Rhodes Memorial is a national landmark in tribute to Cecil John Rhodes, the British-born man who arrived on Cape soil at 17 and went on to become Prime Minister of the Cape Colony. Nestled at the foot of Devil’s Peak, Rhodes Memorial lies within the Table Mountain National Park and the views from up here are absolutely stunning!
Rhodes Memorial was built in 1912, and the spot was chosen because it was Rhodes’ favourite place from which to view the city. Designed by Sir Herbert Baker and Sir Francis Macey with the bronze and Cape granite quarried from Table Mountain, the monument is said to be modeled on the ancient temple found in the Greek area of Segesta. Rhodes Memorial consists of an imposing staircase of 49 steps, one for each year of Rhodes’ life and the design for the 8 lions that form part of the memorial was inspired by those found at Trafalgar Square in London. The lions were the work of John Macallan Swan who is also responsible for the bust of Cecil John Rhodes, located at the top of the stairs.
Views: Panoramic vistas of industrial Cape Town, out over the airport and the Cape Flats and False Bay, and on a clear day, the Helderberg Mountain range.
- Near Rhodes Memorial is a small forest that is home to the majestic Silver tree. Possibly the only place in the world where this native tree grows wild.
- There are forty nine steps – one for each year of Rhodes’ life – leading down to a rostrum.
- You can walk from Rhodes Memorial along a contour path all the way to Kirstenbosch Gardens (left) and Tafelburg road (right) toward the base of the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway.
- Visit the dog friendly Rhodes Memorial restaurant and tea room after taking in the sights of Cape Town