Southern Suburbs

The Cape wine industry was born at Groot Constantia, in the Southern Suburbs. Photo courtesy of Bertrand Duperrin

The Southern Suburbs stretch from the base of the Table Mountain National Park towards False Bay. And while it is a collection of neighbourhoods, it is also where you will find world-class wine estates, serene attractions and rocking nightlife.

One of the most popular attractions is the lush Constantia Valley, which forms part of the one of the most exclusive areas in South Africa. One of the wine estates, Groot Constantia, is the birthplace of the South African wine industry.

Must-do's when visiting the area is to go to the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and Rhodes Memorial. Both are ideal for picnicking, walking and as places of reflection. 

Rhodes Memorial is on the slopes of Table Mountain, and has great views of Cape Town. 

The suburb's attractions are diverse – you will also find hippo, and more than 200 species of birds, at the Rondevlei Nature Reserve.

Observatory is where you will find pubs, clubs and restaurants, frequented by many students, thanks to the close proximity of the University of Cape Town. (The suburb is not called Observatory for nothing: the South African Astronomical Observatory was founded there in 1820. It is open to the public every second Saturday evening.)

The Southern Suburbs also include Newlands, a suburb known internationally for its side-by-side rugby and cricket grounds. And right next door to the two stadia is South Africa's oldest brewery.

Observatory's Lower Main Road has lots of restaurants, pubs and clubs. Photo courtesy kosmoseleevike

Shona stone sculptures at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden depict spiritual, traditional and contemporary themes. Photo courtesy Derek Keats


Cango Caves

29km from Oudtshoorn, at the head of the picturesque Cango Valley, lies the spectacular underground wonder of the Klein Karoo - the Cango Caves. Situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the well-known Swartberg Mountains, you will find the finest dripstone caverns, with their vast halls and towering formations.

Southern Suburbs

The Southern Suburbs are a tourist’s delight. The area, which stretches from the slopes of the Table Mountain range to the False Bay coast, offers natural attractions and a vibrant nightlife.

St James

Just a little further on from Cape Town’s well-known Muizenberg beach is St James. Home to a cluster of well-known and oft-photographed bathing boxes on the beach, St James is a picturesque area that offers beachgoers respite from the westerly wind.

Llandudno and Sandy Bay

Only 18km from the Cape Town city centre, an arc of fine white sand gives away the secluded location of one of Cape Town’s most beautiful beaches, Llandudno.


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