09 August 2013

Rhodes Memorial - Views of Cape Town!

View across towards Somerset West and Northern Suburbs of Cape Town
at Rhodes Memorial
On a clear day, you will see the distant Hangklip Mountains (Rooi Els) on the far right, with False Bay shimmering in the sunlight. The views enable the visitor to see right around to the Blouberg bay area on the left. So two oceans at one glance, with the suburbs of Cape Town spread below.

This is a favourite spot for locals and a must for visitors to Cape Town.

Sir Herbert Baker designed the memorial, to honour Cecil John Rhodes (1853 - 1902) who apparently loved this site.

It is an imposing memorial to a man who was both a mining magnate and the Prime Minister of the Cape Colony at one time. Known for his drive and determination, the 49 steps represent his life.
The monument was completed in 1912.

If you enjoy history, then visit Rhodes Cottage Museum in Muizenberg where Rhodes spent the last years of his life.

It's a fun place to visit - we could see the snow on the distant peaks today although Cape Town was bathed in brilliant sunshine. The Cape never gets enough snow for skiing but those snow-capped mountains sure do bring on the biting cold nights (for us locals used to 8 months of summer!!)

Once you have explored the views, sat on the stone steps to contemplate life of a bygone era, exclaimed at the beauty of the 8 carved lions, climbed the many steps, it is time for some refreshment at the Rhodes Memorial Restaurant.

For the energetic, there are hikes up to the Blockhouse and all the way round to either the Cableway or Kirstenbosch. For safety reasons, do not hike with valuables or on your own.

This spot is a firm favourite with both locals and visitors. Like so many of  Cape Town's attractions, you will often see more locals over week-ends than tourists. During the week, we are all at work (or should be) and it becomes a tourist mecca. We love to share the diversity, beauty and special places of our incredible Mother City, Cape Town!!

Enjoy some refreshments at Rhodes memorial Restaurant

© Judelle Drake

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