Tokai, a large residential suburb of Cape Town, South Africa, is situated on the foothills of the Constantiaberg, ( a large whaleback shaped mountain in the Table Mountain range) and is bordered by, Steenberg and Kirstenhof to the South, Bergvliet to the East, Constantia to the North and the SAFCOL pine tree plantations against the mountain to the West.

The suburb was built in the late 1940s, and was built quickly because of the urgent need for housing for South African soldiers returning from World War II.

Nearby, is the Pollsmoor Prison, where Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners were incarcerated by the Apartheid regime. It should be noted that Mandela was there for four years (1984 to 1988) after his transfer from Robben Island, before moving on to Victor Verster Prison until his release in 1991.

Some of Tokai's roads are paved with red brick. Streams run through Tokai and the pine plantations, forming green belts where various bird, frog, and insect species make their home. These green belts also provide areas for recreation including walking, cycling and dog walking.


17 °C

Clouds, overcast clouds

Wind0.45 m/s
Cloudiness94 %
Temperature (min/max)13/19 °C
Pressure1021 hpa
Humidity85 %
Last update: 25 Apr 2024 @ 03:34

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