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About Oudtshoorn

A quaint 18th-century town, located between the Swartberg mountains to the north and the Outeniqua Mountains to the south, Oudtshoorn is famed as being 'the ostrich capital of the world'. Meaning 'our pride' in Xhosa, Oudtshoorn was once the epicentre of the 19th-century's ostrich feather craze. No self-respecting lady of the age would have been seen out in public without a plume or three adorning her head. Though this fad may have subsided, Oudtshoorn is still known for its ostriches, now something as a tourist attraction, as well as being commercially farmed. Our pick of the best places to stay in Oudtshoorn showcase the best in heritage and character-filled hotels.

A perfect base for exploring the Garden Route, as well as the Little and Great Karoo beyond. Our recommendations will show you the best places to stay in Oudtshoorn, a very civilised base from which to embark on a truly wild experience. With the gracious homes of these former ostrich barons still intact, along with other architectural pointers to Oudtshoorn’s former wealth (such as the CP Nel Museum, formerly a school), the town remains the 'ostrich capital of the world' and is now the prosperous tourist centre of the Little Karoo.

What not to miss:

  • Take a tour of some of the grandiose homes of Oudtshoorn’s 'feather barons', including what is now, the CP Nel Museum.
  • Cango Wildlife Ranch, a conservation park offering animal petting, is loved by all ages.
  • Scramble your way through the Cango Caves, a 20-million-year-old network of limestone chambers.
  • Visit one of the town ostrich breeding farms, the Safari Show Farm and the Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, being two of the most popular.

Our selection of the best places to stay in Oudtshoorn provides a wide range of charming hotels in this quirky, rural locale.

The Best Places to stay in Oudtshoorn

For a boutique stay

• Idiosyncratic owner managed hotel, Riverside Guest Lodge, features six uniquely decorated rooms.

• One of a kind, modern art-house stay, The Bright House Villa provides a unique stay within easy reach of town.

For total relaxation

Rosenhof Country House provides a refined and colonial setting to explore the surrounding countryside.

• Stay on this historic ostrich farm, now in the fourth generation of the same family, guests of De Denne Country House can look forward to an utterly indulgent stay.

For a great value stay

• A well-priced stay, guests can experience a stay at a traditional Cape Dutch style home at De Avond Rust.

• Heritage stay, right on Oudtshoorn's high street, Queen's Hotel is excellent value.

• Set outside of town, amidst Oudtshoorn's rolling hills, Red Stone Hills Holiday Farm provides an excellent value self-catering stay.

For a historic stay

• Dating back to the 19th-century, La Plume Guest House was once the home of a prominent ostrich farmer and boasts interiors filled with antiques and heritage pieces.

For a countryside stay

• A stay on a working olive farm, Surval Boutique Olive Estate, is a truly peaceful abode, with excellent locally sourced dining.

• Set amidst 1400-acres of farmland, The Retreat at Groenfontein, just outside of town, boasts a popular restaurant and antiquated lodgings.

For the perfect family stay

• With easy reach of the Klein Karoo and its bounty of wildlife opportunities and outdoor activities, Hlangana Lodge is much loved by families.

Travel Information

• If you want to rent self-drive to explore the scenic Garden Route, visit our online partner Rentalcars.

• Alternatively, George Airport is an hour's drive from Oudtshoorn, with daily flights from Cape Town International Airport.

• To get the best of the weather aim to visit between November and February. Between May and September see the coldest weather.

Still not sure?

• Widen the net to include our recommendations in nearby Knysna, George, Mossel Bay, Wilderness, Plettenberg Bay, and Calitzdorp.

• Take a look at our top recommendations for The Garden Route.

• Or contact one of our gurus for advice.

Best Hotels in Oudtshoorn

  • De Avond Rust 5 rooms from £37


    Charming traditional Cape Dutch style house, dating back to 1927. Featuring suite and cottage accommodation (perfect for families) it is walking distance from the little town of Oudtshoorn. Rooms are filled with antiques and there's an inviting garden restaurant, Casa Del Sole.

    Value chic  -  An excellent value, traditional style stay
    Sights nearby  -  Safari Ostrich Show Farm is just 6km away
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
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  • Queen's Hotel 40 rooms from £39


    A heritage stay, amidst the historic town of Oudtshoorn - walking distance from its attractions and eateries. Filled with period features, rooms are simple, yet the perfect base for exploring the area. Dine at your choice of restaurants: The Colony, Café Brûlé, and The Breakfast Room. Lovely pool.

    Local exploring  -  A perfect, good value base for you to explore the historic town of Oudtshoorn
    Sights nearby  -  Meerkat Magic is a fun visit for all ages
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
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  • Red Stone Hills Holiday Farm 8 rooms from £40


    This collection of eight self-catering cottages (breakfast is available) provide the perfect country stay amidst the rolling red hills of Oudtshoorn. With plenty of original features, each one includes an open fireplace, living and dining areas, plus capacious four-posters and roll-top baths.

    Value chic  -  A collection of excellent value self-catering cottages in the heart of Oudtshoorn
    Birdwatching  -  Hundreds of species of bird to be spotted - bring your binoculars
    Sights nearby  -  Take a drive to see the Bushmen paintings
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
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  • AfriCamps Klein Karoo 12 rooms from £47

    Oudtshoorn (Oudtshoorn,)

    The perfect family stay. Located on a working ostrich farm this collection of 12 tents is surrounded by the Karoo, several waterbodies, and wandering game: a true 'Out of Africa' experience. Excellent value these self-catering tents (breakfast is available) offer a comfortable camping experience.

    Families  -  Located on a working ostrich farm with horses and plenty of outdoor pursuits - a perfect family stay
    Value chic  -  Excellent value family stay
    Sights nearby  -  A tour of the Cango Caves
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • Riverside Guest Lodge 6 rooms from £70


    Classically decorated rooms provide a luxurious base amidst acres of pristine farmland. Boasting a spa, suites and family cottages, beautiful gardens, and panoramic views, it is a great stay for all ages. A hearty breakfast is served in the morning - a great way to set you up for a day's exploring!

    Families  -  With so many outdoor and wildlife activities, families will love this country lodge
    Sights nearby  -  Meerkat Magic is just 2km away and fun for all the family
    Kayaking  -  On the Grobbelaars River
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
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  • Oue Werf Hotel 12 rooms from £74


    Dating back to 1857, located right on Oudtshoorn highstreet, this traditional hotel was a former working farm. Surrounded by the picturesque Schoemanshoek Valley. Quirky rooms include eye-catching wallpaper and retro furnishings. There is an excellent restaurant on site and an inviting pool.

    Local exploring  -  Located right on the highstreet, it's the perfect spot to explore on foot
    Foodies  -  Boasting a superb restaurant, gastronomes will love
    Sights nearby  -  Stellenbosch Museum is just a short stroll away
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
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  • La Plume Boutique Guest House 18 rooms from £89

    Oudtshoorn (Volmoed,)

    Dating back to the 1900s every room is piled-high with antiques, from silverware to china-filled dressers. Rooms are decorated with polished pine and terracotta tiles and include rolltop baths and rolling views. The restaurant serves locally sourced South African and French cuisine. An idyllic stay.

    Romantic Break  -  Boasts lavish rooms, capacious baths, and an indulgent spa
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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  • De Denne Country House 13 rooms from £92


    Managed by the fourth-generation of the Keller family to live on this century-old working ostrich farm, guests of De Denne Country House are treated to an authentic African experience. Luxurious rooms with stunning views and large bathrooms make for a comfortable stay, as does an inviting pool.

    Country Escape  -  Live life in the slow lane in this rural country house
    Great walks  -  There are acres of trails to be explored right from your front door
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Full of character
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  • The Bright House Villa 3 rooms from £101


    Decorated in vibrant colours, juxtaposed with industrial exposed brick and polished concrete. A unique property, this double aspect villa with floor to ceiling windows is filled with artwork and antiques and offers a stylish stay. Enjoy a meal at Jemima's restaurant and a swim in the outdoor pool.

    Local exploring  -  Stylish interiors in the heart of Oudtshoorn
    Cooking classes  -  The owner's started the popular Jemima's restaurant - cooking classes are available to book
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
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  • De Kombuys Estate 3 rooms from £103


    Utterly charming, rustic-chic cottages located on a working farm in the midst of the Swartberg Mountain Range. This Cape Dutch-style estate gives guests a glimpse into a traditional way of life. Diners will love the on-site Marbled Wagyu restaurant serving a range of home-grown, home-cooked produce.

    Country Escape  -  Rustic cottages located on a working farm: rural bliss!
    Families  -  A great family stay on a working farm
    Great walks  -  Nestled amidst the Swartberg Mountain Range, there are miles and miles of walking paths
    Sights nearby  -  The Cango Caves are just 4km away
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  • Surval Boutique Olive Estate 31 rooms from £112


    A delightful country stay boasting 31 rooms decorated in a contemporary stay with farmland views. The dining is superb. Choose from locally sourced, seasonal food. A proper breakfast spread sets you up for a day's spent exploring outdoors. All this plus a spa, pool, and children's activities.

    Country Escape  -  Superb dining in a picturesque country setting
    Sights nearby  -  Just over 3 km away, the nearby Ostrich Farm is a must visit
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • The Retreat at Groenfontein 8 rooms from £115


    Just short of 1400 acres this expansive property allows for plenty of country walks right from your front door. An inviting pool, rustic-luxury rooms with private sit outs, it's a wonderfully peaceful stay. Locally sourced food is served in the popular restaurant, The Retreat.

    Country Escape  -  A traditional country stay in the midst of The Garden Route's scenic valleys
    Local markets  -  Calitzdorp Saturday Market, held every Saturday morning, is popular with locals
    Kayaking  -  Along Nel's River
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
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  • Rosenhof Country House 14 rooms from £197


    Picturesque, white-panelled, colonial style house, set amidst acres of manicured gardens. Rooms are heavenly and range from one-bedroom suites to three-bedroom villas. An air of decorum is maintained throughout the hotel, where an excellent wine list and gourmet cuisine is served. A top choice.

    Romantic Break  -  Luxurious suites, fine dining, beautiful gardens, and indulgent spa treatments - what more could you want?
    Great walks  -  The Swartberg Mountains have over 27kms worth of trails to be explored
    Sights nearby  -  Explore Africa's largest network of caves, The Cango Caves
    Restrictions on children  -  Chlidren above the age of 12 are welcome
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  • Wildehondekloof Private Game Reserve 9 rooms from £214


    This privately owned game reserve provides adults-only accommodation in the heart of the Swartberg Mountains. Bright and contemporary rooms look out across rolling hills and a sparkling pool. Enjoy campfires by the evening and spot grazing kudu in the morning. A buffet breakfast is served.

    Total relaxation  -  A private game reserve for grown-ups only, offers total relaxation
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Restrictions on children  -  Adults only
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