Rhodes rubs shoulders with the southern edge of Lesotho. For residents of the interior this little town is often just a blur in the windscreen on the way to the coast, but when the icy winds sweep in from the Drakensberg, Rhodes is transformed into a winter wonderland. That being said, snow isn’t the only reason to visit this pristine corner of the Eastern Cape ─ we found five perfect accommodations in Rhodes and more than a few adventure activities to get the city smog out of your system!

Rhodes Cottages -Bellbrook

Rhodes Cottages - Bellbrook

This charming cottage is just a stone’s throw from the Bell River so don’t forget your tube and fly-fishing tackle.

Amanzi Empilo Bungalow


Amanzi Empilo means “healing waters” in Xhosa, so if you’re looking for some R&R, this is the perfect spot.

Rhodes Cottages – Tintern


If you’re lucky, the tail end of winter will sprinkle some white powder on Tintern’s roof, but if the spring sun is in full bloom, the Bell River will cool you down in a jiffy.

Rhodes Cottages – Manies House


This cozy cottage is well-equipped for self-catering. Show off your Master Chef skills against the stunning mountain backdrop!

Rhodes Cottages – Welgemoed Trout Lodge 

Rhodes Cottages- Welgemoed Trout Lodge

Welgemoed Trout Lodge is close to the Bokspruit River and is the perfect abode if you’re into hiking, quad biking and bird watching.



If the peace and quiet gets a bit too much, get on your mountain bike and explore the hills, or brave Naude’s Neck. At 2 500 m above sea level this is the highest pass in South Africa.

Clearly, Rhodes‘ spoils are not only reserved for winter. This quaint town is a dreamy destination all year round, beckoning with oodles of small-town charm.