- Welcoming, family-run guesthouse
- Stunning rural setting
- Swimming pool
- Resident ostriches
Mooiplaas Guesthouse is a friendly, family-run establishment in the Klein Karoo region of South Africa’s Western Cape. 10km from the popular tourist town of Oudtshoorn, this rural guesthouse sits in a tranquil setting on a working ostrich farm. Offering spacious and stylish mid-range accommodation, a swimming pool and spectacular views, Mooiplaas provides a relaxing diversion from the bustling coastal Garden Route. The Klein Karoo contrasts verdant, fertile plain with the rugged peaks of the surrounding Swartberg, Langeberg, and Outeniqua Mountain ranges. Boasting sweeping panoramas, endless skies and a glorious climate, it is South Africa’s sunniest region, and home to a variety of game, including kudu, baboon, caracal, and the elusive leopard, along with abundant birdlife.
Communal areas include a traditional farmhouse dining room where guests enjoy breakfast and a four course evening menu, featuring local Karoo cuisine. Outside is a veranda for alfresco dining and a comfortable lounge area with relaxing sofas and superb views of the distant mountains. There is a good sized swimming pool with loungers, plus an expansive lawn, and an onsite spa. To the rear of the property is a children’s play area.
Activities include a fascinating tour of Mooiplaas’ ostrich farm, where guests can meet the resident ostriches and their young. It’s also possible to enjoy stargazing beneath stunningly clear skies, birdwatching, and nature walks, plus beauty treatments at the spa. Excursions further afield include the renowned Cango Caves, where visitors can wander amongst ancient and beautiful limestone caverns, or a visit to the Swartberg Mountain pass, famed for its incredible views. Horse riding, camel rides, and wine tasting excursions are available, whilst adrenalin seekers can tackle rock climbing, abseiling, and quad biking.
Accommodation comprises 29 well-appointed contemporary suites, spread out within the grounds. All units have air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and satellite TV. 21 suites sleep two guests in one double or twin beds, with a spacious lounge area, and a large bathroom with a separate bath and shower. Outside is a private veranda or balcony with wonderful views. Four suites feature an additional private kitchenette with a fridge, microwave, sink, hob, and cooking equipment. A private outdoor veranda contains dining furniture and barbeque equipment.
Families are extremely welcome. Children under two years of age stay free of charge, and there are discounts for under 12s. Four family units each sleep up to four guests, with one double bed and additional twin beds or a sofa-bed. Each unit has a lounge area, and a bathroom with bath and separate shower. Cots are available upon request. For larger families, two units can be interconnected to provide ample accommodation. All family units are on the ground floor, with private verandas overlooking the gardens and surrounding mountains. In addition to the generous grounds and swimming pool, a children’s outdoor play area provides swings and a jungle gym. Children’s menus and early dining are available, and babysitting can be arranged at an additional cost.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019