Explore Historic Rondebosch - Cape Town's oldest suburb
Jan Van Riebeeck, looking down from Table Mountain soon after his arrival in the Cape in 1652, noticed a distinctive formation of thorn trees in a round cluster. He called it "Het Ronde Doornbosjen".
The area was ideal for the cultivation of wheat and was to become the granary of the Cape, a heritage that continues in the name of the suburbs most famous house "Groote Schuur" (large barn), the imposing home built by empire builder and prime minister of the Cape province, Cecil Rhodes.
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is located in Rondebosch. The university is one of the oldest in South Africa and is a vibrant academic community of some 16 000 students and 4 500 members of staff. The main campus occupies a beautiful site on the slopes of Table Mountain.
UCT is a comprehensive university offering a full range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. It is also a major centre for research and has exchange agreements and links with universities on the African continent and throughout the world.
The Baxter Theatre Centre in Cape Town began to become a reality in 1960 when, in terms of the will of the late Dr W. Duncan Baxter, an amount of money was bequeathed to the University of Cape Town for the purpose of establishing a theatre which would, in the words of Dr Baxter, "develop and cultivate the arts in Cape Town and the adjacent districts".
The theatre provides an exciting forum for the celebration of life which is the essence of live theatre, music and dance. It is one of the major live theatre venues in Cape Town and has always been at the forefront of the performing arts both as a popular venue and as a leading producer.
Mostert's Mill was built on a farm in the valley of the Liesbeek River at the end of the 18th century. The farm was Welgelegen, the property of Gysbert van Reenen, a member of one of the foremost families at the Cape.
It is believed that the windmill was built in 1796 the year after the battle of Muizenberg when the British took control of the Cape.
Guided tours of the mill and demonstrations of the milling process are conducted by the five Millers operating this National monument. They can be seen in action on most Saturdays between 10h00 and 15h00, if the weather permits.
The neighbouring suburb of Newlands is home to two of South Africas major sporting venues, the Newlands Cricket Ground and the Newlands Rugby Stadium, home of the Western Province rugby team.
Both venues have been through extensive renovations and expansion in recent years and are comparable to the best in the world.