Western Cape Tourist AttractionsThe Southern Suburbs
The group of suburbs lying south east of the City Bowl and Table Mountain in Cape Town are collectively known as the ‘southern suburbs’.
Rosebank, Rondebosch, Observatory (known as Obs), Mowbray, Pinelands, Claremont, Kenilworth, Newlands, Bishopscourt, and Wynberg are also more established and sought after than their northern counterparts; although property right at the coast on the Atlantic Seaboard is still amongst the most exclusive in Cape Town.
For the most part, the Southern Suburbs lie at the base of Table Mountain National Park, a mountainous backbone that stretches all the way from Signal Hill to Cape Point, creating an impressive backdrop that infuses the southern suburbs with a natural leafiness, in most part due to the frequent blanket of clouds that tend to hang over the mountains, and relative shelter from the wind.
The southern suburbs are predominantly residential, and most of them incredibly pretty with a variety of older-style homes that range from cottage-style semis in Mowbray, Claremont and Wynberg, to more ornate and certainly far larger homes in Constantia, Newlands and Bishopscourt (also see the Constantia Valley).
Extensive gardens, pretty shopping areas like Cavendish Street from the Vineyard Road corner in Claremont, and Wynberg village; the cosmopolitan high street of Observatory, and attractions like Kirstenbosch, Mostert’s Mill in Mowbray, the Baxter Theatre in Rosebank and the Irma Stern Museum, make this part of Cape Town rather attractive.
It is also the home of the University of Cape Town, which lies on the mountain above Rosebank, Rondebosh, Mowbray and Obs. As a result these parts are often a good place in which to party when the budget is tight, and there are many student digs and a lively street atmosphere.
Popular Towns in the Southern Suburbs
Overnight? Accommodation in Claremont
Claremont is some 20 minutes’ drive from the centre of Cape Town, either along Main Road or along the M3. It’s also easily accessible from town by train, and Claremont’s Main Road is a hive of activity as taxis joust for clientele, whilst...
More info and photographs: Claremont Information
Stay? Accommodation in Constantia Valley
One of the most beautiful valleys in the Cape, the Constantia Valley, is an abundant array of forests, hills, stately historical homes and vineyards - a heady mix of old and new that lies nestled in the shadow of the Constantia Mountain, just...
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Stay? Accommodation in Harfield Village
Victorian and Edwardian cottages decorate the tree-lined, numbered avenues, and English sounding streets with names like Surrey, Norfolk and Suffolk. A lot of these are semi-detached and make perfect starter homes, and there is a real...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Kenilworth
A leafy suburb, upper Kenilworth is a well established part of Cape Town and homes here are large and expensive with extensive gardens. Across the railway line and south of Main Road, away from the mountain, Kenilworth still offers...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Lansdowne
The suburb of Lansdowne lies east of the M5, right next door to Rondebosch East and Crawford, bordered to the south by Race Course Road and to the north by Lawson Road. It is connected to Claremont and the more westerly southern suburbs...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Mowbray
Mowbray, an alternatively chic neighbourhood, with beautiful examples of Victorian terraced homes on the banks of the Liesbeek River, and a student digs with a healthy mix of north Africans and refugee communities that have given Mowbray its...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Newlands
Synonymous with the world of rugby and cricket, Newlands is known as Cape Town’s ‘green’ suburb - located against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain only 15 minutes’ from the centre of Cape Town city. This leafy, upmarket suburb has...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Observatory
Observatory, fondly known as ‘Obz’, has a distinctly bohemian flavour and those who identify with the young, trendy and artistic buy quaint, semi-detached and larger renditions of Victorian terraced homes here. Some of these are a...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Ottery
Ottery was established in the early part of the 1900’s, thanks to the railway line, which had initially been a private line but was soon opened up to the public. Today, the train and many of the local busses and taxis pass right through Ottery...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Pinelands
Although attributed with looking distinctly English, Pinelands’ wide streets lined with its distinctive pine trees, hence the name, falls short of the narrow lanes and one-up-one-down style homes that dominate English towns. Homes here...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Rondebosch
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...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Rosebank
Wedged in between Mowbray and Rondebosch, the suburb of Rosebank is similarly home to a number of the University of Cape Town’s students who make use of the many blocks of flats in the Village of Rosebank. Homes here are primarily...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Athlone
Athlone is a large suburb that contains within it smaller residential areas like Crawford, Bridgetown, Kewtown and Silvertown. Athlone is also a superb place in which to find traditional Malay and Indian food and delicacies, which you can...
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