The Southern Suburbs Region, Cape Town

The group of suburbs lying south east of the City Bowl and Table Mountain in Cape Town are collectively known as the ‘southern suburbs’.

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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).

Did you know? 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.

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.

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Destinations in the Southern Suburbs Region

Athlone

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Athlone lies to the east of the city centre in what's commonly known as the Cape Flats - a large and very flat section of low-lying land to the southeast of the City Bowl, colourfully described as apartheid's 'dumping ground'. Athlone is a large subur...

Claremont

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Another of Cape Town’s suburbs divided by Main Road, Claremont, is virtually synonymous with the trendy Cavendish Square, and quaint semi-detached cottages much sought after as ‘starter’ homes or for the young and single. Claremont is some 20 minutes’...

Constantia Valley

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Rich in heritage and beauty, the Constantia Valley is the birthplace of the South African wine industry. Explore the five historic farms on the Constantia Valley wine route and savour the wines that were the toast of European nobility in the 18th century....

Harfield Village

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Admittedly, tagging on the description - 'Harfield Village' – to advertise property well out of the boundaries of Claremont's Harfield Village happens often. Apartments in lower Kenilworth and Claremont suddenly find their way into the village on the map....

Kenilworth

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Stay in the convenient locale of the southern suburbs when you book your holiday accommodation in Kenilworth, home to some of the best hotels in Cape Town. This pretty suburb is flanked by the Constantia Winelands and the world-renowned Kirstenbosch B...

Lansdowne

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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 - that lie beneath...

Mowbray

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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 reputation as...

Newlands

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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 some gorgeous ho...

Observatory

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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 little run-down, par...

Ottery

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The Cape Town suburb of Ottery is located in the Southern Suburbs of the Mother City, close to Plumstead, Wynberg, Kenilworth and the massive region known as the Cape Flats. This is a residential area that is well serviced by public transport providers, a...

Pinelands

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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 are sprawling a...

Plumstead

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The fairly large suburb of Plumstead, just south of Wynberg, divided into two by the Main Road and the railway line, could easily be mistaken for the English village after which it is named - if a village is possible in the heart of London’s Greenwich or ...

Rondebosch

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Stay in the heart of Cape Town in one of it's prettiest pretty suburbs when you book your holiday 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 ...

Rosebank

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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 Victorian, many of which...

Wynberg

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Only 10 kilometres from the centre of Cape Town, Wynberg is high on visitors’ lists mainly because of the Old Wynberg Village, declared an urban conservation area and home to one of the biggest collections of historic properties in a declared conservation...

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