About Rondebosch

Rondebosch is situated in the Southern Suburbs, in Cape Town, South Africa. Show on Map

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.

Most of the students of the University of Cape Town live in Rondebosch. The campus, which sits on the slopes of Devil’s Peak, stretches up the slopes - a landmark of the city. Other buildings of note and historical consequence include Mostert’s Mill (the landmark windmill) and the Presidential home, where Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk co-signed the ‘Groote Schuur Minute’, as a commitment to a peaceful negotiation process in 1990 - the beginning of the end of Apartheid.

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.

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Sandown Lodge

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Sandown Lodge

Sandown Lodge is a charming 19th Century Georgian House, centrally situated in picturesque surroundings. Its central ... more

Rondebosch Guest Cottages

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Rondebosch Guest Cottages

Nestled at the foot of Table Mountain and right below the University of Cape Town, Rondebosch Guest Cottages offers fully ... more

Robin's Nest Rondebosch

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Robin's Nest Rondebosch

Robin’s Nest is a home from home in the quiet suburb of Rondebosch. The comfortable living conditions, leafy surrounds ... more

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