Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs Travel Map
Cape Town’s southern suburbs include some of the more established neighbourhoods in the Mother City. In general these areas are leafy, tree-lined and many are affluent, with pleasant shady properties and plenty of lush vegetation.
Mowbray, Observatory, Rosebank and Rondebosch have a very different feel due to as a large community of students based at the University of Cape Town's campus.
If you spot a large, traditional windmill along the M3, it is Mostert’s Mill, the oldest surviving windmill in South Africa. The mill was built in 1796 and restored in 1935, and is in working order and operated by the Friends of Mostert’s Mill. It is open to the public most Saturday.
On the slopes of Devil’s Peak. you can see an impressive temple – this is the Rhodes Memorial built in honour of Cecil John Rhodes. Stop by for a lunch with a wonderful view at the onsite restaurant, then wander among the statues and pillars of this remarkable Sir Herbert Baker designed monument which was completed in 1912.
The popular residential neighbourhoods of Newlands and Claremont are serviced by excellent shopping malls (Cavendish Square in Claremont is a must for lovers of great shopping opportunities) good schools, sports and recreational grounds such as the world-renowned Newlands Stadium, and other well-run facilities.
In exclusive residential suburb Bishopscourt visit the lush Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. One of the world’s greatest horticultural institutions, Kirstenbosch is situated on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, comprises 560 ha adorned with over 6000 species of trees and plants. In summer, concerts featuring local and international musicians are held at sunset each Sunday evening in the gardens.
Kenilworth is home to Cape Town’s renowned horse racing track, the Kenilworth Racecourse. Access Park nearby is a great centre to pick up clothing, shoes, home and lifestyle goodies and more at factory prices.
Constantia is a lush rural residential area dominated by historical wine farms including Groot Constantia. This is the oldest wine estate in South Africa and was established in 1685 by the then Governor of the Cape of Good Hope, Simon van der Stel. Enjoy wine tasting, fine dining at one of the many excellent eateries in the area, or shop at the popular and elegant Constantia Village Shopping Centre.
Scenic Chapman’s Peak drive, starting in Hout Bay, links the Atlantic Seaboard at Llandudno to the ‘Deep South’ – part of the Southern Suburbs between Muizenberg and Cape Point.( Check if Chapman’s Peak is open as this route is sometimes closed due to rock falls or roadworks.)
Along the drive to Cape Point is verdant Noordhoek, comprising residential small holdings and farms, residential houses and one of the most beautiful stretched of beach in the country. Enjoy a delectable breakfast at Franck Swainston (previously of La Colombe)’s The Foodbarn, or a tasty lunch at Café Roux, both at the Noordhoek Farm Village.
Drive towards the beach and you’ll find The Red Herring – a trading centre best known for the rowdy local crowd at Skebanga’s Pub – home of great beer and excellent sunsets.
Long Beach stretches from Noordhoek to Kommetjie. A slow stroll or horseride along this white, open beach will take you past the Kakapo Wreck. Captain Nicolaysen, at the helm of the Kakapo which had sailed from Sydney, mistook Chapman’s Peak for Cape Point and thought he was heading for False Bay, but instead ended up wrecked so high up on Noordhoek beach the crew could climb ashore without wetting their feet! Since 1918 Slangkop Lighthouse at Kommetjie has helped other skippers avoid making the same mistake.
Drive from Kommetjie, a laid-back fishing village, towards the beautiful Cape Point Nature Reserve, and you’ll encounter the coastal villages of Misty Cliffs, an eco-village and Scarborough, a nature-lovers’ haven and surfer’s paradise.
Approaching False Bay from Cape Town on the opposite coastline of the Cape Peninsula you’ll find Muizenberg, home of many a surf school. Send the kids for surf lessons while you enjoy a delicious omelets at the Empire Café of a relaxed lunch at Knead on the beachfront. Sinnful next door has the most talked-about ice cream in Cape Town.
Shortly after the peaceful St James with its instantly recognizable beach and tidal pool you come to Kalk Bay. This vibrant fishing village has attracted an interesting collection of artists, families and bohemian types. The main road is packed with fascinating and unique stores. Enjoy cocktails at Cape to Cuba – a riotously decorated eatery right on the railway line. Decide whether the Brass Bell, a true Cape Town institute, or Polana, a newer, trendier kid of the block, has the better view of crashing waves and agile surfers. Bohemian Olympia Café continues to cook up a storm and attract diners from all over the city.
Fish Hoekhas one of the most loved family beaches in the land. Go down early in the morning, get a cup of take-away coffee from the Bayside Bistro and stroll along the I km beach to Clovelly to feel like a real local.
At the end of the railway line you’ll find historic Simon’s Town, home of the South African navy. Visit the penguin colony at Seaforth and Boulders beaches and enjoy a cold beverage at Bertha’s, at Simon’s Town’s own Waterfront. Simon’s Town is full of charming historical buildings and has a number of active art and sculpture galleries.
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