Western cape

  • Tour of Groote Schuur 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. Along with the building, Rhodes bought several other properties on Table Mountain's eastern slopes during the late 19th century, Rhodes died in 1910 and bequeathed his estate to the nation.
    There are only 20 visitors allowed on the tour: