Top Accommodation in Oudtshoorn

Top Accommodation in Oudtshoorn

Finding top accommodation in Oudtshoorn is an easy task. Situated in the heart of the Klein Karoo between the Swartberg mountains and Outeniqua mountains,Oudtshoornhas been a popular tourist destination for many decades. For those looking for the top accommodation in Oudtshoorn, there are various options including bed and breakfasts, self-catering, hotels, lodges, backpackers as well as farmhouse accommodation in the surrounding area.

Oudtshoorn’s ostriches

Oudtshoorn is known as the ostrich capital of the world. Oudtshoorn is home to the world’s largest ostrich population and its ostrich industry dates back to 1864 – a time when prime ostrich feathers were globally considered as an invaluable fashion accessory. The world’s biggest bird is just one of the many attractions in this area.

Cango Caves

The area is also home to the spectacular Cango Caves which is Africa’s largest show cave system. Situated just 29km from the centre of Oudtshoorn, you will find the finest dripstone caverns with their vast halls and towering formations in this underground wonder.

Swartberg Mountains

Then there’s also the Swartberg mountain range, which is part of the Cape Floral World Heritage Site. There are many tours which include the Swartberg mountains and the locals from surrounding areas flock to these mountains every year to see the snow.

Famous locals

One of the town’s most famous inhabitants, the writer C. J. Langenhoven, is considered by many to be one of the fathers of Afrikaans. He provided much of the literature that formed the backbone of the Afrikaans language during its early development.


Of course, Oudtshoorn and The Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, better known as the KKNK, are virtually synonyms in South Africa. The KKKNK has been the largest Afrikaans language arts festival for over 25 years and every year towards the end of March and the beginning of April, the town comes alive with the sounds, flavours, colours and textures of a truly diverse country. The KKNK attracts more than 1000 artists performing or exhibiting in more than 200 productions and exhibitions over eight days.

Wine farms

Oudtshoorn is also the start of the Route 62 wine route with some of the best South African Port style wines being produced in the area surrounding Oudsthoorn.

There is plenty to do throughout the year in Oudtshoorn and, if you haven’t been, I can highly recommend it for your next holiday breakaway.

If you’re looking for the top accommodation in Oudtshoorn, have a look at our list below:

Bakenskraal Ostrich Palace – Accommodation type: B&B, self-catering

Bakenskraal Ostrich Palace - Accommodation - Oudtshoorn

Situated just five minutes outside of Oudtshoorn, in the Western Cape, is the royal and luxurious accommodation establishment called Bakenskraal Ostrich Palace. This wonderful accommodation is nestled in the picturesque Elephants River Valley in the heart of the Klein Karoo and offers a taste of luxury country living.

The farm-style accommodation of Bakenskraal Ostrich Palace was built in the 1800’s, and has been meticulously restored and the elegant suites refurbished by the Keller Family to the quality 4-Star accommodation it is today.

There are three different types of rooms to choose from at Bakenskraal Ostrich Palace, each fitted with the comforts and fine details all guests will love. Whether you are searching for the perfect honeymoon destination or a holiday away with the family there is a bespoke suite for every whim or want. Read more…

Telephone 072 901 5654. Make a reservation, click here.  Get there, click here.  Find out more, click here.

De Denne Country Guest House – Accommodation type: B&B, self-catering

De Denne Country Guest House - Accommodation - Oudtshoorn

A guest house that offers spectacular views and soul touching moments is what visitors often say after staying at the De Denne Country Guest House in Oudtshoorn, situated in the heart of the Klein Karoo in the Western Cape.

Sunsets in the area are unforgettable and the hospitality that guests experience upon arrival makes them feel right at home.

Not only is De Denne Country Guest House a luxurious 4-Star accommodation in the heart of the Klein Karoo, it’s also a working ostrich farm. It is located halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth for those travelling along Route 62. Read more…

Telephone 072 901 5654. Make a reservation, click here.  Get there, click here.  Find out more, click here.

De Zeekoe Guest Farm – Accommodation type: self-catering, B&B

De Zeekoe Guest Farm - Accommodation - Oudtshoorn

Situated in the Klein Karoo and surrounded by the famous Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains on the banks of the Olifants River, is De Zeekoe Guest Farm – a great choice for anyone wanting a secluded weekend escape just outside the town of Oudtshoorn.

De Zeekoe is actually derived from the farm’s name – Zeekoegat, which is Dutch for ‘hippo waterhole’. Over a century ago, hippos used to frequent the nearby river. You will probably not encounter any today, but the area’s attractiveness for relaxing outings remains today.

De Zeekoe is surrounded by many activities including hiking trails, fishing spots, ostrich farms, wine farms, the famous Cango Caves, wildlife ranches, majestic waterfalls and museums. Read more…

Telephone 044 272 6721. Make a reservation, click here.  Get there, click here.  Find out more, click here.

Karoo Sun Guesthouse – Accommodation type: B&B

Karoo Sun Guesthouse - Accommodation - Oudtshoorn

Located along the Route 62 in Oudtshoorn, Karoo Sun Guesthouse is only 450 km from Cape Town and 60 km from George. It offers stylish, modern and clean guest house accommodation.

You can look forward to being welcomed by the owners, Reynhardt and Hermien Brittnell, who will make your stay with them something to remember.

The establishment has six stylish rooms on offer, which are pleasantly decorated and well-furnished in a modern contemporary style with either double, king or twin-sized beds, and are fitted with a flat screen TV (with DSTV), desk and tea-and-coffee-making facilities. Read more…

Telephone 082 824 8569. Make a reservation, click here.  Get there, click here.  Find out more, click here.

Old Mill Country Lodge & Restaurant  – Accommodation type: B&B, self-catering

Old Mill Country Lodge & Restaurant - Accommodation - Oudtshoorn

Luxury accommodation, excellent service and delicious food is what you can expect at the 4-Star Old Mill Country Lodge & Restaurant in Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape.

Situated on a working ostrich farm, guests can enjoy luxurious living while surrounded by the beauty of the area’s natural surroundings.

The Old Mill is considered one of the oldest farms in the valley of Oudtshoorn. It was purchased by Schoeman Plat in 1765. The Old Mill has been passed through to many different owners over the years, but still holds some of its history on the property, from the Old Cemetary with its original Dutch writings to the mill itself. Read more…

Telephone 044 302 5710. Make a reservation, click here.  Get there, click here.  Find out more, click here.

Red Stone Hills Guest Farm – Accommodation type: B&B, self-catering

Red Stone Hills Guest Farm - Accommodation - Oudtshoorn

In-between your scenic drives on the open road, your best choice for an affordable and comfortable rest is at the Red Stone Hills Guest Farm, which is located between Oudtshoorn and Calitzdorp.

The farm is surrounded by beautiful landscapes near the foot of the dramatic Swartberg Mountain range and strikingly reddish-hued koppies called Enon-conglomerate – probably explains the name of the farm. It is believed these blood-red rocks date back to the birth of the African continent millions of years ago and contain iron-rich deposits from ancient rivers.

There are eight secluded cottages, each with spectacular views of the river, the red stone hills and vineyards. You may be in the countryside, but your hosts have endeavoured to ensure their guests have comfortable stays. Read more…

Telephone 072 901 5654. Make a reservation, click here.  Get there, click here.  Find out more, click here.

Turnberry Boutique Hotel – Accommodation type: B&B

Turnberry Boutique Hotel - Accommodation - Oudtshoorn

The Turnberry Boutique Hotel is a place where you can experience comfort and luxury like no other in the heart of Oudtshoorn. With a rich Scottish history, this 4-Star boutique hotel is known for its beautifully decorated rooms and their Scottish themed pub and restaurant.

With the Klein Karoo as their home, Turnberry Boutique Hotel is a great place to stay for visitors to the area who want to go on an adventure. At night you will find the restaurant is almost always full and delightful music plays while you wait for your meal.

There are six different types of rooms available at Turnberry Boutique Hotel, each one luxuriously decorated to make you feel total comfort and relaxation. You can enjoy stays in the Classic Double Rooms, Luxury Family Suites, Luxury Double Bedrooms, Luxury Garden Twin Rooms, Luxury Twin Rooms or the Presidential Suite. Read more…

Telephone 079 125 5835. Make a reservation, click here.  Get there, click here.  Find out more, click here.

Wildehondekloof Game Reserve – Accommodation type: B&B

Wildehondekloof Game Reserve - Accommodation - Oudtshoorn

With its abundance of wildlife, meandering hiking and bike trails you really can embrace your wild side at Wildehondekloof Game Reserve. The private game reserve not only offers luxury accommodation, but an opportunity to have nature on your doorstep.

Located in the Klein Karoo, next to the Wynandsrivier, the reserve is a 50-minute drive from Oudtshoorn. Surrounded by the majestic Swartberg Mountains, the views are spectacular.

Wildehondekloof offers exclusive luxury accommodation and guided game tours where guests can spot wildlife such as Zebra, Eland, Kudu, Rheedbuck, Gemsbok, Red Hartebeeste, Wildebeest, Springbok and Nyala. The Mountain Rheedbuck is indigenous to the area and beautiful to behold in its natural habitat. Read more…

Telephone 044 272 6721. Make a reservation, click here.  Get there, click here.  Find out more, click here.

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Our team of journalists are seasoned travels and love visiting the myriad of exciting places around South Africa.  Whether it is off the beaten track or in the heart of the top attractions of the country, we’ll be there,

Home Food and Travel advice on finding the right accommodation

So what is the right accommodation?  Well more often than not, it’s your travel budget that dictates the type of accommodation that you choose. 

Expensive is not always better.  Our team at Home Food and Travel will tell you that they have camped in areas with limited ablutions and had a wonderful holiday.  They have also spent a night in a five star hotel only to be disappointed because their expectations exceeded the experience.

The reason for your travels will also affect your choice.  A business trip requires different amenities to a beach holiday. 

Our articles, reviews and experiences can certainly help you make your decision.

Restaurants with a good mix of service, food and ambiance

To my mind a great restaurant offers three things – excellent service, great food and a wonderful ambiance.  Of these, service is the most important. 

No matter that the food is delicious and the setting delightful, poor service can ruin the occasion.  However, great service combined with mediocre meal and a plane jane restaurant can still be a pleasant night out.

We’ve eaten in restaurants that are really dirty but with incredible food and couldn’t help but give a rave review.  We’ve also hardly noticed what we ate because the setting was just amazing.

However, the best restaurants come with the best of service, food and ambiance.

Spas are the ultimate relaxation aid

How do you know when you have had a great spa experience?  The answer, of course, is when you doze off on the treatment table. 

Well that’s our theory anyway.  It also doesn’t take a grand location with enormous facilities for a spa to be really good

A small, personal spa that is owner run can result in the best massage you have ever experienced.  However, the grand spas in five star hotels offer unsurpassed facilities in an environment that just makes the stress in your shoulders and neck melt away before you even finish checking in.


You don’t have to be an adrenaline junky to enjoy an exciting experience.  In fact, what are commonly termed adventure activities usually have incredibly high safety standards and unblemished safety records.

Ziplining, bungy jumping and shark cage diving are all very safe.  It’s just that our mind tells us we are craaazzzzyyyy to be doing this.

On the road to great places of accommodation, restaurants, spas and adventure activities

If you’re driving, be safe and make use of all the wonderful farm stalls that populate South Africa’s open roads.

If you overhear somebody asking a lot of questions or see someone taking photos of empty bedrooms chances are it’s one of our Home Food and Travel team members.

We’re out looking or those great places of accommodation, restaurants, spas and adventure activities.

See you on the road!


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