Rooderandt is situated in the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains and overlooks the beautiful Schoemanshoek Valley, the heart of Oudtshoorn´s tourist district. The distances to Oudtshoorn´s main tourist attractions are as follows:
- Arbeidsgenot: 16 km
- Buffelsdrift Game Reserve: 5 km
- Cango Wildlife: 10 km
- CP Nel Museum: 15 km
- Cango Ostrich Show Farm: 500 m
- Cango Caves: 19 km
- Karusa Wine Tasting: 1 km
- Rust-en-Vrede Waterfall: 35 km
- Swartberg Pass: 30 km
- Wilgewandel Camel Rides: 17 km
In the true spirit of Rooderandt, its garden is authentically
indigenous without feeling puristic or pretentious. The terraces are
strewn with typical Karoo plants: spekboom, klapperbos and botterboom,
although you do come across the odd fruit tree lane or lavender patch.
Here and there you are surprised by an unexpected relic from the past:
a whitewashed clay oven with a Welcome Dover cast iron door, an old-fashioned
grain or flour bag scale or a bench vice.
If you walk higher up into the koppies (hills), you find yourself
among plakkies, vygies and noem-noem, typical vegetation of the
succulent Karoo plant region of which Oudtshoorn forms part.
Rooderandt also boasts a variety of cacti. The garden is a delight for any
bird, and the patient birdwatcher can expect to see Cape Robins, bokmakieries,
barn owls, sunbirds, African Hoopoes and Bulbuls, among other species.
If you´re lucky, you may even spot a Black Eagle or the elusive African
Fish-Eagle that often makes itself heard at sunset.
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