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  • Sleep in a charmingly repurposed ostrich hatchery
  • Rustic venue offers relaxed farm explorations
  • Located along the popular Route 62

Soeterus Guest Farm

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

2km from Calitzdorp


-33.5395, 21.6724


Situated just off the famous Route 62 outside Calitzdorp, Soeterus Guest Farm is an ideal stopover point for travellers heading down to the Garden Route, but is equally well suited to those looking for a tranquil breakaway in the heart of the scenic Klein Karoo.

Guests are accommodated in a Cape Dutch-style ostrich hatchery (appropriate when considering that this region is famed for its ostrich farming) which has been lovingly renovated to contain spacious rooms of soothing modern comfort. The original reed ceilings and poplar beams have been left as a charming reminder of the Klein Karoo’s colourful history, while lush grapevines grow around the entrances.  

Depending on their preferences, couples can stay in three rooms with double beds and two with twins, while those who want a bit more luxury can choose the honeymoon suite, which houses an extra large King-size bed. The family room is a comfortable home-away-from home, sleeping two adults in twin beds, and two children on a double sleeper couch. 

Each room has an en-suite shower, along with cotton percale linen, fans, bar fridges and tea/coffee facilities with delicious home baked rusks. The screened patios, which showcase lovely views of the garden and mountains, are great places to sip on sundowners or become immersed in a book.

The guest house’s, varied delicious breakfasts are something to be remembered, and can be enjoyed either in the dining room or on your private patio. Hearty lunches and dinners can be prepared on request, as well as picnic baskets, which guests can take along with them on a walk through the farm. Year-round sunny weather means that outdoor activities are almost always possible, and after strolling through lucerne fields, vineyards and scrubland, the river provides a picture-perfect picnic setting.

On the way, look out for some of the special birds and small animals that call the Karoo home. On returning to the guest house, a dip in the swimming pool is the best way to cool down before enjoying a spectacular sunset and a dazzlingly clear night sky.

A two-minute drive away, Calitzdorp has a number of art galleries, wine cellars, restaurants are architecturally-significant buildings for tourists to discover, as well as a museum which illustrates the fascinating history of the town. Visit the Calitzdorp Spa for a rejuvenating soak in a natural hot spring bath, or head to the nearby Gamkaberg Nature Reserve to get a close-up look at the natural wonders of the Klein Karoo. There are several scenic mountain passes to drive through on the way to attractions such as the Cango Caves and the ostrich capital of Oudtshoorn.

Soeturus owners James and Hanlie do everything possible to ensure that guests are looked after, and will happily shed light on some of the area’s many other activities and attractions.

Rates & Summary

2 Twin Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in twin beds
En-suite shower
Screened patio

3 Double Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in double bed
En-suite shower
Screened patio

Honeymoon Suite

Sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite shower
Patio with daybed

Family Room

Sleeps 4 in twin and single beds and sleeper couch
En-suite shower
Screened patio


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Continental and English breakfast included
Lunch and dinner on request
Picnic baskets on request


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Surrounded by the ruggedness of the Klein Karoo outside Calitzorp, Soeturus Guest Farm offers modern country-style accommodation in beautifully-decorated guest rooms, along with tranquillity and warm hospitality. At this peaceful Klein Karoo retreat, guests will stay in a charmingly-renovated ostrich hatchery with original reed ceilings and sturdy poplar beams. Request a picnic basket and take a walk through the farm, which is home to scenic mountain views, lucerne crops, vineyards and a river.


  • Sleep in a charmingly repurposed ostrich hatchery
  • Rustic venue offers relaxed farm explorations
  • Located along the popular Route 62

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

The short gravel approach road is suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

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


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Verandah / patio
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • No Restaurant
  • Not licensed
  • Fridge or minibar


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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • No television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • No Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km


  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted




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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