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", the imposing home built by 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. 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.
The Baxter Theatre Centre in Cape Town began to become a reality in 1960. Now the theatre provides an exciting forum for the celebration of life which is the essence of live theatre, music and dance.
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.
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
Cape Town is a cosmopolitan city at the tip of the Africa
The city is small by world standards, being confined as it is between mountain and sea, but the wider metropolitan area is enormous with a journey from Simonstown in the south to Table View in the north involving a journey of almost 100 kilometres, (60miles).
The city is dominated by the towering bulk of Table Mountain which rises over 1000 metres out of the Atlantic Ocean and is visible from over 200 km out to sea on a clear day. There are numerous hiking trails to its 1087 metre summit, or a cable car that takes you to the top where the restaurant offers dinning to one of the most spectacular views to be found anywhere.
Cape Town used to be very much a port city but over the years highways, container terminals and oil storage tanks separated the city from the sea.
The V&A Waterfront development has reunited the citizens of the city with their maritime heritage. It has been a huge success with restaurants, shopping centres, hotels, offices, an aquarium and residential developments making it a popular tourist destination.
Cape Town is a city with something for everyone, with a vibrant night life and plenty of daytime activities visitors will never be bored.
The National Botanical Gardens at Kirstenbosch cover 560 hectares and around 9000 of the 21 000 southern African flowering plants are cultivated there.
The gardens also have a picturesque restaurant and tea garden, famous throughout Cape Town for its breakfasts on the covered terrace. The Sunday evening concerts are a pleasant way to spend a warm summer evening.
The Western Cape is synonymous with wine and the area bounded by the eastern mountains are the Cape Winelands. The early French Huguenot settlers brought their passion for wine-making with them and many of the wine estates carry their legacy with names such as L'Ormarins, L'Avenir, La Provence and Mont Rochelle.
The towns of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch are at the centre of this wine growing area. the annual Nederberg Wine Sales attract buyers from all over the world.
At the southern end of the peninsula is the historic town of Simonstown which is ideally situated for easy access to Cape Point.
Established in 1743 as a port, Simonstown was taken over by the Royal Navy in 1814, under whose control it remained until finally being handed over to the South African Navy in 1957.
No visit to this part of the world is complete without visiting the Boulders Beach penguin colony, one of only two mainland breeding colonies in Africa.
The northern areas of the city are a vibrant combination of urban sprawl and green belts. The area has in recent years become a playground for locals and visitors alike. Some of the more popular attractions include the Canal Walk shopping mall and the nearby Ratanga Junction theme park.
Also in the area are Cape Town's only legal casino, the Grand West Casino in Goodwood and the vibrant Table View sea front entertainment area, which is well served with top class restaurants, pubs and beautiful views of the city and Table Mountain.