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  • Wildlife, activities and scenery make for a brilliant N1 stopover
  • Comfortable, spacious rooms will leave you well rested
  • A great stepping stone for exploring the most far flung Karoo

Lemoenfontein Game Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

8km from Beaufort West


-32.2841, 22.5998


Originally the hunting lodge of a well-to-do English gentleman, Lemoenfontein Game Lodge dates back to 1850, and features the charming high ceilings, wooden floors and wide verandahs characteristic of the era’s grand Karoo homesteads.

Today, the lodge accommodates guests in 14 country-style rooms with King, Queen or twin beds, while the farm offers activities such as game viewing, 4x4 driving and mountain biking. The garden is a pleasingly lush retreat and has a cooling swimming pool with a beautiful mountain backdrop.

Although still reflecting the original style of the hunting lodge, the rooms have been modernised to ensure the comfort of visitors. Ceiling fans and air conditioners keep guests cool during the hot summers, while heaters safeguard against cold winter nights. Satellite television, hairdryers and tea/coffee facilities add to the luxury, while the en-suite bathrooms have either a bath and shower or shower only. 

Each room can have an extra mattress added for a child, while several have kitchenettes to accommodate self-catering guests, with the lodge able to arrange meat and food packs. Firewood can be provided for those who want to make use of the braai facilities in the lovely outdoor lapa. The rooms all open onto the spacious verandahs, allowing guests to enjoy the serenity of the surrounds. 

Rates are room only, but appetising Full English breakfasts, light lunches and delectable dinners - featuring Karoo specialities - are served on request, either on the verandah or in front of a log fire in the dining room. 

Also kept cosy by a fireplace, the lounge is an opulent retreat where guests can sip on pre-dinner drinks from the honesty bar or watch television. Apart from the swimming pool, the lodge offers a range of activities, including morning and afternoon game drives through the haunting semi-desert vistas of the Karoo.

The farm plays host to 23 species of mammal, including eland, zebra, kudu and giraffe, which guests can get a good view of from the open game drive vehicles. Walking trails allow an even more intimate connection with the wildlife, while giving bird watchers a good chance of spotting Karoo specials. 

There is a challenging mountain bike trail for experienced riders, as well as a more sedate route well-suited for families and leisure cyclists. Guests with off-road vehicles will have a blast on the scenic 4x4 trail, stopping for packed picnics and sundowners along the way. 

Packed lunches can also be arranged for day trips into the nearby Karoo National Park, a spectacularly scenic wilderness area with a fossil trail, rugged mountains and a dazzling variety of fauna and flora. Other attractions include specialist birding safaris and tours of the Nelspoort rock engraving complex, as well as donkey cart trips of the historical part of Beaufort West or the Kwa Mandlenkosi Township.

Rates & Summary

14 Double Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King, Queen or twin beds
Extra mattress can be added for a child
En-suite bath and shower or shower only
Verandah with garden views
Several rooms are appointed for self-catering


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Rates are room only
English breakfast available
Karoo dinners and light lunches available
Self-catering can be arranged
Braai facilities are available


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Conveniently situated just off the N1 between Johannesburg and Cape Town, Lemoenfontein Game Lodge offers comfortable country-style accommodation on a beautiful 10 000 hectare game farm in the Great Karoo outside Beaufort West. The lodge boasts modern comfort but has the charming features of old Karoo architecture. Exceptional tranquillity and authentic Karoo cuisine, along with a range of wonderful outdoor activities, contribute to a rejuvenating break from the trappings of modern life.


  • Wildlife, activities and scenery make for a brilliant N1 stopover
  • Comfortable, spacious rooms will leave you well rested
  • A great stepping stone for exploring the most far flung Karoo

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

The gravel approach road is suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Game drives
  • Walking and mountain bike trails
  • 4x4 route
  • Nearby: Karoo National Park, donkey cart trips, fossil trails, rock art, golf course, museum.


Accommodation & Hospitality

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

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast and dinner by arrangement
  • No Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Kitchenette
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Fridge or minibar


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

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Full business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • Babysitting available
  • Child friendly
  • Pets allowed by arrangement
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 10km
  • Nearest fuel within 10km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT not accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe




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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