Hiking

Rhodes is surrounded by pristine mountains, streams, valleys and waterfalls – not to mention the most magnificent array of flowers in season.

“The Common” comprising the original Tintern Farm on which Rhodes was established is open to the public. This area is to the south of the village, incorporating the brickyards, the shooting range, dams –  as well as views of the village, “Rhodes Mountain” & the Carlilsehoek valley.

All other hiking takes place on privately owned farms.

Some farmers do not allow access to their farms.

Rhodes Rambles has marked hikes on Den Hagen Farm and designs/arranges other hikes according to the time available, fitness and capabilities of hikers and their preferences. Where necessary, maps and/or co-ordinates are provided.

The Hikers’ “leave only tracks and take only photos” rules apply, i.e. we respect others’ property as we do not want any more farmers to have reason to deny access.

There are no rescue facilities in Rhodes and all hiking is done entirely at own risk. Rhodes weather is notoriously fickle and all seasons may be experienced in one day. The onus is on hikers to be suitably equipped for the outing. 

Enquiries & bookings may be made by contacting the Rhodes Tourist and Information Centre: 045 971 9003 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Crystal route map

 

Walks on the village common start at the gate next to the sandstone entrance walls en route to Rubicon.

 

The climb-through at the gate and all of the others are easily identified by the blue PVC pipes used to protect walkers from the creosote on the poles used for the frame-work.                           

The Crystal Route is 4,1km in extent and the height difference between the start and the highest point is +-160m. Before embarking on walks, check on the weather as thunder storms can and do occur posing a threat from lightning strikes. Always take sufficient water with you and ensure that you have applied adequate sun protection cream. A wide hat is recommended as are long-sleeved shirts.

After ascending to the gravel pit make a gradual descent by “zig-zagging” down the mountain side. It is a remote area and medical rescue in these parts is a time-consuming process so beware and descend with care. Do not attempt this route on your own.       


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