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Cape Peninsula / Page 2



I n f o r m a t i o n :
Cape Town Tourism {+27 (0) 21 - 4264260} at the The Pinnacle, Corner Castle & Burg Streets, Cape Town.
Peninsula Tourism {+27 (0) 21 - 7886193} at The Pavilion, Beach Road, Muizenberg.
Cape Point Information {+27 (0) 21 - 7809200}

Cape Peninsula - Inland

From the city centre, the drive along the Eastern Boulevard takes visitors along the M3 towards Muizenberg. Take the turn off into Rhodes Avenue to Rosebank where Mostert's Mill (1796) is situated. It is one of only two Dutch windmills in the Cape. Further down Rhodes Avenue, turn right into Cecil Road where you will find the Irma Stern Museum.

The Main Road passes the Presidents' homes, Groote Schuur and Westbrook, both built on Cecil John Rhodes' estate. If one turns right up Klipper Road and drives towards the mountain and under the bridge, there is an entrance to Rhodes Memorial. The site was chosen by Sir Herbert Baker and Rudyard Kipling, both close friends of Rhodes. The design is based on the Greek temple at Segesta, overlooking the sea.

Josephine Mill is situated in Boundary Road on the Mariendahl Estate, near the Rugby Stadium. The South African Rugby Football Union Museum is housed here and is the one of the largest of its kind in the world. Its exhibits date back to 1891.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is world renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. This botanical garden, which grows only flora indigenous to southern Africa boasts over 5000 species, including favourite South African plants such as proteas, ericas, restios and pelargoniums.

The Botanical Society Conservatory houses succulent plants from the drier regions of the country as well as special collections of alpines, bulbs, ferns and stone plants (small succulents).

The garden is open 365 days a year from 08h00 - 19h00 (September - March) and from 08h00 - 18h00 (April - August). A nominal entrance fee is charged. The garden also has a gift and book shop, plant nursery, coffee shop and restaurant.

Guided walks leave from the Information Office at 11h00 on Tuesdays and Saturdays. On Sundays during the summer months (December - March) musical sunset concerts are held on the lawns.

From Kirstenbosch, it is a short drive to the valley of Constantia, the cradle of the wine industry in South Africa. The first quality wines were produced here. Constantia today is divided up into *Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia, Coleyn, *Buitenverwagting, Nova Constantia, *Constantia Uitsig, Silverhurst, Bergvliet and Witte Boomen. The present name of this Klein Constantia is the Hope of Constantia, situated behind Groot Constantia and next to Coleyn. There is another *Klein Constantia which was built in 1790 and is situated at the end of Klein Constantia Road. (*Functioning Wine Estates)

From Constantia, take a drive to Tokai where you will find the Tokai Manor House at the top of Tokai Road near the entrance to the forest reserve. This house dates back to 1795. The Tokai Forests offer pleasant walks and picnic sites.

Cape Peninsula - East Coast

From Tokai take the road to Muizenberg, which is an old-fashioned village on the shores of False Bay.

The Carnegie Library was built in 1910 and now forms part of the South African Police Museum, together with the Old Post Office and The Posthuys. The Posthuys (Post House) is the oldest European house in South Africa (1673). Rhodes' Cottage, on the Main Road, is now a museum. The Fort now houses the Natalé Labia Museum, which is used by the South African National Gallery as an exhibition venue.

The tidal pool at St James and the little beach named Danger Beach are popular. The attractive little fishing harbour at Kalk Bay also boasts a tidal pool opposite the railway station.

Around the corner is Fish Hoek beach, which is a favourite spot for hobie-catting.

The Naval base of Simon's Town (named after Simon van der Stel) is around the corner. The beaches are the main attraction in summer and in particular Boulders Beach, which is recommended for diving and safe swimming.

The South African Naval Museum in the Mast House, West Dockyard, contains ship models and other naval relics. Nearby is the Stem Pastorie which houses a collection of national emblems; it was here that the music for 'Die Stem' was composed.

Follow the road towards the entrance to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point.

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