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Province Western cape
Coordinates 33.9368°S 18.4302°E
Area 0.46 km2
Municipality; City Of Cape Town

Devil’s Peak Estate is one of the suburbs of the city bowl, The Name of the mountain, “ Devil’s peak comes from the story of Van Hunks and the Devil, which goes like this… A very long time ago a pirate from Holland by the name of Jan Van Hunks, decided to retire from his life of crime. He chose to settle on the slopes of Table Mountain where he liked to enjoy the view and smoke his pipe. One day he got to his favourite place and there was a man sitting there completely dressed in black. Van hunks greeted the man and went to sit next to him, lit his pipe and began to smoke. The stranger also lit up a pipe saying I wager I could smoke more than you can. Van Hunks accepted the wager and the two puffed up huge clouds of smoke billowing over Table Mountain. Van Hunks was a confident smoker and they persevered until eventually, the stranger laid down his pipe in defeat as he revealed that he was the devil himself So now when there are clouds on the mountain, locals say, Van Hunks and The devil are at it again.
After the first British occupation of the Cape in 1795   defence blockhouses were constructed on Devils Peak 3 of these are dilapidated but King’s Blockhouse, a massive stone structure 7m square, still stands on Mowbray ridge. It was used as a signal station for communication between False Bay and Table Bay. It was declared a National Monument in 1938.
Devil’s Peak Estate is a quiet area but is one of the windiest places in the city. A sacred site named after the Egyptian queen Nefertiti is on the saddle of Devil’s Peak  and it records the longest and shortest days of the year

Post codes for devil’s peak estate 8001

Things to see and do in Devils Peak Estate

  • Pypies square park on Lower Pypies square has fabulous views of Table Mountain and a great children’s play park

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Useful Numbers

  • Police: 021 467 8000 Cape Town Central
  • Traffic department: Gallows hill -0860 103 089
  • Fire: Cape Town central-021 444 8963
  • Water:0860 103 089
  • Electricity:0860 103 089
  • Ambulance:Metro Emergency Medical Service – Western Division-021 508 4500
  • Post office;Mill street-021 465 1013
  • Closest hospital/clinic; Booth Memorial Hospital- 021 465 2330
  • Pharmacy; Vredehoek-021 465 6222
  • Library; Vredehoek- 021 464 1200
  • SPCA:Cape Of Good Hope Grassy Park -021 700 4140
  • Schools; Closest schools in Vredehoek                                                                            [/vc_column_text]
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