Rhodes memorial lies at the foot of Devil’s Peak in the Table Mountain National Park, and offers visitors spectacular views of Cape Town towards the Hottentots Holland mountains. The position chosen was Rhodes’ favourite viewing site.
The magnificent vistas over Cape Town, as well as the historical importance and interest of Rhodes memorial, make this a fantastic place to spend a few hours. Many people come to the memorial to take pictures, wedding photos, and picnic on the grounds.
Rhodes memorial was designed by Sir Herbert Baker, and was built in 1912 to honour former Cape Colony prime minister and mining magnate Cecil John Rhodes, and his contribution to Cape Town and the colony.
The memorial is built from Cape granite from Table Mountain, and has 49 steps – one for each year of Rhodes’s life. The Doric columns were inspired by Rhodes’s appreciation of classical architecture, and the eight lions were modeled on those at the base of Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, London.
There is a bronze bust of Rhodes featuring a poem written by his close friend, Rudyard Kipling. The statue of Physical Energy at the base of the steps was commissioned as a tribute to his drive and determination.
The memorial affords visitors views to the north-east of Cape Town. Directly behind the memorial, on an elevated terrace, you will find the Rhodes Memorial Restaurant. The restaurant is open seven days a week from 09h00 to 17h00. It serves al fresco meals daily, ranging from lovely salads to baguettes, platters and fresh fish. It is also renowned for its fresh cakes and desserts, created on the premises. Enjoy splendid views from the sun terrace in summer, and a log fire in winter.
The memorial is open to the public in winter (May to September) from 08h00 to 18h00, and in summer (October to April) from 07h30 to 19h00. Entry is free.