Western Cape Tourist AttractionsMostert's Mill
Where? Rhodes Avenue, Mowbray, Southern Suburbs, Cape Town.
How? Call +27 (0)21 782-1305
The history and heritage of Cape Town is a very special part of this cityís appeal, both to locals and to the visitors that frequent it from around the world. The historic monuments and remnants of yesteryear give it a unique character and nostalgia that is quite irresistible.
Mostertís Mill is the only working windmill south of the Sahara. It was constructed in 1796 as a farm windmill on what was once known as the Welgelegen Farm. It is a Cape truncated-cone tower mill, and is characterised by its thatch roof, which stands out as cars whizz by on the busy motorway known De Waal Drive on the M3. It was built according to new standards that would help it to survive the strong winds for which the Mother City is notorious. It is, no doubt, this quality that has helped in the windmillís survival over the centuries, and it stands tall as a testimony to the constructive history of South Africa.
The thatched roof revolves to allow the sails to be turned to the optimal angle so that they can catch the wind and allow the windmill to work best. Next to the windmill are a threshing floor and a home that is likely to have belonged to the miller.
Mostertís Mill is a popular tourist spot for young and old, those who love the history of South Africa, as well as those just looking for something a little different to do during their time in Cape Town. Other attractions that are situated within a short drive from the mill include the V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens and the historical University of Cape Town.