Groote Schuur Estate
Groote Schuur Estate
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Figuring prominently in the storied history of Cape Town, this carefully preserved Presidential residence was furnished and decorated by imperialist Cecil Rhodes.
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Tour Guide Kevin
Nuremberg, Germany377 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
It isn't easy getting a spot on this tour, but with a little luck and persistence you can do it. Contact Najwaa (she's the tour guide) at grooteschuur@telkomsa.net. This is a very interesting 2-hour tour that takes place in a beautiful old residence that once belonged to Cecil John Rhodes.
Written January 22, 2020
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661debs
Hout Bay, South Africa384 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Friends
A must do!! Have been trying for many years to do this tour and was not disappointed- a well informed enthusiastic tour guide and a ‘hands on’ tour through this beautiful historic house.
Written February 7, 2019
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Dieter H
Cape Town Central, South Africa226 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018
Guided Tour of Groote Schuur Manor House. The former Cape Town residence of the state president, the gabled Groote Schuur ('Big Barn') was originally built in 1667 to serve as the VOC's granary before it was bought by Cecil John Rhodes in 1893 and converted into a grand mansion and office
The 2 hour tour led by Goote Schuur guide Nadjwaa is so interesting as she explains the History, of the house and the stories of Cecil Rhodes life.
Among the most interesting items are souvenirs from his travels, his vast book collections, porcelain, silver and glassware.
The bathroom contains a huge bathtub carved from a single piece of Paarl mountain granite.
If you would like to see something special while in Cape Town, this is a must do on your list.
Written January 16, 2019
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reinier
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
How do I book this?? Cant find a website or booking address, contact details or hidden clues? Pls call me 078 719 9374
Written March 23, 2019
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dabby44
London, UK207 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Friends
We have been fortunate to visit the Residence many times. Each visit is slightly different, but always excellent. The history is so interesting, the interior beautiful and the objets d'art fascinating. Najwaa is indeed a great guide.
Written March 19, 2015
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Louise V
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Surroundings are beautiful and gardens very well kept.
Written June 21, 2012
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JeJeWe
Copenhagen, Denmark544 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
Originally from 1657, Cecil Rhodes rebuild the house after a fire in 1896. For many years it was the official Cape residence of the prime ministers of South Africa (Genadendal, the current prime minister’s residence, is visible behind the hedge).

This is a stunningly beautiful house, and so eminently preserved: A Rhodes museum, or a display of the very best craftsmanship of the time, or a ‘still leben’ revealing stories about an elite, very very far from the crowd of common people, at a particular time in South African history.

The guide Najwaa has vivid stories about every detail in the house, no picture taking allowed. As this is a museum with no strings or protection - do not bring children (they will be bored to death anyway).

The museum lets in a handful of people once a week at either 10.00 or 11.00 for a two hour tour: The week day and time varies (closed on weekends and public holidays) and there is no website with information.
If you would like to request a visit, please email: grooteschuur@telkomsa.net or call Najwaa (021-6869100 / 083 414 7961)
When you visit, remember to bring passports of everybody entering the estate, and ensure to arrive at least 10 minutes in advance as the police security check can take time. Najwaa will send you the directions to the back entrance you need enter by (on Klipper road). The price is R50 - no credit cards only cash. Don't bring kids / pets.
Written November 7, 2018
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Albertnlsa
Noordwijk, The Netherlands66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
we pass the place often if we drive on the M3, but never see the house. historicaly it is very important and we wanted to visit it one day.
we got a email adress to contact for an appointment.
all went smooth and well after that. the R50 fee is fair, and what you will see is impressive. it is well kept and tells a big part of SA history.
if you would like to see some thing special while in Cape Town and want to learn something about the house and the history, this is a must do on your list.
Written October 19, 2018
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CoachhouseGL
Stroud, UK54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
We heard about this visit from a friend...it is not advertised and difficult to get a contact. Once you have spoken and booked with Nadjwaa,it is all plain sailing. A wonderful 2hours of tour,information and pleasure. We have come back to UK and managed to obtain the book on Amazon as a souvenir of a lovely visit...thanks to the beautiful Nadjwaa.
Written March 12, 2018
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