#SAHistory, Week 2: Exploring Rhodes Memorial & a hike up Devils Peak


When planning a trip to Cape Town, we always resort back to the same old tourist attractions - climbing up Table Mountain, wine tasting in Stellenbosch, Lunch at The V&A Waterfront, a trip to Robben Island and a picnic at Kirstenbosch botanical gardens. Don't get me wrong, they all remain wonderful, but what other lessor known attractions are there in Cape Town?

For this trip I was on a mission to find something a little bit different to do and what better way to do it than to chat to a local. My friend Tash has lived in Cape Town for many years, and she highly recommended I check out Rhodes Memorial that can be found at the base of Devil's Peak. I had vaguely heard about it in passing, but never really put much thought into it, let alone planned on visiting it.


History was a subject that I most excelled in. There was something about retracing the footsteps of past influencers that got me most excited. Over the last couple of years, I have become immensely fascinated by South African history, and you will recall all my past posts on retracing the footsteps of the Voortrekkers. This is only a small part of my #SAhistory challenge which I started 12 months ago, so you can expect a few more blog posts highlighting SA's top historical sites over the next couple of weeks. My plan is to visit all those places that have made a mark in defining our South Africa and for shaping it to what it is today.

A brief look at the history of Rhodes