Western Cape DestinationsRondebosch, Southern Suburbs
The leafy suburb of Rondebosch is perhaps most sought after for its incredible views of Table Mountain, but also because of its architectural beauty and easy access to the city of Cape Town. Rondebosch was where the very first permanent title of land in Africa was issued by Van Riebeeck. He named the area after a clump of thorn trees - ‘Het Ronde Doornbosjen’ - which over time, evolved into Rondebosch (round tree).
What remains of this original settlement is today central to Rondebosch - a large greenbelt, known as the Rondebosch Common (photograph) and a National Monument - loved by the community and home to a number of unique indigenous plant species. Rondebosch has some beautiful examples of Victorian homes and first-rate renditions of Sir Herbert Baker architecture.
Rondebosch fountains lie in the centre of the suburb, where Belmont Road meets Main, and it’s here you can pick up a bunch of fresh-cut flowers from the local flower seller. Rondebosch is only 5 km from the centre of Cape Town, close to the M5 and M3, and access to Cape Town's beaches and Kirstenbosch is easy.