Rhodes Memorial

Posted by on Aug 26, 2012

Rhodes Memorial

Cecil John Rhodes.

The memorial is situated at Rhodes’s  favourite spot on the lower slopes of Devil’s Peak.  Rhodes’s own wooden bench is still situated below the memorial.  The magnificent view facing northeast can be imagined as the start of the Cape to Cairo road, Rhodes’s imperial dream of a British colonial Africa which had Rhodes as one of its greatest champions.

Rhodes owned vast areas of the lower slopes of Table Mountain, most of which he gave to the nation on his death. Part of his estate was used for the University of Cape Town upper campus, part is now the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, while much of it was spared from developement.