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Think of Cape Town’s southern suburbs and ‘leafy, parklike setting’ comes to mind. The southern suburbs of Cape Town extend from Observatory to Steenberg Estate in the south and Constantia in the west to Ottery eastwards.
Two of Cape Town’s major highways run through the southern suburbs for easy access to the airport and city centre.
The southern suburbs encircle Cape Town’s oldest wine producing area and the national botanical gardens. Also within this area is the University of Cape Town and some of South Africa’s oldest and finest schools.
The area experiences slightly more rain than other parts of Cape Town and is interspersed with lush, green belts and beautiful homes.
Things to do
Here are a few things to do in each of the suburbs –
The 11 wine estates carpet the entire Constantia Valley in greenery in summer. The best-known wine estate is Groot Constantia directly on the Purple Wine Tour bus route, however all the estates have appealing characteristics and are worth visiting.
Adrenalin junkies can experience one of the longest ziplines in South Africa at the Silvermist Estate.
On the border of this elite suburb lies Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, unique for its display of mostly endemic flora. Several Table Mountain hiking trails begin here. A tree canopy walkway called the Boomslang is extremely popular and there are 2 restaurants on the premises. The acres of garden are ideal for picnics and during summer, Kirstenbosch hosts Sunday music events and an open air cinema.
The Rhodes Memorial is situated directly above Rondebosch. The granite memorial is a tribute to Cecil John Rhodes who bequeathed part of his estate to the nation. There are stunning views from the memorial and a popular tea room is alongside.
Enjoy a local production at the Baxter Theatre complex. The annual dance festival is held here... Show more