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Information and accommodation options in the Southern Suburbs - Cape Town

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Bishopscourt - Claremont - Constantia - Newlands - Pinelands - Rondebosch
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Claremont Hotels - Constantia Hotels - Newlands - Pinelands
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Bishopscourt - Claremont - Constantia - Kenilworth - Newlands - Pinelands - Rondebosch
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Constantia - Newlands - Pinelands
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Claremont - Constantia - Newlands - Pinelands - Plumstead
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Cape Town's Southern Suburbs - upmarket and more expensive suburbs, close to the city centre and all attractions - a short distance from the Cape Winelands, and even including a wineland area of its own, Constantia....

List of the Southern Suburbs:
    * Bergvliet
    * Bishopscourt
    * Claremont
    * Constantia
    * Diep River 
    * Kenilworth
    * Mowbray 
    * Newlands
    * Observatory
    * Pinelands
    * Plumstead
    * Retreat 
    * Rondebosch
    * Rosebank 
    * Salt River 
    * Steenberg
    * Tokai
    * Woodstock 
    * Wynberg 

Bishopscourt is a small, wealthy, residential suburb in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town in the Western Cape, South Africa. It is part of the Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality, created in 2000, which includes the greater Cape Town area. It has approximately 350 houses most of which reside on more than 3000 square metres of land.


Claremont is a suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. It is situated six miles south of the city, and is one of the so-called "Southern Suburbs". It is an important commercial and residential area, which is currently experiencing significant growth and development.

Claremont Main Road is regarded by many as the clubbing capital of the Southern Suburbs. The road is dotted with clubs and bars and is a lively hotspot almost every night of the week. Bars on Clarement Main Road include Lizzards, Stones and Caps. Clubs on this road include Sobhar, Tin Roof, Wadda, Springboks and Tiger Tiger.

Party-goers have affectionately nicknamed this party street: Monties, The Monte Carlo Strip, The Mont, Prawn Avenue, Montgomery's.


Groot Constantia, Cape Dutch Manor House and Vineyard, Cape Town's 4th Most Visited AttractionConstantia is a district in Cape Town, South Africa. It is centred on the Constantia Valley and lies to the east of and at the foot of a prominent mountain called Constantiaberg. The area is separated by a low pass from Hout Bay to the west.

Constantia is situated in the Cape Peninsula, a few kilometres south of Table Mountain and the City Bowl (i.e. the central business district of the metropolis).

Constantia is one of the oldest suburbs of Cape Town and is famed for its wine. The estate of Groot Constantia (Big Constantia) was established in 1684 by the Dutch Colonial Governor of Cape Town, Simon van der Stel and other notable wine farms in the area include Klein Constantia (Small Constantia) and Constantia Uitsig (Constantia Outlook). Before the twentieth century, the region was noted for its exports of Constantia, a sweet dessert wine.

Constantia is a very affluent suburb with large properties and beautiful homes. House prices have rocketed in recent years.[citation needed] As an aside the area has had both the famous and the infamous as its residents. Mark Thatcher, the son of Margaret Thatcher lived in Constantia until he was charged with funding a coup in Equatorial Guineau. Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer, the brother of the late Princess Diana also resides in the area.


Kenilworth is a suburb in Cape Town, South Africa.  Kenilworth is bordered by Wynberg to the south and Claremont to the north. Kenilworth railway station is on the main line from Cape Town to Simon's Town. Main Road (which runs from Central Cape Town through to Simon's Town) runs through Kenilworth, and the suburb can also be accessed from the M5 freeway.  An attraction which draws visitors to Kenilworth is the Kenilworth Racecourse. The oldest race course in the country, it is home to the J&B Met (held in late January each year), an event which draws more than 50,000 spectators. Numerous other national horse races are held at Kenilworth throughout the year.


Newlands is an upmarket suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. It is located at the foot of table mountain in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. It is home to numerous schools as well as the Newlands Forest.

It is best known for Newlands Cricket Ground and Newlands Stadium, a rugby union and football venue. Newlands Forest is incorporated within the Table Mountain National Park. The forest is a popular outdoor recreation area and includes historic sites including the Woodcutter's Cottage and Lady Anne Barnard's Path.


The "garden city" suburb of Pinelands is located on the edge of the southern suburbs of Cape Town in South Africa and is known for its large thatched houses. The suburb is primarily residential and is often praised for its peacefulness and abundance of trees. Pinelands is one of the few areas in Cape Town in which sale of alcohol is prohibited and is a popular place for senior citizens to retire to. While there are several retirement homes in the suburb, younger people are increasingly moving in.

The main road is called Forest Drive and the suburb contains two small shopping centres, namely Howard Centre (named after Ebenezer Howard who led the garden city movement) and Central Square. Dutch Reformed, Anglican, Presbyterian and Methodist churches are located near to Central Square, while Baptist and Catholic churches are located elsewhere in the suburb. Pinelands is served by two railway stations: Pinelands Station on the western edge of the suburb and Mutual Station on the northern edge. The suburb is bisected from the north east to the south west by the Elsieskraal River, which has flowed through a large concrete drainage canal since the 1960s.


Plumstead is a suburb in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, situated on the western margin of the Cape Flats, within the municipality of the City of Cape Town.

Plumstead was first mentioned when, in 1762, a large portion of the land beyond Wynberg and the Constantia Valley was granted to the free burghers Hendrick Jergens and Johan Barrens, who were Dutch settlers. They called the land 'Rust' (Rest) and 'Werk' (Work). Twenty years later the land was granted to Hendrick Bouman Brigeraad. After the decline of the Dutch East India Company, the British occupied the Cape. An Englishman, Henry Batt, arrived in 1807 and bought 'Rust and Werk' and renamed it Plumstead, after a district of London. Henry Batt farmed the area for twenty six years, and died in 1833. The farm Plumstead was sub-divided and bought by Messrs. Higgs, Loubscher and Southey. Lately more famous for having Tom Hudson reside there.


Rondebosch is one of the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa. It is bordered by the suburbs of Rosebank, Rondebosch East, Claremont, Newlands, and the slopes of Devil's Peak.

It is primarily a residential suburb, with a medium sized shopping area and a small business district. It is best known for its excellent schools and for the University of Cape Town.


Tokai, a large residential suburb of Cape Town, South Africa, is situated on the foothills of the Constantiaberg, ( a large whaleback shaped mountain in the Table Mountain range) and is bordered by, Steenberg and Kirstenhof to the South, Bergvliet to the East, Constantia to the North and the SAFCOL pine tree plantations against the mountain to the West.

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