Walkerbouts Inn – Rhodes was established more than two decades ago by the proprietor, Dave Walker. It is located on the same site as the original farmhouse on the farm “Tintern” on which the village of Rhodes was established in 1891. It is in an elevated position on the western side of Rhodes on a quiet cul-de-sac with a stunning view across the village.
Walkerbouts was awarded a 3-star rating by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa. It has six en-suite bedrooms complete with wall-mounted panel heaters and beds fitted with electric blankets to ward off the winter chill. Four of the room’s en-suite facilities have showers and the other two have showers in their baths
The dining room and lounge are heated by a “Jetmaster” fireplace as well as an anthracite heater. The cosy pub, whose walls could tell many stories has a wood-fired “Queen Anne” heater. Our famous pizzas add another dimension to the cuisine and provide an alternative to the wholesome country fare served in our dining room. More specialised victuals such as vegetarian or vegan meals can be prepared by prior arrangement.
A number of bird species can be seen in the Highlands and Walkerbouts is an ideal venue from which “twitchers” can venture into the mountains to seek their next “tick”. The network of roads from Rhodes places one in ideal locations to view these specialities. Orange-breasted rockjumpers and Ground woodpeckers on the concrete pass in the Carlisleshoekspruit. Drakensberg siskins and Sickle wings on the plateau on the Naudesnek Pass route. Black Harriers on the Ben McDhui plateau. Bearded vultures in the Donkerhoek vicinity and many more species, all within an easy drive from Rhodes. A good field guide and binoculars is essential. Ask at reception for a copy of our bird list comprised of +-230 species seen in the Barkly East district down the years.