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Posted on: Thursday, 26 May 2011

Rhodes and Barkly East – Photographs

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The Northern Ukhahlamba region of the Eastern Cape is an area of wide open spaces dominated by the majestic Drakensberg.

Known for its freezing winter temperatures it is one of the only areas in the country where snow skiing is available!  This is not the only activity available though with options like mountain biking, trout fishing, horse trails and fossil trails also high on the list of things to do.

The villages of Rhodes and Barkly East are found in these Eastern Cape Highlands (one reaches Rhodes from Barkly East).

Barkly East is known as the Switzerland of South Africa, offering almost guaranteed winter snow.  Rhodes is a little more remote and almost seems frozen in time.  Declared a conservation area in 1997 the village boasts wonderful architecture from the flat-roofed church house to the Herbert Baker designed stone school house.  If you are visiting make sure you pop into the Rhodes Hotel.

Rhodes & Barkly East

Rhodes & Barkly East

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Helen Rushton


After living in London and travelling the world for many years and more recently living in the Mother City, I now reside on a tranquil sugar cane farm in Kearsney; an area steeped in the history of South Africa’s sugar industry. During the summer months I get involved with the community by assisting the local primary school with swimming lessons at our country club. Some of my favourite things are reading or picking freshly grown vegetables and Iceland poppies in our garden. Milly, my boxer loves her walks to the river that runs through our farm and sometimes, Sandy the cat I hand reared, joins us for a stroll!

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