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Rhodes Memorial

Rhodes Memorial

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Accommodation Near Rhodes Memorial

Sleeps: 60 in 30 units/rooms

Little Scotia Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Rondebosch

1.3km East of Rhodes Memorial

Little Scotia offers 15 tastefully decorated guest rooms, each with en-suite bathroom. Amenities in each room are aimed at maximising convenience and comfort for the guest. An attractive pool area and well maintained gardens await you. Whether ...

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Koornhoop Manor House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Observatory

1.7km North of Rhodes Memorial

We're an owner-run guest house in the suburb of Observatory, Cape Town - below the towering Devil's Peak as it runs down to the Liesbeek River. We have 8 en-suite double and single rooms.

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Sleeps: 4

Rondebosch Place

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Rondebosch

1.9km East 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: 4 in 2 units/rooms

Belvedere on Barkley

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Rondebosch

2.2km East of Rhodes Memorial

WELCOME to BELVEDERE ON BARKLEY, a lovely Victorian house in the exclusive Silwood area of Rondebosch. It has two upmarket self-catering units with mountain views and is centrally located with easy access to the N2, M3, N1 and M5. Ideal for...

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Sleeps: 12 in 4 units/rooms

Sandown Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Rondebosch

2.3km East 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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Sleeps: 7

Acorn Tree - family accommodation sleeps 7

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Newlands

2.4km South of Rhodes Memorial

Acorn Tree, family accommodation sleeps 7. All double bedrooms open onto the sunny, quiet private walled garden with wonderful mountain views. Gas and electric cooking facilities, dishwasher, microwave, tumble dryer, washing machine. Auto garage...

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Sleeps: 4 in 2 units/rooms

Mulberry House

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Rondebosch

2.6km South East of Rhodes Memorial

Mulberry House is situated in the heart of Rondebosch with easy access to Cape Town Airport and the City centre freeway. It is walking distance to Newlands rugby and cricket grounds. Claremont shopping centre, Hospitals, the University and Kirsten...

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Squirrel's Way Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Newlands

2.9km South East of Rhodes Memorial

Squirrels Way offers three self catering cottages offering fully equipped family accommodation in the leafy suburb of Newlands in Cape Town. Each cottage has its own private entrance, security, mountain view and secure on site parking. Each fully ...

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Sleeps: 7 in 2 units/rooms


Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Claremont

3.1km South of Rhodes Memorial

Glencoy is an upmarket, private self-catering apartment and en-suite guest room. It is situated in the quiet residential area of Upper Claremont.

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Southey Cottage

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Claremont

3.4km South of Rhodes Memorial

Southey Cottage is located near the slopes of Table Mountain in the beautiful leafy suburb of Upper Claremont. It has a lovely sheltered and private garden - with pool, trampoline and superb mountain views, and secure off street parking.

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