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  • Elegant country lodge with beautiful views
  • Colourful, comfortable rooms offer great value
  • Spectacular mountainous surrounds to explore

Koedoeskloof Country Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

8km from Ladismith WC

 

-33.5053, 21.1703

About

After years of dreaming and planning, hosts Debi & Eugene Bezuidenhoudt left the rat race in Johannesburg and moved to the country. They travelled wide and far to find this little piece of heaven in the Karoo, and loves sharing their enthusiasm with guests. It's an owner-run business, with only the two of them, and their daily duties include everything from sweeping the veranda, to gardening, project management, preparing guests breakfasts and making their own-recipe burger patties for evening meals. 

The style and decor of Koedoeskloof has been chosen to blend in with the surrounding Karoo veld and fynbos, complementing it with its crispness and simplicity. 

Koedoeskloof has 4 beautifully decorated suites with twin or king size beds and en-suite bathrooms, a communal lounge with its own fireplace and TV, two dining tables and six 4-seaters on the deck.

There are also four lawned terraces suitable for 2/3-man tents for touring groups of motorcyclists. Each terrace has ample shade, an electrical point, and access to outside washrooms with warm water. There is also a kitchenette with washing up facilities and a kettle. Campers have full access to the communal braai area with its spectacular views of Towerkop. Koedoeskloof sells braai packs, wood, ice, salads and roosterkoek to campers, as well as other guests wanting to braai during their stay.

Rates & Summary


4 Bed and Breakfast En-Suite rooms 

3 rooms have showers, 1 has a bath
Each room leads onto a verandah
Each has its own entrance

24 Camp Sites for 2-Man Tents

Ample shade with own electrical point
Access to the outside ablution facility
Access to the communal braai area
Kitchenette for campers

Pricing

  • R 275 - R 295 pp sharing  
  • R 375 - R 395 single

All prices include breakfast

  • R 65 pp Camp sites

Catering

Breakfast included
Choice of homemade burgers available for optional evening meals

Kids

Kids are always welcome.
Camping: R25 per child under 12.

Why Stay Here?

Koedoeskloof is situated in the Dwarsrivier valley overlooking the amazing Towerkop. This beautiful little valley is an agricultural paradise, producing grapes, apricots, peaches and nuts. The myriad of gravel and tar roads leading here, are great for all kinds of biking. Gracious hosts, a lovely bar and restaurant area to relax in, great tasting homemade burgers, close proximity to wine tasting, hiking in area, and great birding make this a very rewarding destination.

Summary

  • Elegant country lodge with beautiful views
  • Colourful, comfortable rooms offer great value
  • Spectacular mountainous surrounds to explore

Privacy

Each unit has its own entrance.

Things to consider Bringing

Torch, sunblock, hat, walking shoes, tick protection, first aid kit and beach towels, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

The last 500m or so is dirt, which is usually in fair condition, but can become slippery in the wet summer season. The road can be navigated perfectly safely in any vehicle.

Activities & Attractions

  • Birding
  • Motorcycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Quad biking
  • Rock climbing
  • Hiking trails

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Fireplace
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Periodic housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Braai area available

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Solar and gas geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Limited cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 10km
  • Nearest fuel within 10km

Payment

  • Credit cards not accepted
  • EFT accepted

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Klein Karoo

Western Cape

About

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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