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Request a quote from Hylton and Sunelle for the affordable accommodation options at Alpine Swift in the spectacular Southern Drakensberg mountains.

Alpine Swift is situated on the beautiful Grace Hill Farm, just outside Rhodes Village in the Southern Drakensberg. It is very close to Lesotho. Two of the highest mountain passes in South Africa, the Naude’s Neck Pass and the Carlisleshoek Pass are both on our doorstep. Altitudes reach up to 3,001m above sea level. Other passes include Tiffindell Tenahead Traverse (TTT), Volunteershoek Pass, and Ben MacDhui Pass (currently closed).

alpine swift river and mountain cloudy sunset
With the right conditions, sunsets at Alpine Swift Trails are unforgettably beautiful.
Photo: Rory Logan


  • Meal options, wood, braai packs, and basics are available in Rhodes village. Get specifics from Rhodes info office +27 45 971 9003,
  • Safe and secure (busy working farm, regularly patrolled by owner and staff)
  • Best to contact us via Whatsapp (preferred) or 3G Vodacom (almost no MTN coverage):
  • Hylton +27 72 529 2747 or Sunelle +27 82 460 3151
  • Please contact us before you depart for best route options
  • There is no petrol station in Rhodes. The nearest is Barkly-East (65km away, route from Free State and Gauteng), or Elliot (100km away, route from Eastern Cape), or Maclear (100km away, route from KZN)
  • Note that access on all three roads to Alpine Swift is on graded roads. A high-clearance vehicle is strongly advised, although depending on season, regular vehicles can reach us. Sedans are not recommended 90% of the time
  • Free wi-fi at two hotspots

For getaways

Alpine Swift is an ideal getaway for anyone wanting to escape it all. Experience the beauty of the Rhodes area in the Southern Berg and stay in one of our accommodation units.

Alpine Swift Trails autumn scenery forest
The Bell River forms an important part of the Alpine Swift Trails mountain experience.

For athletes

Alpine Swift is a great place to train for runners (road, trail, and mountain) and mountain bikers. Practice your river crossings in the sparkling Bell River. You can also train on the public pass roads. 

Who we are

Alpine Swift Trails was founded in 2013 by Hylton and Sunelle Dunn.


About page. Contact Sunelle or Hylton Dunn to discover the magic of the various options at Alpine Swift Trails in the Southern Drakensberg.
Contact Hylton or Sunelle Dunn to discover the magic of the various options at Alpine Swift Trails in the Southern Drakensberg.

They met in interesting circumstances, detailed in Hylton’s interview with TRAIL magazine South Africa. Hylton appeared on the cover of TRAIL issue 31.

Here’s his story of healing through counselling and faith. We hope you are inspired by his journey from the grips of heroin addiction to a race-winning adventure athlete!

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