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  • Tranquil, leafy property near the heart of town
  • Elegant rooms offer quirky designs and great comfort
  • A good base for exploring the numerous offerings of the region

Earthbound B&B

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Oudtshoorn


-33.5906, 22.1862


A colourful celebration of the Klein Karoo, Earthbound B&B offers charming accommodation for visitors, who will appreciate the guest house’s homely modern atmosphere, warm service and convenient location. Filled with quirky decorative touches, the guest house has five uniquely decorated rooms, all equipped with air conditioning, ceiling fans, safes, hairdryers and satellite television. Interesting hand-crafted furnishings and bright colours add distinctive character to each of the rooms.

After refreshing in the en-suite bathrooms, which contain either showers or baths with overhead showers, guests can slip into a bathrobe and slippers before sinking into a comfy bed. Sizes vary from the standard room up to the superior room, with the rooms housing either double, Queen-size or King-size beds which can be converted to twins. The majority of the rooms have patios with views of the manicured garden, allowing guests to relax in the tranquil outdoor setting.

Each room has the special advantage of its own private breakfast corner or breakfast room where guests can start off their day by enjoying continental treats in complete privacy.

For those with a larger appetite, English breakfast top-ups are available on request. If you want to mingle with fellow guests or simply relax, head to the comfy guest lounge, admiring the antiques and interesting ornaments while warming the bones in front of a fireplace on chilly winter evenings. On hot days, guests can recline on loungers after a dip in the crystal clear pool. Contrasting with the dryness of the Karoo, the pretty garden has plenty of shade and is an ideal spot to bury yourself in a good book while sipping a refreshing drink. 

The guest house is within easy reach of the town centre, and is conveniently positioned on the road to the incredible Cango Caves and awe-inspiring Swartberg Pass, two of the town’s popular drawcards. 

Oudtshoorn is best known for its prolific ostrich farming, and there are numerous places where guests can learn more about these magnificent birds and perhaps even go for an exhilarating ride on one. Meerkat safaris are a great family activity, allowing visitors to get an intimate look at these cute and highly social mammals, while the Cango Widlife Ranch offers the opportunity to interact with hand-reared cheetahs. Children of all ages love the novelty of riding on a camel or donkey.

Those with a culinary passion can enjoy delicious traditional dishes at several good restaurants, or travel to one of the nearby estates to sample wine. Overall, the experience at Earthbound is packed with warm Klein Karoo character, making this a highly recommended accommodation venue.  

Rates & Summary

Standard Room

Sleeps 2 in double bed
En-suite shower
Private breakfast corner
Patio with garden views

Luxury Double Room

Sleeps 2 in double bed
En-suite shower over bath
Private breakfast room
Garden views

Luxury Queen Room

Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite shower
Private breakfast room
Garden views

Luxury King/Twin Room

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite shower
Private breakfast room
Garden views

Superior King/Twin Room

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Breakfast corner
Patio with garden views


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Continental breakfast included
English breakfast top-ups available

Why Stay Here?

Set on a property with lush gardens, Earthbound B&B is situated in the Klein Karoo town of Oudtshoorn, known as South Africa’s ostrich capital, and offers cosy accommodation in five well-appointed rooms. The guest house has warmly decorated, modern accommodation which provides ample comfort, while guests have the advantage of enjoying a private morning meal in their own breakfast corners or breakfast rooms. Situated in the town, on the road to the enthralling Cango Caves and Swartberg Pass, the guest house is conveniently located to explore the area.


  • Tranquil, leafy property near the heart of town
  • Elegant rooms offer quirky designs and great comfort
  • A good base for exploring the numerous offerings of the region

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

All the roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Braai facilities
  • Nearby: wine tasting, 4x4 routes, donkey trail, camel rides, hiking, nature reserves, meerkat safari, wildlife ranch, Cango Caves, township tours, cultural experiences.


Accommodation & Hospitality

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

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • No Restaurant
  • Kitchenette
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Fridge or minibar


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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • No business centre

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • No babysitting
  • Not child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • No shuttle service available


  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Office safe




Klein Karoo

Western Cape


The name ‘Karoo’ is synonymous with vast semi-arid landscapes, small rural towns, large farms, and few people, and here it is no different, except for that small word ’Klein’ (meaning little). There’s really nothing small about it, and only its modest title differentiates it from its big brother to the north, the Great Karoo.

The reason the Klein Karoo is dry is because it lies in the rain shadow between two long ridges of the Cape Fold mountains - these are made up of the Swartberg and Little Swartberg ranges in the north and the Outeniqua and Langeberg in the south. 

The 125 000ha Swartberg Nature Reserve, which includes the lost valley of Gamkaskloof, embraces most of the Swartberg range from De Rust in the east, past Oudtshoorn and Calitzdorp, and on towards Ladismith. It achieved World Heritage Site status in 2004. A section of the popular tourist ‘Route 62’ passes through the Klein Karoo from east to west, and is sometimes referred to as the ‘mountain route’ because the visitor is never out of sight of the impressive ridges. 

Getting to and from the region, the traveller has a choice of interesting options through or over the mountains. 

In the north, the amazing natural gateways of Meiringspoort and Seweweekspoort wind beneath the plunging cliffs, while the high altitude route is via the Swartberg Pass. In the south the Outeniqua and Robertson passes are no less sublime.

Big, bold scenery aside, the Klein Karoo has lots of smaller natural wonders that make it interesting, one of these being its wealth of plant species - the region is part of the succulent Karoo biome. 

Plant lovers will be happy to know the region takes a healthy third place in the succulent diversity rankings in South Africa. Many of these unusual plants are tiny and finding them requires the donning of hiking boots and a sun hat and stepping out into the veld. Other outdoor pursuits are plentiful with hiking trails, mountain bike routes and bird watching being popular.

The Klein Karoo also has a wealth of tourist attractions, many of which are centred around the region’s biggest town, Oudtshoorn. The fascinating Cango Caves, for example, attract around 250 000 visitors a year.

However, every town along the route has something unique on offer.  

As part of the longest wine route in the world, each town has either wine estates or a wine co-operative. Running parallel with this viticulture, but not as well known, is the R62 Brandy Route. This should bring a gleam to the eyes of many a South African, as Brandy is amongst the nation’s favoured spirits. Producers include Mons Ruber near De Rust, Kango Wine Cellar and Grundheim in Oudtshoorn, and Boplaas in Calitzdorp. 

As a destination the Klein Karoo is generous in its offerings which, like all good things in life, should be enjoyed slowly.

Look out for

The Cango caves are situated at the end of the R328, about 40km north of Oudtshoorn. Of the 5.3km of caves, 1.2km is open to the public and the Standard Tour is an easy walk through the first six largest and most spectacular halls to the ‘African Drum Room’. The Adventure Tour lasts 90 minutes and takes one deeper into the caves, but is strictly for lean, fit people who are definitely not claustrophobic because adventurers have to squeeze through narrow fissures. There’s an interpretive centre offering a short film, a museum, gift shop, bureau de change, bar and coffee shop, and a photographic Fantasy Theatre; plus a restaurant specialising in ostrich dishes. Open 363 days a year, but closed on Christmas Day. 

Wine, Port, and Brandy tasting - each town has at least one cellar where visitors can sample some of their produce, from Mons Ruber in De Rust, through to Kango Wine Cellar and Gundheim in Oudtshoorn, Boplaas, De Krans, and Calitzdorp cellars in Calitzdorp and Ladismith Wine Cellar in Ladismith.

Swartberg pass - This sinuous road, which climbs and dips between Prince Albert in the north to Matjiesrivier valley near the Cango Caves is widely regarded as one of the most spectacular mountain roads in the world.

Gamkaskloof, or Die Hel, as it is more commonly known – this lost valley, which was only connected to the outside world in the 1960’s, was once home to a remote group of people for over a century. At the time, they were described as ‘the most isolated community within a community of their own kind in the world’. The valley is now a nature reserve and offers overnight accommodation in some of the restored houses from that amazing era, as well as camping. Getting there is half the experience.  It takes more than two hours along the narrow gravel road from the top of the Swartberg Pass to cover the 50km to the end of the valley.

Meiringspoort - is the eastern gateway into the region and once in the poort the serpentine road winds around sheer cliffs of orange rock and across the mostly serene waters of the Grootrivier (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, and it’s easy to spend half a day exploring from one end to the next. Make a point of stopping at Waterfall Drift picnic site and taking the short stairway to view the waterfall with its 60m drop culminating in a deep pool.

Seweweekspoort - This spectacular gateway through the Swartberg Mountains is situated 24km west of Calitzdorp and winds below the imposing 2 325m Seweweekspoort peak - the highest in the Swartberg. In many ways it’s similar to Meiringspoort, except here the road is gravel and the atmosphere is more primitive. Visitors can also picnic in the poort itself, and one spot that’s perfect to break out the sandwiches is at the thatched umbrella below the cliffs.

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