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  • Beautifully styled Victorian guesthouse with elegant rooms
  • Great location to break long journeys
  • Lots of Karoo history and scenery nearby

Die Herehuis Guesthouse

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Beaufort West


-32.3542, 22.586


Situated in the historical Great Karoo town of Beaufort West, Die Herehuis is a charming mansion built in the late 1800s, and offers travellers a quiet retreat packed with the character of old. Although perfect as a stopover point between Cape Town and Johannesburg, guests may want to stay for a few more days to experience the warm hospitality, delicious Karoo food and laidback luxury.

The gabled house with wooden shutters plays host to elegant guest rooms appointed with air conditioning, tea/coffee facilities, bar fridges, microwaves, hairdryers, electric blankets, satellite television and wireless internet. The beds are dressed in 100% cotton linen and anti-allergenic duvets and pillows. 

Five rooms are situated in the beautifully-converted stables, and range from double and twin units, to two family rooms. One of the family units accommodates four guests in a Queen-size and two single beds, while the other has an additional two single beds for larger groups. During the day, guests can relax on the patios.

In the main house, the Sir Keiser rooms are luxurious spaces with full en-suite bathrooms. Guests can choose between twin or Queen rooms, or rooms with two Queen-size beds. Die Herehuis is child and pet friendly, providing a safe environment for all members of the family, who will be treated like royalty by the staff. 

The rates are room only, but comprehensive Continental or Full English breakfasts, as well as delicious dinners, can be served on request. A lovely braai area is available for guests who want to enjoy the guest house’s braai packs, which include superb Karoo Lamb and beef sausages. 

For guests staying for more than a night, there are a number of activities and attractions in the area. Visitors can take a self-guided historical walk through Beaufort West, encountering a number of beautiful buildings and monuments. The town became the first municipality in South Africa in 1837 and also hosted the country’s first town hall, which forms a part of the fascinating museum complex.

The Great Karoo is known as one of the world’s richest collecting grounds for fossils, and the Karoo National Park just outside Beaufort West is home to a fascinating fossil trail. Adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts can do everything from paintballing, to hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, hunting and golf.

For a slice of culture, take a donkey cart trip or a bicycle tour through the townships of Mandlenkosi and Rustdene. Your hosts have a thorough knowledge of the area’s hidden secrets, enabling you to have the best possible time in the region.

Rates & Summary

3 Luxury Stable Units

Each sleeps 2 in double or twin beds
En-suite shower or bath and shower
Patio with garden views

2 Family Stable Units

Unit 1 sleeps 4 in Queen-size and 2 single beds
Unit 2 sleeps 6 in Queen-size and 4 single beds
Unit 1 has en-suite shower
Unit 2 has en-suite bath and shower
Patio with garden views

3 Sir Keiser Twin and Standard Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in twin or Queen-size bed
En-suite bath and shower

2 Sir Keiser Queen Rooms

Each sleeps 4 in 2 Queen-size beds
En-suite bath and shower

3 Sir Keiser King Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite bath and shower


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Rates are room only
Continental or English breakfast on request
Dinner and braai packs on request


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Offering a tranquil setting in midtown Beaufort West, Die Herehuis offers charming accommodation in luxurious rooms, and is perfectly situated between Johannesburg and Cape Town. This Victorian-style mansion has a romantic old-world style but features rooms that are appointed with all the modern creature comforts. The guest house offers superb dinners, while the highest quality Karoo lamb and beef sausages can be arranged for guests who want to make use of the braai facilities.


  • Beautifully styled Victorian guesthouse with elegant rooms
  • Great location to break long journeys
  • Lots of Karoo history and scenery nearby

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, golf clubs, binoculars for bird watching/game viewing.

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Nearby: Karoo National Park, donkey cart trips, fossil trails, rock art, golf course, historical buildings, museum.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric blanket included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast and dinner by arrangement
  • No Restaurant
  • Not licensed
  • Kitchenette
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • No business centre

Access & Convenience

  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • Pets welcome
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted




Central Karoo

Western Cape


The Central Karoo falls within the Western Cape Province and embraces the south-western region of the vast and semi-arid Great Karoo. In keeping with the typical character of the Karoo the area is sparsely populated, with just a few towns scattered across the plains amongst large sheep and game farms.

Beaufort West is the main town of the region, with the nearby Karoo National Park being a big visitor draw card to the area. The region is home to two popular villages - Matjiesfontein, alongside the N1, and Prince Albert, tucked snugly at the base of the Swartberg Mountains.

In the north of the region the landscape has a prehistoric appearance, with conical hills and flat-topped ridges peppering the encircling horizon. A slight surge of the imagination could spark images of smoke and ash and oozing lava, with dinosaurs stomping along the valleys and gorges - a scene, perhaps, from the region eons ago. 

Further south the countryside loses altitude rapidly, tumbling more than 1 000m down the slopes of the rugged Nuweveld Mountains. It then levels out onto a vast plain that sweeps towards its southern boundary at the Swartberg Mountains, over 100km away.

Many travellers only pass through the region along the thin line of the N1. The Nuweveld Mountains north of Beaufort West may look interesting, but the plains to the south are more or less featureless. However, this perception should be tempered by the fact that the area contains more species of flora than the entire United Kingdom.

As with much of the Karoo, one has to get out on foot and explore to discover its true appeal. The region has a good choice of guest farms offering a range of Karoo experiences. Beaufort West, the northern ‘gateway’ to the Western Cape, is a busy town and one where many travellers stop in to refuel and have a bite to eat. Recently it has seen an increase in the number and quality of its guesthouses as tourism in South Africa’s platteland catches on.

The Central Karoo is more suited to the explorer than the tourist - to those who enjoy seeking the less obvious joys and novelties, and who enjoy the experience of the journey as much as the destination. 

Look out for

The Karoo National Park- On the outskirts of Beaufort West this 88 000ha park conserves the habitats and wildlife typical of the plains and mountains of the semi-arid Karoo. It is ostensibly a scenic park but there are a number of creatures to look out for during a game drive. Plains game includes gemsbok, springbok, red hartebeest and plains zebra in the low-lying areas, while klipspringer and Cape mountain zebra can be seen in the mountains. Top species to spot are the desert black rhino and the recently introduced pride of lions. For birdwatchers the list of around 200 species is quite impressive for the region. The road network has been upgraded to allow access to some of the mountains as well as the plains, and for the adventurous there are two easy 4x4 trails heading into the western reaches of the park. Day visitors are welcome. Accommodation is in chalets and caravan and camping sites.

Matjiesfontein - On the N1, 240km from Cape Town, there is a unique Victorian village which has changed little since its establishment in the late 19th century. The Lord Milner Hotel and other buildings seem to send one into a time warp. For those who enjoy antiques and Victoriana, the Marie Rawdon Museum is fascinating.

Prince Albert - This charming Karoo village at the base of the Swartberg Mountains has a large following of avid fans. It is situated on the R407, 45km south of the N1.

Meiringspoort - This scenically spectacular road is situated on the N12 as it meanders through the Swartberg Mountains. Once in the poort (narrow pass between precipitous mountains), the serpentine road winds around sheer cliffs of orange rock and across the mostly serene waters of the Groot Rivier (Great River), which it crosses 25 times. It falls within the Swartberg Nature Reserve and there are numerous well-maintained picnic sites along the way, some with braai facilities. It is easy to spend half a day exploring the pass. Make a point of stopping at Waterfall Drift picnic site and taking the short stairway to view the waterfall with its 60m drop.

The Swartberg Pass - This sinuous gravel road climbs and dips between Prince Albert and Matjiesrivier valley near the Cango Caves in the Klein Karoo. It is widely regarded as one of the most spectacular mountain roads in the world.

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