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
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 ...
Sleeps: 20 in 4 units/rooms
From R 600,00
Per person, per night sharing.
1.6km South East of center of Rhodes Memorial
Newlands Cottages consist of three attractively restored, self-catering cottages with small private gardens in the convenient Rondebosch area. Up to 14 guests can be accommodated.
1.7km North of center 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.
From R 800,00
Per unit, per night.
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.
Sleeps: 12 in 4 units/rooms
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.
2.4km South of center 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...
Sleeps: 4 in 2 units/rooms
From R 750,00
Per unit, per night.
2.6km South East of center 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...
Sleeps: 18 in 5 units/rooms
From R 1 100,00
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2.7km South of center of Rhodes Memorial
Jaqui's Garden Guesthouse sits in the heart of Cape Town's leafy, green and lush southern suburbs. It has a perfect location, and is right next to one of Cape Town's finest hotels, the Vineyard Hotel, and 5 minutes walk from Claremont's Cavendish...
2.9km South East of center 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 ...
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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