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Rhodes Memorial
Rhodes Memorial

Rhodes Memorial

Free admission
Cape Town

The Basics

You can climb the 49 steps of the Rhodes Memorial and enjoy refreshments in theRhodes Memorial Restaurant and Tea Garden on many sightseeing tours of Cape Town. Ambitious visitors might take a guided hike from Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden to the memorial on a full-day tour that may offer other hiking opportunities. Those looking for thrills can stop by the memorial on a sidecar tour of the Cape Peninsula.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Rhodes Memorial is a must-see for those seeking views, history, and picturesque dining.

  • The memorial is accessible on foot or by car.

  • The restaurant offers everything from tea to full South African meals served on its outdoor terraces.

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How to Get There

The Rhodes Memorial is located behind the University of Cape Town on the back side of Table Mountain. To visit by car, take the M3 to exit 8 for Rondebosch and follow the signs to the memorial. You can also hike to the memorial by following the signs from Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

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When to Get There

While you can visit the memorial at any time, the restaurant is open from 9am to 5pm. If you plan to hike to the memorial or explore the trails surrounding the site, it is best to visit in the morning or evening to avoid the heat of the day. Plus, photo opportunities of the city below are better in the softer morning or evening light.

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Hiking to Rhodes Memorial

The steep, forested walking path from Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden to Rhodes Memorial is well-maintained with easy-to-follow signs that lead you up the eastern flank of Table Mountain. Hikers should allow for three hours to reach the memorial and extra time to enjoy the views and lunch in the restaurant before hiking back to the gardens. Alternatively, arrange transportation to or from the memorial so you only have to hike one way.

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