Oudtshoorn Accommodation

Oudtshoorn Information

The largest town in the Klein Karoo, Oudtshoorn (pronounced "oats - horn") offers all the amenities of a regional capital - with all the charm of a traditional "plattelandse dorp" (rural town).

Oudtshoorn History

The history and development of Oudtshoorn is inextricably connected with the growth of the ostrich feather industry from as early as 1860. By the turn of the twentieth century (during the Edwardian Period) the use of prime ostrich feathers in ladies’ clothing was high fashion, especially in England and Europe.
Feathers were light and easily imported and fetched incredibly high prices. The resultant prosperity had a profound effect on Oudtshoorn and its immediate environment.

Numerous immigrants, particularly the Jews of Eastern Europe, were drawn to the “boom” town, mostly because their relatives and friends had already established contact by “smousing” (trading).

Oudtshoorn acquired such a large Jewish community at the time that it became known as “little Jerusalem”. With so much money available, the town expanded rapidly. More churches were built as well as many public (schools) and commercial buildings.

The farming community, who had suddenly become extremely rich, vied with each other to display their wealth and built magnificent “Ostrich Feather Palaces” decorated and embellished with stained glass windows, turrets and handsome cast-iron work (locally known as “broekielace” - cast-iron decorations that remind one of the lace decoration on ladies’ underwear).

Several of these “Ostrich Feather Palaces” are still to be viewed in Oudtshoorn and its immediate environment. The distinctive sandstone used for these buildings was readily available because it was locally quarried. The skill of the Scottish stonemasons, originally imported for the building of the Dutch Reformed Church (“Moederkerk” - Mother Church) is evident in these fine buildings.

A number of well-known architects such as Charles Bullock, George Wallace and J.E. Vixeboxse opened offices in Oudtshoorn and were responsible for the design of many an Ostrich Palace.

Even today their designs provide a distinctive architectural heritage for Oudtshoorn, reflecting the opulence of the Ostrich Feather Boom of 1860—1914.

It was primarily the invention of the motor car and the advent of the First World War that brought the Ostrich Feather Boom Era to an end. Faster open vehicles played havoc with the ladies’ splendid feather decorated fashions and fashion trends in 1914 and onwards were generally more sober and less flamboyant.

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Berluda Farmhouse & Cottages Oudtshoorn Accommodation
Berluda Farmhouse & Cottages Oudtshoorn Accommodation
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In the picturesque Schoemans-hoek Valley, halfway between Oudtshoorn and the Cango Caves, lies Berluda - an intimate guesthouse and self-catering family experience. The Schoeman Family's footprints lie deeply imprinted on the roads of the valley....
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Rooderandt Hillside Lodge Oudtshoorn Accommodation
Rooderandt Hillside Lodge Oudtshoorn Accommodation
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Rooderandt Hillside Lodge is a Victorian era Karoo style manor house with five authentic farm cottages which have been luxuriously upgraded but with rustic decor and antique furniture so as to preserve the ambience.
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Aloe Manor Oudtshoorn Accommodation
Aloe Manor Oudtshoorn Accommodation
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Aloe Manor, 4 star luxury accommodation, is an inspiring addition to Oudtshoorn's guest house accommodation and is situated in a peaceful area with very little traffic.
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Miles B&B Guesthouse Oudtshoorn Accommodation
Miles B&B Guesthouse Oudtshoorn Accommodation
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Miles B&B Guest House offers comfortable home-from-home Oudtshoorn accommodation with a cosy ambience, a perfect setting for those who wish to be within the hub of Oudtshoorn but with the sensation of tranquil surroundings in the countryside.
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Riverside Lodge Oudtshoorn Accommodation
Riverside Lodge Oudtshoorn Accommodation
Riverside Lodge provides two self-catering tree houses each of which can sleep 4 people. For guests preferring bed & breakfast accommodation Riverside Lodge also offers four luxurious and spacious suites.
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Adley House Oudtshoorn Accommodation
Adley House Oudtshoorn Accommodation
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This magnificent sandstone Victorian mansion is situated on an acre of land in a quiet up market residential area within walking distance from the town centre and Oudtshoorn’s famous restaurants.
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Pictures Luxury Accommodation Oudtshoorn Accommodation
Pictures Luxury Accommodation Oudtshoorn Accommodation
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Stylish and peaceful, Pictures is situated in a residential area of Oudtshoorn close to the town center & major tourist attractions. With its warm and comfortable environment, you will feel right at home.
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DE DENNE COUNTRY GUEST HOUSE, OUDTSHOORN Accommodation
DE DENNE COUNTRY GUEST HOUSE, OUDTSHOORN Oudtshoorn Accommodation
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De Denne gives you tranquility, spectacular views and soul touching moments. Sunsets you'll never find elsewhere and hospitality to make you feel at home. Our accommodation comprises of 8 beautiful cottages and 5 luxury en-suite bedrooms with views...
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N A Smit Holiday Resort Oudtshoorn Accommodation
N A Smit Holiday Resort Oudtshoorn Accommodation
Visitors can choose between a double bedroom or a one room open-plan self-catering chalet or a luxury three bedroom house. At Oudtshoorn Holiday Resort we offer 24-hour reception and friendly service, because your comfort always comes first.
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Feather Nest B&B Oudtshoorn Accommodation
Feather Nest B&B Oudtshoorn Accommodation
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Feather Nest, a guest house that offers you that little bit extra. Whatever your plans for the day, you will enjoy yourself so much more in the knowledge that you will be coming home to the warmth and comfort of your own private suite.
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Gumtree Guest House Oudtshoorn Accommodation
Gumtree Guest House Oudtshoorn Accommodation
Gumtree Guest House is one of the finest accommodations in Oudtshoorn, overlooking the Grobbelaars River and the historic suspension bridge. This guest house offers luxury and charm, in the shade of a century old giant gum tree.
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Hlangana Lodge Oudtshoorn Accommodation
Hlangana Lodge Oudtshoorn Accommodation
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Our Mission is to provide personal, professional, friendly and exceptional service and accommodation to every guest at Hlangana Lodge.
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De Oude Meul Country Lodge Oudtshoorn Accommodation
De Oude Meul Country Lodge Oudtshoorn Accommodation
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This beautiful Lodge and ostrich farm is situated in Schoemanspoort and is totally surrounded by mountains. The willow trees and river give a peaceful atmosphere and is food for the soul. If you like nature, De Oude Meul is the place to be!
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Bisibee Guest House Oudtshoorn Accommodation
Bisibee Guest House Oudtshoorn Accommodation
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Bisibee Guest House offers affordable accommodation in Oudtshoorn. This guest house is situated in a well established area of Oudtshoorn and is within walking distance of the town centre.
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Die Fonteine Guesthouse Oudtshoorn Accommodation
Die Fonteine Guesthouse Oudtshoorn Accommodation
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Die Fonteine is a luxury guest house, situated in the heart of the Cango Valley near Oudtshoorn. We offer stylishly decorated en-suite rooms with beautiful views of the Schoemanshoek Valley and the spectacular Swartberg Mountain Range.
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Stonebreaker Country Lodge Oudtshoorn Accommodation
Stonebreaker Country Lodge Oudtshoorn Accommodation
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Stonebreaker Country Lodge is situated in the picturesque Schoemanspoort on the road to the world famous Cango Caves. The main theme is African with special attention to luxury. Completely surrounded by mountains, you can listen to the peaceful...
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Cul De Sac Country Guest House Accommodation
Cul De Sac Country Guest House Oudtshoorn Accommodation
Cul-de Sac is situated in the heart of Oudtshoorn. Cul-de Sac ensures relaxation in a peaceful environment situated within walking distance from town. Our location is ideal for people exploring the Klein Karoo.
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De Zeekoe Guest Farm Accommodation
De Zeekoe Guest Farm Oudtshoorn Accommodation
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Only 7km outside Oudtshoorn, in the Garden Route, surrounded by the famous Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains, is one of the world’s 17 "hot spots" with 3 overlapping flower zones. Surrounded by variety attractions like ostrich farms,...
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101 Oudtshoorn Holiday Accommodation Oudtshoorn Accommodation
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101 Oudtshoorn Holiday Accommodation is run by Miranda and Bart who welcome you personally. Children are really welcome here; we have a large swimming pool, big exotic garden, many safe playgrounds for kids. We have 2 double rooms, 1 luxury, 1...
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Buffelsdrift Game Lodge Oudtshoorn Accommodation
Buffelsdrift Game Lodge Oudtshoorn Accommodation
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Unique, understated elegance in luxury tent accommodation. With mountains as backdrop and a magnificent waterhole at your doorstep,it's the closest you'll get to the wild of the Klein Karoo. Just off the famous Route 62, Buffelsdrift Game Lodge...
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Oakdene Guest House Oudtshoorn Accommodation
Oakdene Guest House Oudtshoorn Accommodation
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This charming Victorian home is situated in the heart of historic Oudsthoorn. Oakdene is sheltered under oak trees on the main tourist route and is within walking distance of the town centre and well known restaurants where local wines and ostrich...
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Oue Werf Country Guest House Accommodation
Oue Werf Country Guest House Oudtshoorn Accommodation
Oue Werf Guesthouse is a peaceful homestead nestled in the charming Schoemanshoek Valley near Oudtshoorn. Situated in a radius of 15km all attractions and activities. We offer the ideal setting for exploring the Klein Karoo.
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Kleinplaas Holiday Resort Accommodation
Kleinplaas Holiday Resort Oudtshoorn Accommodation
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Kleinplaas is an affordable gem in Oudtshoorn, the heart of the Klein Karoo, and is situated along the scenic mountain route to the Cango Caves. We offer 51 modern, fully furnished and serviced self-catering chalets with B&B option.
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Wilgewandel Holiday Farm Accommodation
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm Oudtshoorn Accommodation
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Wilgewandel holiday farm near Oudtshoorn is renowned for its accommodation, restaurant and fun family activities such as camel rides and foefie slide.
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Chandelier Game & Ostrich Show Farm Oudtshoorn Accommodation
Chandelier Game & Ostrich Show Farm Oudtshoorn Accommodation
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If you are looking for an oasis to get away from it all, Chandelier is the place to be. At Chandelier, the Ferreira family has created something special, in a malaria free environment, for those who yearn to spend some quality time close to nature.
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88 Baron van Reede Guesthouse Accommodation
88 Baron van Reede Guesthouse Oudtshoorn Accommodation
We welcome you to our 150 year old sandstone home in the centre of the historical town of Oudtshoorn at the heart of the Klein Karoo. All 10 rooms are en-suite with shower, have 100% cotton linen, complimentary coffee & tea facilities and...
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Boulders Lodge & Spa Accommodation
Boulders Lodge & Spa Oudtshoorn Accommodation
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Boulders Lodge & Spa is situated in Oudtshoorn — the heart of the Klein Karoo — and on Route 62, South Africa. The multi-graded and AA Superior Accommodation guest house offers 9 rooms, fully air-conditioned and decorated to reflect...
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Terra Bianca Oudtshoorn Accommodation
Terra Bianca Oudtshoorn Accommodation
Terra Bianca rests on the banks of the Grobbelaars River, overlooking Oudtshoorn and the majestic Swartberg Mountains. This establishment offers visitors one of the most spectacular views of Oudtshoorn and surrounding areas.
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Die Ou Pastorie Oudtshoorn Accommodation
Die Ou Pastorie Oudtshoorn Accommodation
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On the R62 between Oudtshoorn and Calitzdorp, stands a fine Edwardian sandstone church apparently in the middle of nowhere. This is the hamlet of de Hoop. Here the former parsonage is a wonderful guest house which offers both B&B (3 star) and...
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Surval Boutique Olive Estate Oudtshoorn Accommodation
Surval Boutique Olive Estate Oudtshoorn Accommodation
Situated at the foot of the majestic Swartberg Mountain rangein the Klein Karoo, Surval Boutique Olive Estate offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the Schoemanshoek Valley. We offer accommodation fit for a king.
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Mooiplaas Guest House Oudtshoorn Accommodation
Mooiplaas Guest House Oudtshoorn Accommodation
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Mooiplaas Guesthouse is a stylish and luxurious four-star guesthouse situated on our family run working ostrich farm just south of Oudtshoorn, in the heart of the Klein Karoo.
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Best Little Guest House Oudtshoorn Accommodation
Best Little Guest House Oudtshoorn Accommodation
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Best Little Guest House has been especially designed to cater for the needs of travellers who can relax in a quiet, friendly and secure environment.
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Thylitshia Villa Oudtshoorn Accommodation
Thylitshia Villa Oudtshoorn Accommodation
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With personal attention, delicious home-cooked meals (dinner available by prior arrangement), a beautiful country setting and a classically decorated home combined with modern touches, Thylitshia Villa promises an unforgettable stay.
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