Attractions & Activities
Canal Walk Shopping Centre
Canal Walk is situated next to the N1 and is about a 15-minute drive from Cape Town. This is truly a paradise for shoppers, and there is a big variety of shops to go to, but wear comfortable shoes as you will be doing a lot of walking. The shops range from designer stores, to supermarkets, to arts and crafts. The food court is especially impressive with a huge large screen TV, so your male companions can watch that crucial sport tournament whilst you can go search for perfect gifts for the folks at home. Another great thing about this shopping centre is that you can spend the whole day there, as there is an exciting amusement park called Ratanga Junction, right next door.
Rondebosch Golf Course
Klipfontein Road, Rondebosch East, Cape Town, South Africa. Ten minutes from the city centre, and situated with magnificent views of Devil's Peak and Table Mountain from most holes, the Rondebosch Golf Club is a popular choice for locals and foreign visitors. The river which winds through the course provides challenges to the players and is home to a variety of bird life.
This course is essentially a return to the original concept of golf, being very much a parkland-type of golf course from which the game evolved. Some tight driving holes, compounded by undulating fairways and the ever-present threat of strong winds provide some interesting play. The course has been changed recently and some new features have been added making the course a good test of golf for all levels.
Newlands Rugby Stadium
Newlands Stadium is located in the leafy suburb of Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa. The decision to buy the ground the stadium stands on was made by the Western Province Rugby and Football Union in 1888. The first official matches were played at Newlands on Saturday 31 May 1890 when Villager and Stellenbosch met in such muddy conditions that the curtain-raiser between Bishops and Hamiltons had to be cancelled.
The records show that the university side won by a ‘goal to a try' - the ‘goal' was described by the legendary Fairy Heatlle as ‘the most remarkable dropped kick I have seen'. The famous ground was to see many more such unforgettable moments. Newlands is currently the home ground of the Stormers Super 14 side as well as the Western Province who play in the Currie Cup. The Ajax Cape Town soccer club also plays it's home games here. The stadium currently has a capacity of 50,900 people and is an all seater venue
There is a granite Celtic cross in Kirstenbosch marking the grave of the garden's first director, Professor Harold Pearson, and it bears the inscription: 'If ye seek his monument, look around.' It is an apt and moving injunction - the grave is surrounded by one of the world's most famous reserves of indigenous flora.
Established in 1895, it's the oldest and largest botanical garden in South Africa and one of the Seven Magnificent Botanical Gardens of the World. This showcase of South Africa's rich floral wealth has an enormous plant collection, roughly 9 000 of the countries' 22 000 species. The beautiful Kirstenbosch gardens cover an area of 528 hectares with 36 hectares of cultivated garden.
The gardens are a celebration of South African flora - showcasing only indigenous South African plants. Fynbos, proteas, cycads and rolling lawns are intermingled with streams and ponds and well-laid out pathways for easy walking. A great variety of birds inhabit the gardens and the sweeping views from the upper slopes are spectacular. Whether for a casual stroll, a more strenuous walk or a lazy picnic, the gardens are a must-see when visiting Cape Town.