Hotel, Guest House, B&B

The Taj Cape Town

The Taj Cape Town Situated at the foot of Cape Town's historically significant Company Gardens in what is undoubtedly one of the central city's finest architectural landmarks, The Taj is far more than a 5-star luxury hotel: it's a cultural and epicurean destination. Bombay Brasserie serves as a Capetonian satellite to the famous A-list London original, and is correspondently clad in...

Spekboom Cottages

These six beautifully renovated 'Nagmaal' cottages in a quiet side street offer luxury lodgings on a self-catering or B&B basis. There is a communal swimming pool and braai area, with bicycles on offer for exploring the village. Quirky extras like outside baths make this ideal for young-at-heart travellers. Rates: R300-R320. Spekboom Cottage accepts all major credit...

The River View Cottages

The River View Cottages Three wonderful self - catering cottages offer a taste of the Kanio quiet No children are allowed, so it's bound to be a peaceful romantic escape. Each cottage sleeps two, and comes fully equipped, including linen and towels. There are wonderful walks and mountain-biking routes on the farm, or cast a line into the Gamka River for the indigenous yellowfish. Rates: R220-...

Rietfontein Ostrich Palace

Rietfontein Ostrich Palace Billed as the world's oldest working ostrich ranch, five generations of Potgieters have farmed here since 1879 and today welcome visitors to their ornate Victorian ostrich palace. Accommodation is in three quaint Karoo-style cottages, with some offering kitchenettes and fireplaces. Rates: R475.

Red Stone Hills

Red Stone Hills It's hard to ignore the dramatic stone outcrops on the road to Oudtshoorn, and this holiday farm makes full use of its unique location. A selection of thoughtfully furnished cottages suits everyone from honeymooners to families, but they all have one thing in common - spectacular views of the stone hills. Make sure you're on the stoep by sunset. Rates: R230-R375.

The Port-Wine Guest House

The Port-Wine Guest House This stylish 1830s homestead overlooks the Boplaas vineyards, and offers nine en-suite rooms, including a family unit (sleeps 5, with private entrance) and a disabled-friendly suite. There is a large swimming pool and ample secure parking. The vine-covered patios are perfect for enjoying Karoo sunsets and country breakfasts. Rates: R320-R400. (May vary, check with Port-...

Swartberg Hotel

Swartberg Hotel One of 19 national monuments in the village, this wonderful Victorian-style country hotel has welcomed guests since 1864. The 18 rooms are spread between the historic main building and garden cottages, with family rooms on offer too. The hotel’s well-priced Victoria Room restaurant offers old-school silver-service charm. The pool is the ideal place to cool off on...

Saxe-Coburg Lodge

Saxe-Coburg Lodge Olive groves, vineyards and a delightful one- acre garden surround this historic guesthouse. Five garden bedrooms offer spectacular views of the Swartberg Mountains, with a private honeymoon suite and family cottage on offer too. The owners are keen hikers and will guide guests on request. Rates: R340-R450.

Dennehof Guesthouse

Dennehof Guesthouse Seven beautifully restored rooms are scattered around this historic 1835 homestead, each decorated in understated Karoo chic. Expect exposed wooden beams, rough Karoo floors, gorgeous gardens and shady patios. The delightful Wagon Shed is perfect for romantic getaways. Rates: R385-R520.

Akkedis & Doringbos Cottages

An excellent self-catering option, these two cottages enjoy peace and quiet on the outskirts of town. Akkedis has all the low-ceilinged, Dover-stove charm of an old Karoo cottage, while Doringbos boasts a few modern touches. Both cottages share a small rustic swimming pool. Rates: R550.

Swartberg Private Game Lodge

Swartberg Private Game Lodge You’ll find more than the ubiquitous ostriches in this private reserve at the foot of the Swartberg Pass, but no large predators means it is safe to explore on foot and quad bike, as well as on the daily game drives. Nine spacious rooms offer private patios and wonderful reserve views. Rates: R900-R1550. (Subject to change, confirm with Swartberg Private Game Lodge by...

Swartberg Country Manor (Luxury Little Karoo Guest Farm)

Swartberg Country Manor The towering Swartberg Mountains form a dramatic backdrop to this historic manor house, which offers a good range of stylish rooms as well as cosy Karoo-style cottages. A great place to stay before tackling the famous pass. The on-site restaurant, Patat, in an old tobacco shed, dishes up hearty Karoo favourites. Rates: R585-R650. Swartberg Country Manor accepts all...

Rosenhof Country House

Rosenhof Country House Just 14 luxurious rooms and suites dot the delightful rose gardens surrounding Rosenhof, an immaculately restored homestead dating back to 1852. Warm country hospitality and serene accommodation make this a wonderful home-from-home. Don’t miss the five-course table d’hôte served each evening in the elegant dining room. Rates: R1 125-R1 150. Rosenhof Country House accepts...

Queen’s Hotel

Queen’s Hotel Built in 1880, the Queen’s Hotel is the third oldest hotel in South Africa and even played host to King George VI and family in 1947. Today, equally respectable travellers will love the refined old- world comfort in this charming country hotel’s forty en-suite rooms. Its central location makes it ideal for exploring town. Rates: R475-R625. Queen’s Hotel accepts all major...

Karoo Soul

Karoo Soul Slap-bang in the centre of town, Karoo Soul offers some of the best value Oudtshoorn has to offer in terms of accommodation. The private cottages offer kitchenettes for self-catering, or opt for a B&B room in the main lodge. The décor is clean and modern, but without too many frills. Meals available on request. No- Credit Cards are accepted.