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Decorated with characterful modern flair, Pictures Guest House is a luxury establishment which will impress the most discerning of travellers looking for a peaceful stay in the Klein Karoo town of Outdshoorn.

Pictures Guest House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 14 years and older

In Oudtshoorn


-33.5899, 22.1853


The immaculate Pictures Guest House has established itself as one of the top luxury venues in Oudtshoorn, and for good reason. The guest house with attractive red-tiled roofs has been decorated in a modern style which is tasteful, luxurious and reflective of South Africa, and offers comprehensive facilities, services and rooms of immense comfort. Only accommodating six people, the guest house is a perfectly private venue to enjoy ultimate relaxation and personalised service.

The three rooms, each individually-themed by different pictures on the walls, are contemporary and stylish, featuring amenties such as air conditioning and heating, satellite televisions with DVD players, safes, stereo systems, hairdryers, minibars and refreshment stations with top-of-the-range coffee machines. Bathrobes and complimentary Charlotte Rhys bathroom products add to the comprehensive list of comforts. The luxury room has a King-size bed, an en-suite bathroom with a shower, and a balcony with views over the garden. A step up in terms of spaciousness, the two deluxe rooms come with either a full en-suite bathroom or an en-suite shower, and from the balconies guests can watch the sun setting behind the Swartberg mountains. If requested in advance, the King-size beds in all the rooms can be converted to twins, while an extra single bed can be added if need be.

The guest house has a variety of outdoor and indoor areas for guests to enjoy. A delicious homemade continental spread, along with meats and eggs cooked to order, is served on the covered verandah overlooking the pool. After breakfast, guests can choose to relax on the terrace or soak up the rays from loungers next to the swimming pool. Conveniently, swimming towels are provided in all the rooms. The opulent lounge is a good place to enjoy a drink, and on cold days the crackling fireplace keeps you warm and cosy.

To establish where you want to eat for lunch and dinner, a range of menus from some of the nearby restaurants are available for perusal. Once you have selected where to wine and dine, the guest house can make reservations on your behalf.

Other convenient services include porterage and a list of the best attractions in the area, and your hosts Margot and Wim are happy to make recommendations on how best to fill your day.

Oudtshoorn is arguably best known for being the Ostrich Capital of South Africa, and there are a multitude of farms where guests can visit to learn all about (and even ride) the world’s biggest bird. The nearby Cango Caves, famed for their vast underground walls and spectacular rock formations, are well worth a visit, offering several different tours to choose from.

Meerkat safaris allow participant to get a rare peek into the lives of these cute animals, and the Cango Wildlife Ranch gives visitors the opportunity to stroke a cheetah.

The more culturally inclined can sample wines at one of the surrounding estates, make a visit to one of the best small museums in the country, or get an intimate taste of what life is like for the indigenous Xhosa tribes by taking a village tour. Donkey and camel rides are a fun experience for the whole family.

Rates & Summary

Luxury Room

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite shower
Balcony with garden views

2 Deluxe Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower or shower only
Balcony with garden and mountain views


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Continental and English breakfast included


Children 14 and older are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Offering premium luxury in beautifully-decorated rooms, the guest house has a wide range of facilities for guests to enjoy and is situated close to Oudtshoorn’s attractions. Since there are only three rooms, privacy and personalised service are assured.


Decorated with characterful modern flair, Pictures Guest House is a luxury establishment which will impress the most discerning of travellers looking for a peaceful stay in the Klein Karoo town of Outdshoorn.

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

All the roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

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


Accommodation & Hospitality

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

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • No Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Fridge or minibar


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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • No shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal 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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