Castle of Good Hope at Cape Town

Castle of Good Hope at Cape Town This pentagonal castle was built in 1666 by VOC commander Zach-arias Wagenaer to keep the Brits out and became the hub of the Mother City's administrative and military operations, Centuries later, the castle is still the military base of Cape Town, and if you happen to be in the mustard-hued courtyard at 10am or noon, you'll catch the marching castle guard and his orange...

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-...

Lorenzo's Restaurant

Lorenzo's caused a stir when it first brought thin-base pizzas to Calitzdorp, and this quirky garden restaurant is still a hit with the locals. Pizza is served piping-hot from the oven, along with freshly baked ciabatta and a few daily specials. You'll also find traditional local favourites like lamb curry on offer It is not licensed. Hours: 8.00am-9.00pm daily. Main...

Die Rooi Koffiepot

The best place to eat in town. The delightful menu is a taste of the old Karoo, with the likes of Karoo lamb bredie and malva pudding on offer. Dishes are beautifully presented, and there are lighter bites on offer during the day. The garden tables are your best bet. Unlicensed, but no charge for BYO. Hours: 8.30am-5.00pm; 6.00pm-9.30pm daily. Main Courses: R75.

Die Handelshuis

This delightful tearoom in the old general dealer revels in 50s nostalgia, from the lace curtains to vintage art by local painter Marinda Combrinck. Home-baked pies and delicious tarts are the order of the day here, washed down with some of the best coffee in town. You can also stock up on local jams and baked goods. Hours: 8.00am-6.30pm Mon-Sat; 9am-3pm Sun. Main Courses...

Die Dorpshuis

Die Dorpshuis Built in the 1800s, this cosy cottage opposite the church offers fireside tables for chilly evenings, or a shaded terrace in the heat of summer. There's a good selection of hearty breakfasts and generous roasted sandwiches, but for more substantial meals try one of the daily chalkboard specials where ostrich reigns supreme. There's also free Wi-Fi on offer. Hours: 7.00am-...

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.


A self-proclaimed ‘fancy farm stall’, this is a good spot to stock up on local jams, preserves and olive products. There’s a browse able selection of antiques, and it’s a popular spot for light meals and breakfasts. The ‘Morning After’ and ‘Skinny Omelette’ are recommended. Hours: 8.00am-4.00pm Mon, Wed-Fri; 8.00am-3.00pm Sat, Sun.