 19th Century Georgian House, centrally situated in picturesque surroundings directly opposite Rondebosch Park.

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Fernwood Manor

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Newlands

3.0km South of center of Rhodes Memorial

Fernwood Manor is an elegant colonial style home in the leafy suburb of Newlands surrounded by lush greenery with wonderful mountain views.

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Sleeps: 7 in 2 units/rooms
From R 700,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Glencoy

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Claremont

3.1km South of center of Rhodes Memorial

Glencoy provides self catering accommodation in Claremont, Cape Town. Glencoy is an upmarket, private self-catering apartment and en-suite guest room. It is situated in the quiet residential area of Upper Claremont. With its striking view of Table Mountai

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Sleeps: 4 in 2 units/rooms
From R 650,00
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Mayfield Cottages

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Rondebosch

3.4km East of center of Rhodes Memorial

MAYFIELD COTTAGE is a spacious and sunny north facing self-catering unit which is situated in the leafy and historic suburb of Rondebosch. It is a flatlet which adjoins the main house in a tranquil, lush garden.

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Sleeps: 4

Keurboom Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Claremont

3.5km South East of center of Rhodes Memorial

Keurboom Cottage is a self catering cottage and holiday home situated in the leafy suburbs bordering of Claremont bordering Rondebosch. Sleeps 4.

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Sleeps: 11 in 4 units/rooms
From R 400,00
Per unit, per night.

Blyplek @ Central Avenue, Pinelands

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Pinelands

3.5km North East of center of Rhodes Memorial

Blyplek @ Central Avenue was built in 1928 as part of the original Pinelands Garden Village, finished with lavish amounts of teak - panelling, doors and window frames. Over time, different families with different needs, have developed it .

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Sleeps: 2
From R 540,00
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Etafileni Studio Flat

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Vredehoek

3.9km West of center of Rhodes Memorial

Etafileni Studio Flat provides visitors with self catering flatlet accommodation in Vredehoek, Cape Town City Bowl. Helen & Richard welcome you to Etafileni, an open plan self catering fully furnished studio flat in Vredehoek, nestling at the foot of Tabl

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