Hotels in and around the Newlands suburb
The Cape Town suburb of Newlands is known for several features. However, the Newlands Cricket Grounds and Newlands Stadium certainly are its most outstanding icons. These have been home to many of the world’s most exciting rugby and cricket matches, including world cup games, over the years.
The residential part of Newlands is particularly green and lush as rainfall, mist and dew are at their highest levels in this area. The Newlands Forest bears testimony to the fertility of the soil by presenting a plethora of tall trees, under which families are invited to enjoy a picnic, a leisurely walk or a game of football. These green surrounds, coupled with some stunning homes, work together to create an exclusive neighbourhood, home to shrewd investors from all over the world.
In addition to its natural beauty and property value, Newlands is centrally situated and within close proximity to many other famous attractions and amenities within the Mother City, as Cape Town is affectionately known. It is approximately a 15 minute drive from the city centre and about 20 to 30 minutes from Cape Town International Airport, depending on traffic.
1652 saw the arrival of the Europeans onto South African shores. Although African tribes such as the San or Bushmen had been living in the area for centuries, the Europeans soon colonised the area and began to farm and trade from the Western Cape. The positioning of Cape Town also worked well in terms of the sea routes followed by traders. This was a convenient point at which they could stop, stock up on supplies and sell some of the wares on board.
Newland was home to Ohlsson's Anneberg Breweries, an old establishment that played a major role in the first societies that made their home in this suburb. Josephine Mill is the last vestige of this brewery and has been declared a Historic Monument, popular amongst local and international visitors.
Newlands is centrally situated, and easily accessible from all areas of Cape Town. This city is particularly efficient in terms of road signage, and visitors may find that they are able to get around without much difficulty, although a GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) or SatNav is always recommended.
Taxi services are available throughout Cape Town, 24 hours a day. Contact a reliable service provider, or ask your hotel to do so on your behalf. It is not advised that you make use of the minibus taxis in South Africa unless you are completely familiar with local languages.
Cape Town International Airport is undergoing massive renovations in preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. As such, it is equipped to deal with an even larger number of flights from all over the world, making access easier and less costly. Alternatively, visitors that are coming from other areas in South Africa will enjoy the scenic routes and safe roads into Cape Town.
Newlands is one of the closest neighbours to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. These spectacular gardens offer a multitude of trees, flowers, ferns and cacti in impressive surrounds, perched on the incline of Table Mountain.
Cavendish Square is a popular shopping mall that is several stories high and situated in Claremont, right on the Newlands border. Shops, restaurants, boutiques, galleries and entertainment areas are located under one roof to ensure that the entire family is kept busy for hours on end.
Summer starts in December and officially ends in March. However, the warm days last well into June. Winter is from July to August. In Cape Town, and Newlands in particular, winters can be relatively wet. The days are cool, but do not usually drop below a midday high of about 15 degrees Celsius. Summer days can reach over 30 degrees.
South African summers are hot and sunny. Sun damage always needs to be high on your list of priorities when leaving your house, lodge or hotel. Always apply a high-factor sunscreen in the morning and again at around lunchtime. In addition, wear a broad-rimmed sunhat as well as light, cotton clothing that cover the neck, shoulders, legs and arms.
It is recommended that you bring your prescriptions for spectacles and medication with you when travelling so that you may restock at a local pharmacy without having to consult with a doctor.
Ensure that your tetanus shots are up-to-date as some areas, particularly around the main transport routes and shopping centres, are fraught with litter, including broken glass, cans and metal.
Always be aware of your personal belongings in shopping centres, on tour busses, at tourist attractions or in restaurants. Do not leave anything unattended, and do not accept help from strangers if it requires handing over your bank cards, photographic equipment, etc… Do not walk these streets at night, especially on your own or within a small group. Do not carry large amounts of cash or valuable equipment when walking around. Never pick up hitchhikers.