Sights, Shops & Sport Aplenty
Cape Town's Southern Suburbs include the residential areas of Rosebank, Rondebosch, Claremont, Newlands, Wynberg, Grassy Park, as well as some of the country's favourite tourists attractions - in particular, the unique and famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden. Travelling southbound from the city centre you will pass through:
The quaint suburb of Rosebank boasts four important landmarks: the historical Mostert's Mill (1796); the neo-classical Rhodes Memorial, which was designed by Sir Herbert Baker and was built in 1912 to honour mining magnate and one-time Cape Premier, Cecil John Rhodes; The University of Cape Town (1925); and the Groote Schuur homestead, which was built on the site of the Dutch East India Company's granaries, and now houses fine antiques and Africana (visits by arrangement).
Claremont is home to one of Cape Town's trendiest shopping venues, the award-winning Cavendish Square Shopping Centre, with more than 180 stores, 15 restaurants and 16 cinemas as well as a full programme of special events and school holiday activities.
Newlands is known to South Africans as the home of the Western Province Cricket and Rugby teams, the Newlands Stadium and Cricket fields have seen some of this country's greatest test triumphs (and a few test disasters - about which it's best to keep very quiet).
The Josephine Mill (1840) is the only surviving water mill in Cape Town. It houses a museum with water-wheel and blacksmith's tools, and offers guided tours, milling demonstrations, a museum shop and tea garden.
The 528 hectare Kirstenbosch Garden is one of South Africa's biggest tourist attractions. It comprises a cultivated section and a nature reserve which stretches as high as Maclear's Beacon - 1086m above sea level on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain.