Explore Capetonian culture at Rhodes Memorial

Explore the Capetonian culture with a visit to Rhodes Memorial, learn about the struggles and hardships that South African people have overcome, and explore the activities and things to do that Rhodes Memorial has on offer.

History of Rhodes Memorial

Rhodes Memorial was completed in 1912 to commemorate English born South African politician Cecil John Rhodes. Situated on the northern slope of Devil’s peak, this was Cecil’s favourite spot on the Table Mountain range. Visitors can sit on the exact bench known as Rhodes’s own wooden bench that overlooks the leafy suburbs below.

Rhodes was a champion for the British imperial colonisation of Africa and owned many prime pieces of land below the memorial site which he donated to the people of the country shortly after his death. Today the land is home to UCT’s campus, Groote Schuur Hospital, The Presidential Home and Kirstenbosch’s National Botanical Garden, all of which were donated by Cecil to the country after his death.