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Historic monument with Greek facade
The site for the memorial was Rhodes' favorite spot in the Cape and was chosen by pal Rudyard Kipling and the architect Sir Herbert Baker. Rhodes Memorial comprises of a giant granite staircase (the stone plucked from Table Mountain itself) leading up to a Greek style temple facade.
The entire structure is flanked by huge bronze lions. Herds of wildebeest and zebra roam the surrounding grassy slopes, unperturbed by the honking on the M3 highway below. Monument aside, the real reason you’ll want to visit is the magnificent view out over the Cape Flats and beyond.
You can almost see Rhodes’s Cape to Cairo railway stretching ahead of you, as you sip a cuppa in the tea room and ponder your next imperial takeover. The monument is fairly isolated with lots of nooks and crannies, so it’s best not to come up here alone or at night.