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  • Beautiful landscapes and mountain views abound
  • Rustic, comfortable country retreat in a tranquil Karoo wilderness
  • Well located for exploring the numerous activities and attractions nearby

Thabile Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

23km from Oudtshoorn

 

-33.5434, 22.4102

About

A place of happiness. This is the Sotho translation of Thabile, and the owners do everything possible to ensure their lodge lives up to its name. The lodge was lovingly built from the ground up at the foot of the Swartberg mountain range and has blossomed from modest beginnings into a lovely, comfortable rural retreat.

Matching the natural colours of the surrounding Karoo, accommodation consists of six cottages, each housing two King bedrooms, which can be handily converted into twins. With their attractive earthy walls and floors, and unique handmade twin basins, the rooms showcase tasteful Africanism and comfort, making you feel very at home in the Karoo wilderness. Ten of the rooms have en-suite showers only, while guests who prefer a bit more choice can ask for the two rooms with full en-suite bathrooms.

The rooms are spacious enough to accommodate an extra child in a single bed and each cottage is ideal to book out for groups of up to eight guests. From the verandahs, guests can soak up the picturesque views spreading over the colourful Karoo and to the mountains.

This semi-arid environment can get rather warm during summer, so air conditioning in the rooms is a bonus, while other facilities include televisions, free wireless internet and tea and coffee facilities.

A filling South African breakfast is included in the rates, and sumptuous three-course dinners, served on the elevated verandah, are available on request. The swimming pool, surrounded by bushy indigenous vegetation and comfy loungers, is exceptionally inviting in summer. Winters are crisp so in the evenings you can kick back in the cosy bar and lounge with its television and DVD collection. Guests can sip champagne in the bubbling Jacuzzi, have a workout in the small gym or relax in the steam room.

The large landscaped garden has a bird feeder that attracts some colourful avian life, while the tranquil 600ha farm also has numerous bird species and interesting plants and is ideal for scenic walks.

Oudtshoorn’s main drawcard is its multiple ostrich farms, where thousands of the world’s biggest bird can be watched, fed and even ridden. There are some great natural attractions nearby, with the most noteworthy of these being the Cango Caves, meerkat safaris, camel riding and nature reserves. For some unique cultural and farm-style experiences, take a donkey trail, go on a township tour or experience a guided tour to a traditional Xhosa village.

Rates & Summary


12 King/Twin Rooms

2 rooms per each of the 6 cottages
Each sleeps 2 in King or twin beds
En-suite shower or bath and shower
Verandah with mountain views

Pricing

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

Catering

Continental and cooked breakfast included
Three course dinner at extra cost

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome.
Single beds can be added to the rooms for children.

Why Stay Here?

Situated outside Oudtshoorn - South Africa’s ostrich capital - Thabile Lodge is a rustically luxurious establishment that offers accommodation in 12 comfortable rooms decorated with subtle African flair. Guests will enjoy the peace and quiet of the 600ha Karoo wilderness surrounding the comfortable, warm and characterful country retreat, which offers beautiful mountain and landscape views and plenty to keep guests busy.

Summary

  • Beautiful landscapes and mountain views abound
  • Rustic, comfortable country retreat in a tranquil Karoo wilderness
  • Well located for exploring the numerous activities and attractions nearby

Privacy

For groups or families, each of the 6 cottages can be booked out for more privacy.

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

The gravel road leading to the lodge is suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Spa with Jacuzzi and steam bath
  • Small gym
  • Nature walks

Nearby: ostrich farms, nature reserves, meerkat safari, wildlife ranch, camel rides, donkey trail, 4x4 routes, Cango Caves, wine tasting, township tours, cultural experiences.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • No dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • 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)
  • No Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Fridge or minibar
  • No cleaning materials

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • Gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

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

Access & Convenience

  • Wheelchair friendly
  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 10km
  • Nearest fuel within 10km
  • No shuttle service available

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash 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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