| WALKERBOUTS INN - RHODES|
| Welcome to Walkerbout Inn|
"I share these places with you in the certain knowledge that if, by chance, you happen go there, you will treat them as sacred, as a venue that will need all our efforts, all our finest ethics, to keep as is and unspoiled ..."
Tom Sutcliffe, The Complete Flyfisherman, Aug. 1996
Walkerbouts is a spacious haven adjacent to the site of the first hotel that was built in the historic village of Rhodes. Rhodes is situated at the southernmost tip of the Drakensberg mountain range, 16km due south of the border with the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho.
Walkerbouts is a six-bedroomed establishment complete with cosy lounge, dinning area and pub complete with pizza oven. Four of the bedrooms en-suite facilities have showers, whilst two have baths, one combined with a shower. Beds are fitted with electrical blankets to ward off the winter chill. It's relaxed and hospitable atmosphere makes it a home-from-home where well-behaved, disciplined pets are welcome by arrangement.
The village is 1860m above sea level and is 16km due south of the Kingdom of Lesotho. It is surrounded by the towns of Maclear, Ugie and Elliot that lie below the nearby escarpment. Barkly escarpment and Barkly East lies west above the escarpment. It is 60km or 60 minutes drive from Barkly East on a narrow and winding gravel road that must be driven with care. It is a remote village, almost frozen in time, a relic from the past and a living record of the trials and tribulations of the surrounding farming community. The unique nature of the architecture finds it's origins in the Victorian era and is a compromise between fashion, availability of materials and practicality. Houses range from grand trader's residences to flat-roofed "kerk-huisies" used as town houses in days gone by when traveling to the village from surrounding farms was a major outing. These buildings are sprinkled amongst tree-lined streets and all contribute to the quaint charm of the village that was proclaimed a Conservation Area in July 1997 rendering the entire village a National Monument.
The terrain in these parts is rugged and the climate can be harsh. Historically, snow has been recorded in every month of the year although the seasonal falls occur from May to August. The soaring mountains give rise to numerous streams which gradually flow into one another and whose water eventually leaves the Highland down the mighty Kraai River to the west or the Umzimvubu River to the east.
The streams and rivers are home to rainbow and brown trout as well as indigenous species such as the small and largemouth yellowfish, both great sport fish that can be caught on a fly. The Wild Trout Association was founded in 1991 and has its headquarters at Walkerbouts. Fishing can be arranged on more than 200km of running water within an hour's drive of Rhodes that is located at the geographical centre of the fishery.
Other attractions in the area include horse riding, mountain-biking, birding, crafts, wing-shooting, hiking, rock art, 4x4 trails, Alpine and sub-alpine flowers in summer and much more.