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Location

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

Environment

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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