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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Rhodes

Rhodes Hotel

Rhodes Hotel

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Eastern Cape

The small village of Rhodes is situated on the Bell River in the Eastern Cape. The river is a well-known trout fishing destination which attracts people to Rhodes.

In winter the Rhodes Trail Run is held. This is a strenuous 52 km race that starts and ends in the village. In spring mountain bikers are drawn to the area for the 82 km Rhodes Mountain Bike Challenge. This is an arduous race that climbs the Naude's Neck pass, runs along the Lesotho border and returns to Rhodes via the Carlislehoekspruit Pass. The other main sporting event in the area is the annual Wild Trout Festival.

The village of Rhodes was proclaimed in 1897 and had a checquered history in its first few years. During the Second Boer War it was invaded 29 times!

Rhodes weather


Naudes Pass

Above - Naudes Pass

Photo © Johan van Zyl


References and further reading

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 167

go! - Issue 125 - Author: - Year Published: 2016 - Page: 100

go! - Issue 136 - Author: - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 50

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 279

Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 197

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 327

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 84

Things to do in Moer & Gone Places - Author: Jacques Marais - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 166

Top Birding Spots in Southern Africa - Author: Hugh Chittenden - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 318

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