The fashionable Newlands suburb lies on the upper reaches of the Liesbeeck River. The seventeenth-century Dutch Governor Adriaan van der Stel built his country home in this area and Lady Anne Barnard had her cottage called “Paradise” here. The suburb of Claremont suburb was originally the Weltevreden Estate.
Adventure And Sport
Hiking in Newlands Forest: Amongst the tall trees there are many hiking paths that lead to the Newlands Reservoir. Beyond the reservoir is the pine forest and the Newlands Stream, which can also be explored on foot.
Kenilworth Racecourse: This competitive establishment is located in Rosmead Avenue, Kenilworth and is home to the SA Turf Club. The highlight of summer racing, the annual J&B Metropolitan Handicap, is held here.
Sport: Newlands is the home of the well-known Newlands Cricket Grounds and Newlands Rugby Stadium.
Fauna And Flora
Arderne Gardens: Located in Main Road, Claremont, the gardens are a spectacular example of Victorian gardens and have the finest collection of trees in Southern Africa. Ralph Henry Arderne established the gardens, originally part of the Arderne Estate, in 1845. The municipality acquired them in 1927 on the death of Arderne’s son.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens: These wonderful gardens are situated in Rhodes Drive and are world renowned for their magnificent setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain and for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora they contain. Their formally designed flower-beds blend into the natural surrounding fynbos and the yellowwood forests of the mountain slopes. This botanical garden, which contains only flora indigenous to Southern Africa, boasts over 5 000 species. Footpaths meander through the garden, leading up into the mountain slopes above and eventually to the top of Table Mountain. The Braille Trail and the Fragrance Garden – filled with fragrant plants that visitors are encouraged to touch and smell – have labels in large print and Braille. Musical sunset concerts are held on the lawns in summer and exhibitions of African sculpture may be found competing for attention with the flowers. Kirstenbosch also hosts specialised plant exhibitions. There are restaurants, and a newly established Botanical Society Conservatory displays succulent plants from drier regions of the country, as well as specialised collections of alpines, bulbs, ferns and stone-plants (small succulents). The Kirstenbosch nursery is deeply involved in the propagation of indigenous plants, particularly endangered species, and in promoting their cultivation in ordinary home gardens. For more information on Kirstenbosch, consult the article on botanical gardens. The gardens also form part of the Cape Peninsula National Park.
History And Architecture
Josephine Mill: Situated on the Liesbeeck River in Boundary Road, the mill is the only remaining working watermill of the nine that used to provide the Cape area with flour more than 150 years ago. It was built in 1840. The Cape’s industrial past comes to life for visitors as they are shown the mill in operation. The flour used by the mill’s restaurant, is ground at the mill itself and is also on sale to the public. Guided walks, Sunday Summer Concerts and the Winter School also attract visitors.
Obelisk: The Obelisk marks the site where Herschel’s telescope was erected in 1842.
Ohlsson’s Brewery: Guided tours are conducted of the oldest brewery in the country, located in Main Road, Newlands.
SA Rugby Museum: Situated in Boundary Road, the museum is one of the largest rugby museums in the world and its exhibits date back to 1891. This museum is next to the Newlands Rugby Stadium.