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  • Characterfully rustic farm-style accommodation
  • Beautiful pastoral Karoo scenery
  • Well located to break the JHB - CPT drive, but consider staying on for a day

Karoo Pandok

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Bethulie

 

-30.4932, 25.983

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At Karoo Pandok, guests can get a taste of relaxed life on the Platteland, staying in comfortable farm-style lodgings surrounded by lush gardens in the Free State town of Bethulie.

Perfect as a stopover point for travellers driving from Johannesburg to Cape Town or vice versa, the guest house is also well-suited for some tranquil rest and relaxation, offering a wide choice of accommodation and catering options.

Available on a room only or bed and breakfast basis, two luxury double rooms (Blue and Pink) are attached to the main house, overlooking the refreshing swimming pool. Another two luxury double rooms are situated in a separate building, and are given character by Nguni hide rugs and colourful decorations. Comforts in the double rooms include air conditioning and heating, satellite televisions, tea/coffee facilities and en-suite showers, while Room 3 has a kitchenette for basic self-catering. 

The separate building also plays host to the much more basic Karoo Backpacker Room with en-suite shower and tea/coffee facilities; an affordable but comfy choice for groups of up to four people. 

On the far end of the smallholding, the Farmers Cottage is a luxurious, brightly-decorated abode well-suited for couples. It offers all the same amenities as the double rooms, but boasts much more space and comprehensive facilities. Guests who opt to self-cater will make good use of the kitchen and dining area, while the stoep offers braai facilities and a tranquil view over the garden and distant hills. On cold winter nights, guests can snuggle up in front of a fireplace in the lounge.

Self-catering families or groups of five will enjoy the privacy of the quaint Karoo Huisie, which is situated on a neighbouring smallholding with flowing lawns and large trees. This lovingly decorated cottage has an air conditioned main bedroom with a double bed, and a second bedroom with three single beds, sharing a full bathroom. A kitchen, dining table, TV lounge and wide stoep with braai facilities, along with plenty of outdoor space for both kids and adults to enjoy, makes the cottage perfect for long and short stays alike.

All guests have access to an entertainment lapa next to the swimming pool, where lazy days can be spent braaiing, socialising and relaxing.

Just down the road, Die Ou Kar is a wonderfully quirky restaurant and pub run by the same hospitable owners of Karoo Pandok. Breakfast is served here in the mornings, while the lunch and dinner offerings range from steaks, to pizza and Karoo specialities. With delicious food, a warm atmosphere and ice cold drinks, it is clear to see why this establishment is the most popular of its kind in Bethulie. 

With no problem filling bellies, long-staying guests can fill their days with visits to the many Anglo Boer War memorial sites, water sports at the nearby Gariep Dam, hiking, rock art tours, 4x4 adventures, game viewing and fossil trails.

Rates & Summary


4 Luxury Farm Style Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in double bed
En-suite shower
Open onto garden and swimming pool

Karoo Backpacker

Sleeps 4 in 2 single beds and bunk bed
En-suite shower
Opens onto garden and pool

Farmers Cottage

Sleeps 2 in double bed
En-suite shower
Kitchen and dining area
Lounge with fireplace
Verandah with braai facilities
Private garden

Karoo Huisie

Sleeps 5 in 1 double and 3 single beds
Bathroom with shower and bath
Kitchen and dining area
Verandah with braai facilities
Garden views

Pricing

  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above

Catering

Room only, B&B and self-catering options available

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Situated in the small Free State town of Bethulie, Karoo Pandok is a comfy farm-style retreat with five rooms and two cottages, along with a swimming pool. The guest house offers characterful, affordable farm-style accommodation on beautifully lush grounds in the arid Karoo, and is a perfect halfway stop between Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Summary

  • Characterfully rustic farm-style accommodation
  • Beautiful pastoral Karoo scenery
  • Well located to break the JHB - CPT drive, but consider staying on for a day

Privacy

The Karoo Huisie is situated on a separate smallholding and offers extra privacy for families or groups.

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Nearby: water sports, game viewing, hunting, 4x4 trails, hiking, fossil tours, San rock art, Anglo Boer War monuments, museum.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Heater included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Kitchenette
  • Braai area available
  • Gas stove
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • No Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Wheelchair friendly
  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • Shuttle service available

Payment

  • Cash accepted

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Motheo & Xhariep

Free State

About

The Motheo region of the Free State occupies a nook in the south-east of the province, a piece of flat land that comes up against the magnificence of the Malotis, the mountain range that forms the border between South Africa and the Kingdom of Lesotho.

Consisting of farm land in the main, Motheo holds the province’s capital and the judicial capital of South Africa, Bloemfontein. Motheo translates from the Sotho to “foundation” or “strong base of a building”, an appropriate term, as it is from here that the building and progress of the province is governed and monitored.

The region is striking for its very diverse cultural flavours – Bloemfontein has long been an Afrikaner stronghold and reflects this in its history, architecture, language and lifestyle. It falls into the same municipality (Mangaung) as Botshabelo, an urban township formed far more recently, and Thaba ‘Nchu, a predominantly Basotho frontier town set among sandstone cliffs.

Compact towns such as Dewetsdorp, Excelsior, Hobhouse, Ladybrand, Tweespruit, Van Stadensrus and Wepener are small centres of sandstone buildings, breaking long stretches of maize and wheat fields. They have their origins in chapters of South African history such as the Basotho Wars or the Anglo-Boer Wars.

Xhariep, the region south of Motheo, stretches to the Eastern and Northern Cape borders, separated from both these provinces by the 2 000-kilometre Orange River. A terrain mainly of grassland but changing to semi-desert as it edges into the Karoo, it is irrigated by the Orange, now increasingly referred to by its original Khoisan name, !Gariep.

Xhariep is sparsely populated with large expanses of farmland cultivating grain and rearing sheep, cattle and ostriches.

Its main attraction is the vast !Gariep Dam, the largest dam in the country and a tourist attraction growing in popularity as an increasing number of recreational activities set up on its banks.

On its northern shore is an 11 000-hectare game sanctuary. Tourism is helped by the fact that three national roads traverse Xhariep - the N1, N6 and N8 - ensuring it is “on the way” for many travellers.

Sprinkled throughout are 17 small towns named for landowners, men of the church and historical characters.  Among them are Bethulie, Edenburg, Fauresmith, Jacobsdal, Luckhoff, Petrusburg, Phillipolis, Reddersburg, Rouxville, Smithfield, Springfontein, Trompsburg and Zastron.

Trompsburg, a centre of merino sheep-farming, is the seat of administration.  Two other towns, Koffiefontein and Jagersfontein, are diamond-mining centres.

Xhariep revels in big blue, unpolluted skies, religious and historical sites and some fascinating geographical features. 

Look out for

Capital city architecture – Bloemfontein has historical buildings by the dozen, many of them reflecting the sandstone architecture of the late 19th century.  The institutions that line President Brand Street are good examples.  See the City Hall, the Ou Raadsaal, the Literature Museum and the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Naval Hill – This hill is a source of pride to residents of Bloemfontein.  It offers great views of the town and its slopes are the location of the Franklin Game Reserve.  An observatory at the top has been converted into a theatre.

Ladybrand – This town, from where the sandstone to construct the Union Buildings in Pretoria was mined, packs a lot into limited space. In its vicinity are rock art sites, two locations where important dinosaur fossils were found, and Modderpoort, an Anglican Mission Station that also contains the grave of the legendary Basotho prophet, Mantsopa.

Maria Moroka Game Reserve – This national park, which includes the Groothoek Dam, is found at the foot of the Thaba Nchu Mountain and contains zebras, eland, red hartebees, black wildebeest, springbok, blesbok and white rhino.  An eight-kilometre hike through the park is popular with tourists and yields good birding.  Alternately, game drives under the guidance of a ranger can be taken.

Zastron – Situated between the Caledon and Orange Rivers, Zastron boasts a number of natural features.  The Eye of Zastron is a hole in a large sandstone ridge on Aasvoëlberg or Vulture Hill, looming over the town. The Hippopotamus Cave takes its name from numerous hippo paintings on its rocks created by the San, while on the Glen Rosa Farm there’s a cave with a San frieze five meters high. Two dams in the town’s environs offer recreation – Eeufeeskloof and Montagu.  The Manyaputi Nature Reserve in also located here.

Tiger Canyons Breeding Project – On the farm, Tiger Canyons, wildlife specialist John Varty is undertaking an experiment to breed free-ranging, self-sustaining tiger populations in the wild, outside Asia.  Visitors can take a game drive in a 4x4 vehicle, adapted for their safety, in order to see the tigers at close range.

Letsatsi Game Lodge – This reserve is located near Smithfield on the road to Bethulie and offers game drives, horse rides and hiking.  Both chalet and tented accommodation is available. There are also conference facilities.  Buffalo, eland and black wildebeest are some of the game stocked.

Jagersfontein’s diamond heyday - In the 1890s, diamond mining in Jagersfontein yielded two notable gems, the 972-carat Excelsior diamond and the 637-carat Reitz diamond.  Digging came to an end in the late 1960s, but one can still visit the old mine where the diamond rush started.  The Open Mine Museum makes an interesting tour, or one can hike the Diggers Groot Gat Trail, a 35-kilometre walk over three days.

Oude Kraal Country Estate and Spa is a great place for good food and wine. The Colonial Restaurant offers six-course dinners and the food is legendary.

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