Oudtshoorn is sometimes called the ostrich capital of the world, so it's only fitting that this guest house is situated on a working ostrich farm, giving you a real sense of place. You are welcomed by the Keller family who own the guest house and farm, and their staff, and are encouraged to make yourself at home. Enjoy meals in the dining room and relax in the lounge or out on the terrace when you're not out exploring. Recreational facilities include an outdoor pool and a spa.
Suites are located in the main house and have satellite TV, hot drinks maker, fridge and free Wi-Fi, and each has an en-suite bathroom with a range of complimentary toiletries. There are further rooms in an adjoining farmhouse, each with its own small kitchen so suited to those who prefer a little extra independence. They share a lounge and dining room, and have their own garden and swimming pool, but also have access to the facilities of the main house.
Days can be as busy as you wish with opportunities for hiking, cycling, horse riding, golf, visiting nature reserves, touring Cango Caves, wine tasting and shopping. You're welcome to take a tour of the ostrich farm, learning about the history of the ostrich in Oudtshoorn, meeting some of the birds and finding out how they are bred, raised and looked after.
Open: Mooiplaas Guesthouse is open all year.
Location: The guesthouse is on a family farm 10kms from the town of Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape.
Rooms: There are 29 suites and 4 rooms. The suites include doubles, twins, superior or honeymoon suites and family suites. Most are on the ground floor, some with a patio, with others on the first floor, some with balconies. Rooms have a sitting area, TV, tea and coffee makers, safe and shower room. the 4 rooms are in a separate farm building and provide more self-contained accommodation, each with a small kitchen, and with a shared lounge and dining room. Room service is available between 07:00 and 20:00. All are air conditioned. Some rooms are suitable for disabled access.
Activities: Visit nature reserves and Cango Caves, go walking, hiking and horse riding, and spend time in Oudtshoorn. The Keller family, who own and run the guesthouse, own the adjoining ostrich farm which you are welcome to visit. Staff can assist with arranging activities and excursions.
Facilities: There is a lounge with an open fire. The gardens include a swimming pool and sundeck. There is a laundry service. The guesthouse has secure off-street parking. Spa treatments are available. There is an outdoor play area for children.
Dining: The guesthouse serves a daily breakfast, with a choice of a continental or cooked meal. There is a barbecue set, which guests are welcome to use, and dinner can be arranged on request in the manor house. Staff can book local restaurants and provide picnic lunches.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. There are family suites and interconnecting rooms. Baby sitting can be arranged (pay locally). There is a playground.
Health: This is not a malarial area.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access.
"An interesting place and interesting host! Loved the tour of the farm; the guide was so passionate it was infectious! I have been converted to choosing ostrich at every opportunity!"