Gay’s Guernsey Dairy

The locals love this unassuming dairy on the outskirts of town, where you’ll find creamy fresh milk by the litre (bring your own container), thick yoghurt and racks of award-winning cheeses. All of her milk (and cheese) is unpasteurised, with the six-month-matured Prince Albert Regal the pick of the bunch. Hours: 7.00-9.00am, 10.00am-noon, 4.00-6.00pm Mon-Fri; 7.00-10....

African Relish

African Relish Enjoy an innovative look at Karoo cuisine at this recreational cooking school. Ever-smiling resident chef Vanie Padayachee runs bespoke courses using seasonal local produce in the gorgeous Scandinavian-chic kitchen. Special weekend courses with celeb chefs cover everything from making chocolate to mastering the art of sauces. They also serve dinners on some evenings....

Prince Albert Country Store

There’s only a small menu at this family-run restaurant, but the Karoo platter of cured meats, salad and home-baked bread is your best bet. Finish off with the fantastic apple crumble served fresh from owner Colleen Penfold’s ancient Aga stove. On a nice day, do sit in the charming garden at the back. Leave some time to browse the elegant country bric-a-brac in the quaint...

The Olive Branch

Booking is essential at this sought-after spot, open only a few nights a week when owner/chef Bokkie Botha’s not off exploring. Home-grown herbs, local fruit and free-range chicken and lamb feature heavily on the Mediterranean-inspired menu. Licensed. Hours:Dinner twice a week (usually weekends), as per reservation. Main Courses: R220 set menu. The Olive Branch accepts No...

The Gallery Café

This charming candle-lit eatery above the galleries at Seven Arches is one of the best options in town. Local produce reigns supreme in the kitchen of owner/chef Brent Phil- lips-White, who personally introduces his ever- changing chalkboard menu. The duck liver pâté (organic, local and free-range) is one of the highlights. Hours: 7.00pm- Close daily. Main Courses: R90.

Café Albert

The terrace here is perennially filled with locals enjoying a morning coffee or lunchtime wrap. Try one of their generous all-day breakfasts or a meal from the chalkboard specials. Hours: 9.00am-4.00pm Tue-Fri; 9.00am-2.30pm Sat, Sun. Main courses: R40. No-Credit Cards are accepted here.

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.

Housemartin Guest Lodge

Housemartin Guest Lodge Twelve lovingly decorated en-suite rooms are clustered around the 110-year-old Victorian manor house, each offering a private veranda with lovely mountain views. Personal touches like mohair lankets and home-made rusks abound. Rates: R550. Housemartin Guest Lodge accepts major Credit Cards.

Die Gat

Die Gat You’ll find some of the Klein Karoo’s quirkiest accommodation on this delightful guest farm that’s been in the Schoeman family for nearly 200 years. Fabulously over-decorated rooms are to be found in the main house, the old farm school and even in an old ox-wagon. Rates: R350-R800. No- Credit Cards are accepted here.

Boutique Backpackers

Don’t be put off by the word ‘backpackers’. This large airy house offers a shared kitchen and braai area for self-catering, but the thoughtfully decorated double and twin rooms are perfectly private and comfortable. Don’t miss the Friday night pizza evenings in the Kaalgat Kudu bar! Rates: R125-R150.

Boulders Lodge & Spa

The place to visit for a little pampering, this boutique hotel on the outskirts of town offers nine stylish rooms, Wi-Fi, gourmet dining in the Pomegranate restaurant and an on-site spa. Day visitors are welcome, but reservations are essential. They offer package deals too which are good value. Rates: R340-R525. (This may vary, call for confirmation)