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Newlands, Cape Town

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 where upmarket modern homes adjoin historic cottages, homesteads and family homes in tree lined avenues.

Home to South Africa’s oldest school SACS, university UCT and cradle to both South African Rugby and the mighty South African Breweries, Newlands is a vibrant area. It is conveniently situated for the main attractions of Western Province Rugby and Cricket grounds and the leading private and government schools of Cape Town such as SACS, Westerford, Bishops, Herschel, Rondebosch, Rustenberg, and Sans Souci.

Neighboured by the equally sought after areas of Bishopscourt, Claremont and Rondebosch houses for sale in Newlands offer families and working professionals easy access to the centre of Cape Town and a selection of esteemed schools. Similar to its counterparts in the Southern Suburbs, Newlands property benefits from a suburban charm which is complemented by leafy lanes and lush landscapes. Many houses for sale offer gardens with trees to climb and pools to splash around in on summer days.

Property for sale here is considered to offer great value as a long term investment due to its community feel and enviable location.

Kirstenbosch & Forest

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Newlands Forest is a beautiful conservancy area set on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, in the upmarket suburb of Newlands, Cape Town. Owned by the Table Mountain National Parks Board, along with the City Parks Department of Cape Town, Newlands Forest is an oasis in the Southern Suburbs made up of a beautiful natural pine forest, various hiking trails, a fire station, nursery, and a reservoir.

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Situated less than 20 minutes’ drive from Cape Town’s city centre, Newlands Forest is a picturesque setting for all ages. Whether you’re after a strenuous hike, a short stroll with your furry companion, or a day of family fun, Newlands Forest is the ideal place to be. Several vantage points are spread along the routes and offer exquisite views across the Cape Town city centre to Blouberg in the distance. While walking through Newlands Forest, hikers will also see many of Cape Town’s major sports stadiums, including Cape Town Stadium, Athlone Stadium, and Newlands rugby and cricket stadia.

Newlands Forest 2

Visitors entering the forest from the parking area will come across a sign with information detailing the various hiking trails on offer. This allows you to choose the appropriate route for your needs, factoring in the amount of time you have, your fitness levels, and what you wish to experience during your hike. Options include viewing the over 50-year-old Newlands Reservoir that supplies a large amount of the area’s water, enjoying picnics along the edge of trickling streams, and visiting the Newlands Fire Station, which services emergency bushfires with running water dumps and 3 helicopters. The Fire Station also serves as the Headquarters of the growing Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS) firefighting group. The City Parks Nursery is well worth a visit – maintained and run to supply the public areas of Cape Town with a wide range of flora, it includes 4 large greenhouses and a large area of growing land. It has also begun a plan to reintroduce indigenous species of trees to Newlands Forest, with the aim of rehabilitating the original afro-temperate forests.

Newlands Forest
Hiking Routes

  • Contour Path (to Kirstenbosch and Constantia Nek) Level: easy to moderate
  • Fernwood Track Level: Moderate
  • Constantia Nek to Kirstenbosch Level: Moderate
  • Woodcutter’s Path (to Rhodes Memorial) Level: Moderate

Sports

The name Newlands is strongly associated with regional and national sports for good reason;

It is not only home to Western Province Rugby but also Western Province Cricket!

Newlands Rugby Stadium
Newlands Stadium, currently referred to as DHL Newlands for sponsorship reasons , is located in Cape TownSouth Africa. The stadium currently has a capacity of 51,900 people, but is not an all seater venue.It is the oldest rugby stadium in South Africa and the second-oldest rugby stadium in the world.

Various sports teams currently use the stadium as their home base, including: Stormers in Super Rugby and Western Province in the Currie Cup.  The city’s 2 Premier Soccer League clubs Ajax Cape Town and Santos also, occasionally host matches at the stadium. (Source: Wikipedia)

Newlands Cricket Ground
The Newlands Cricket Ground is the home of the Cape Cobras, who play in the Sunfoil SeriesMomentum 1 Day Cup and RamSlam Pro20 competitions. It is also a venue for Test matches. Newlands is regarded as one of the most beautiful cricket grounds in the world, being overlooked by Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak. It is close to Newlands Stadium, which is a rugby unionand football venue. The cricket ground opened in 1888.  The ground hosted its first Test match on 24 March 1889 when England defeated South Africa by an innings and 202 runs. As of January 2014, there have been 50 Test matches played at the ground of which South Africa has won 18, their opponents 22 and 10 which ended in a draw. The last team besides Australia to beat South Africa there was New Zealand, in January 1962.  The first One Day International played at the ground was on 7 December 1992 when South Africa beat India by 6 wickets. As of January 2014, there have been 36 One Day Internationals played at the ground including five in the 2003 Cricket World Cup. South Africa has won 25 of its ODI games here and lost 5 (Pakistan being the most recent opposition victor in November 2013).  Between 1991 and 1997 numerous changes were made to the ground. Large portions of the grass embankments were replaced by pavilions increasing the seating capacity to 25,000.  Newlands is one of the few cricket grounds in South Africa that tends to favour spinners. Most grounds tend to favour pacemen or batsmen, but the Western Cape has had a history of having very good spinners, a recent example being Paul Adams.  (Source: Wikipedia)