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  • Experience the interesting lifestyle of a working ostrich farm
  • Set in picturesque arid pastoral Karoo scenery
  • Numerous attractions and activities in the region

Mooiplaas Guesthouse

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

9km from Oudtshoorn

 

-33.6583, 22.1461

About

After buying Mooiplaas in 1867, the Keller family have been farming ostriches on this Oudtshoorn property for four generations. Today, the farm is home to 1 500 breeding ostriches and is the only place in the area where you can see the three different types of ostrich: the Kenyan Red, Zimbabwe Blue and African Black.

Mooiplaas has a variety of accommodation suitable for everyone from solo travellers to families, couples, honeymooners and large groups. 

All rooms feature outstanding mountain and farmland views. The Luxury Double and Superior/Honeymoon Suites in the the grand Guesthouse each sleep 2 in King beds and are spacious and luxurious, with lots of extras. 

Three Family Suites sleep 4 and have a King bed, en-suite bath and shower, and lounge area, while one has a Queen bed, en-suite shower, and Twin beds in the lounge area. Interleading doors between these suites allow for larger families. The extensive garden features a large swimming pool with sun deck and sun loungers. These are not self-catering units and do not include a kitchenette.

The self-catering Farmhouse is located in an idyllic and secluded setting and overlooks its own private swimming pool which is set in the front garden. Each self-catering double room includes a private patio with table and chairs and a kitchenette. The fully equipped communal kitchen can be made available by arrangement to groups booking the Farmhouse for exclusive use.

A dinner at Mooiplaas is a memorable 4-course Karoo affair with a set menu selection featuring 3 options per course. Authentic gourmet offerings feature traditional dishes such as ostrich fillet, bobotie and buttermilk dessert, perhaps accompanied by a selection of fine wines from the Gentleman’s bar.

Koos will take you on a tour around the ostrich farm, where you will have the chance to see the adult birds, the curious and friendly juveniles and the hatching chicks. The Guesthouse also offers a variety of suggested itineraries which cater to either animal lovers, wine lovers, extreme outdoorsmen, culture vultures, shoppers, families, or a combination of the above. These will help you to experience the offerings of the farm itself, as well as the myriad of surrounding attractions - with picnic baskets provided on request.

Please note that Mooiplaas only accepts Visa and Mastercard credit cards on the premises.

Rates & Summary


12 Manor Suites

4 Suites
4 Honeymoon Suites
4 Family Suites
Most with shower and bath
Each has a lounge area
Separate entrance
Patio or balcony

4 Self-Catering Farmhouse Suites 

Each has self-catering facilities
Each has en-suite shower and bath
Communal lounge with fireplace
Dining room & outdoor braai facilities
Farmhouse swimming pool

Pricing

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

Catering

Continental and cooked breakfast included 
Self-catering: breakfast on request
4 course gourmet dinner: R 255 pp

Kids

Kids love the swings and the wide open spaces. Babysitting, a kids menu, and earlier dining hours are available. 

Why Stay Here?

The 3 000 hectare family-run farm just south of Oudtshoorn is proud of its history and heritage, and extends to its guests the warm country hospitality that has been part of their culture for generations. Both relaxation and adventure activities are on offer in this peaceful part of the Klein Karoo. Mooiplaas Guesthouse is situated on a working ostrich farm. Here, you can enjoy the wide open spaces and magnificent views of the Swartberg Mountains, soak up the family-friendly atmosphere, and experience an authentic Klein Karoo farm stay, complete with mouth-watering traditional cuisine.

Summary

  • Experience the interesting lifestyle of a working ostrich farm
  • Set in picturesque arid pastoral Karoo scenery
  • Numerous attractions and activities in the region

Privacy

Greatest privacy is offered in the self-catering farmhouse, which may also be booked for exclusive use.

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

The short gravel approach road is suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Ostrich farm tour
  • Bird watching
  • Hiking
  • Xhosa cultural experience
  • Nearby activities and attractions include the Cango Caves, wine-tasting, hot air ballooning, meerkat safari, horse riding, camel rides, and more.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Fan included
  • Heater included
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood provided
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming 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 (dinner by arrangement)
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Kitchenette
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Hot Plates
  • Fridge or minibar
  • No cleaning materials

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • Babysitting available
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 10km
  • Nearest fuel within 10km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe
  • 24 hour security

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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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