This residential area is named after the SA Astronomical Observatory and lies east of the city centre between the Liesbeeck and Black Rivers. The area is inhabited mainly by students and its many cafés, pubs and live music venues make it a popular entertainment venue.

Adventure And Sport

Hiking: Guided walks can be undertaken along the Liesbeeck River, which meanders through the southern suburbs of Cape Town, areas rich in bird life. The lower section, particularly the Raapenberg Bird Sanctuary, is very popular among bird-watchers.

Entertainment And Shopping

Factory Shops: Observatory with its many factory shops caters for all those who cannot resist a bargain.

History And Architecture

Groote Schuur Transplant Museum: Positioned off De Waal Drive, the museum was the scene of the first heart transplant in the world, performed by Dr Christiaan Barnard in 1967. The museum is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 09:00 to 12:30.

Valkenberg Manor House: The building was built in 1770 and lies just off Liesbeeck Parkway. It is one of the oldest Cape Dutch houses in the Cape and has been faithfully restored. Today it is the reception area of the Courtyard at Cape Town Hotel.

Other Attractions

SA Astronomical Observatory: For those who would like to take a really good look at our skies, a visit to the observatory is essential. It was established in 1821 by the British Admiralty and lies just off Liesbeeck Parkway.

Every day, except Sundays, the observatory sends an electric impulse to fire the Noon Gun on Signal Hill.

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