This suburb is home to some of the oldest and most prominent buildings in Cape Town, including the University of Cape Town, the oldest university in South Africa. Along with the historic architecture, Rondebosch has an extensive history dating all the way back to 1657.
Rondebosch is located 9 km via the M57 and N2 from Cape Town and 14 km, via the N2, from Cape Town International Airport.
In 1657 the Dutch received free citizen status and were given land on the banks of the Liesbeek River. This land was predominantly used to grow wheat. In this particular spot a few thorn trees formed a circular grove and they named the area Ronde Doorn Bosje. Eventually the name was shortened to Rondebosch. Groote Schuur Estate was bought in 1893 by Cecil John Rhodes. Unfortunately it was mostly destroyed by a fire in 1896, so Rhodes had it rebuilt and designed by Sir Herbert Baker. It was in this building that the "Groote Schuur Minute" was signed by Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk on 4 May 1990.
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Rondebosch might sound most appealing to history buffs but this beautiful suburb is a pleasure to visit every time. While keeping true to its cultural roots it certainly offers some unique experiences to be enjoyed by young and old.
The word "theatre" might bring forth some eye rolling and images of pure boredom to some people, but the Baxter has successfully entertained people from all cultures and ages since opening its doors in 1977. It supports all types of South African performance art, from ballet to comedy. The impressive building and multicultural reputation of this magnificent theatre is something that needs to be experienced. So, have a look at their website to see what's playing and make a night of it.
Grootte Schuur Estate
Today this is a museum and can be toured by appointment only but if you love history, architecture or find politics intriguing, pick up the phone. It is well worth a visit and considering it was designed by Sir Herbert Baker it will certainly impress one way or the other.
Okay, so this activity has always been associated with the more senior generation but lately more and more "younger" generations have been trying their hand at it. It may seem simple but this game needs some serious skill. Anyone who has tried their hand at bowling can attest to the fact that making a ball roll towards a specific target is not easy. Change the pins and large ball to two smaller balls, add grass and wind to the equation and you have the perfect recipe for a fun day outdoors.
Virtual Sound Studio:
If you've ever considered yourself to be a bit of a composer or the next big DJ to hit the decks, you have to try this. Without any prior music knowledge this studio gives you the opportunity to learn everything there is to know about electronic sound effects. It is conveniently situated at the Baxter Theatre and offers once off courses as well as long term courses. Kids ages 6 and up are welcome.
When you visit Rondebosch and drive down the main road be sure to keep a look out for the Fountain Street light. Though not a fountain but more a watering hole for dogs and horses, it is rumoured to have been the first electricity run streetlight. It was donated to the Rondebosch community in 1791. Yup, definitely a suburb for the history buffs.