Rhodes Verblyf

Just getting to Rhodes is an exciting adventure in itself, with travellers passing through a host of mountain passes which overlook breath-taking views. Upon reaching their destination, visitors can enjoy tranquil getaways at this tucked-away hamlet.

Rhodes, which is a weekend retreat for town dwellers residing in nearby areas, is located in the Eastern Cape Highlands.

From 1891 to 1897, Rhodes formed part of the Tintern Farm, before it became recognised as a township in its own right with municipal duties and privileges. A local legend who breathed life into the town was the Scottish Cleric turned minister, Richard Ross. It was said that he road into the town on horseback and conducted the Sunday morning service in Afrikaans and English, with much vibrancy and fervour. Rumour has it that Rhodes was formerly called ‘Rossville’ as a token of appreciation for the much-loved dominie. The hamlet received a name change to ‘Rhodes’ after the then minister of the Cape, Cecil John Rhodes.

Visitors will be intrigued by the jumble of architectural styles that are found in the town – from turn-of-the-century residences of the rich traders to the flat-roofed, humble cottages of poor farmers. One building that has stood the test of time is the age-old Rhodes Hotel. Once known as the ‘Horse Shoe Hotel’, it was the local watering hole for the townsmen. The establishment received much ill repute, as revellers were raucous and full of merriment due to the abundance of liquor found on the premises. Alcohol was transported on oxen-wagons from East London through the treacherous mountain passes and brought into Rhodes. 

Due to the many popular mountain passes situated in the area, Rhodes is a good base for mountaineers looking to hike and rock climb during the day; and enjoy peaceful night’s rest at the boutique hotels and cosy apartments situated in the area. Naude Nek, which looms above the village, is one such example. Famous for being the highest pass in South Africa, Naude Nek stands tall at a height of 2500m.

Apart from the mountain climbing, Rhodes hosts two major sporting events each year. The first is the 52-kilometre Rhodes trail run, a highly anticipated marathon for the fitness fanatics and professional runners. The second is the Rhodes Mountain Bike Challenge, a race that has been billed as the ‘most extraordinary mountain bike race in the world’. The race is held in October each year and is spans over a distance of 82 kilometres.

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Swallows Nest is newly built self catering unit accommodating 2 people. It is a open plan bedroom, lounge and kitchenette fully equipped for a relaxing and comfortable stay from the busy city life. It... Lees meer

 
Tenahead Mountain Lodge and Spa
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Situated approximately 2500m above sea level Tenahead Lodge is the highest upmarket lodge in South Africa. The only one of its kind, the lodge is hand built by stone masons, Basotho style from rocks a... Lees meer

 
Kinmel Guest Farm

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Winter snow, Summer Green, clear mountain streams, breathe the purest air - Just a taste of what Kinmel Guest Farm has to offer. Enjoy peace, tranquillity, breath-taking beauty and spectacular views ... Lees meer

 
Walkerbouts Inn - Rhodes

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Walkerbouts Inn - Rhodes is a spacious country retreat with comfortable accommodation in 6 bedrooms each with en-suite facilities. We offer fine country cuisine and hospitality in the best traditions ... Lees meer

 
Amanzi Empilo Bungalow

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Amanzi Empilo means "healing waters" in the native Xhosa language and this is a true description of the bungalow's location. Hidden away around the bends of the Bell river and surrounded by the Southe... Lees meer

 
Rhodes Reservations

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Tucked away in the Eastern Cape Highlands on the border with Lesotho, Rhodes Village - declared a Conservation Area in 1997 - exudes a timeless charm and beauty. This Victorian-era village is surro... Lees meer

 
Alpine Swift Trails High Altitude Training Facilit

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Alpine Swift Trails is the only high altitude training facility in South Africa that offers the following: coaching, pilates, physiotherapy, 25m swimming pool, tennis court, gym, accommodation for 24 ... Lees meer

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Woodcliffe Country House
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Woodcliffe is a 1000 ha cattle farm extending into the upper slopes of the Southern Drakensberg in the north Eastern Cape and is situated 22km from Maclear. Nearby is the remarkable Naude's Nek pass, ... Lees meer

 
Fairbairn Guest Farm
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Fairbairn Guest Farm is situated 14 km outside of Maclear off the Rhodes Road (R396). The Guest Farm is nestled between spectacular mountains, waterfalls, rivers, streams and indigenous forests - only... Lees meer

 
The Hayloft
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The Hayloft is a lovely converted building in the quaint town of Barkly East. It has been decorated throughout by an interior decorator and is affordably luxurious. Nestled in the Witterberge near th... Lees meer

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Pragtige dorpie en vriendelike mense
- Kittie Jooste

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Got to come back for longer, wonderful place.
- Tony Cummings

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Very nice and quite town still stuck in the early 1800's. Well looked after. Pizzas at Walkerbouts was very good.
- Lee-Roy Pittaway

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What a cute town, will be back soon...doing the trail run!

- Sonja Fourie

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The Rhodes area is one of the hidden jewels of South African tourism. The area is stunning with something to please everyone who enjoys outdoor activities, the beauty of its surroundings and peace in which to relax and de-stress. Do not expect to find anything but basic needs, this area is for those who can enjoy life without TV, cinemas and shopping malls!!
- Dave Deacon

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