Lodges

Rosenhof Country House

A refined Klein Karoo gem perfect for every season and all travellers

Rosenhof Country House

On the outskirts of Oudtshoorn along South Africa's famed Route 62 is Rosenhof Country House, a charming hostelry complete with a lovely rose garden, yellowwood beams and a collection of antique furniture. Equipped with all the creature comforts we've come to expect when we travel, the 14 individually styled rooms, the pool, manicured gardens, convivial pub and variety of luxurious lounges with fireplaces and cosy nooks to read in, it's a hard place to leave. If you manage to tear yourself away, several ostrich farms and the 20-million-year-old network of limestone chambers that make up the Cango Caves await exploration.

At the lodge

The hotel

The mid-19th century homestead has been beautifully renovated, showing off its yellowwood beams and ceilings, tasteful antique furniture, and artworks by some of South Africa's most famous artists. Breakfasts are served overlooking the garden, with a chorus of chirping birds the soundtrack, and butterflies fluttering between the flowers. Meals at Rosenhof are elegant affairs, with beautifully laid tables and hearty yet refined country cuisine – ostrich fillet is a must! The pool sparkles, and there's a spa for pampering.

The rooms

All 14 rooms (of which two are suites) are thoughtfully designed, with tranquil decor in calm colours, and generous space providing plenty of room for wheelchairs or prams – so bring the entire family. The two executive suites set a short distance from the main house are private and perfect for couples and honeymooners, with their own pools and extra comforts. The owners have catered for all visitors' needs.

On safari

Experiences

Drag yourself away from Rosenhof's comforts to investigate the sights. A stone's throw away is the Cango Wildlife Ranch, home to red river hog, pygmy hippo and lemur species. Or head to the Cango Caves, which are quite breathtaking. En route, you're bound to spot hundreds of ostriches on the road-hugging farms. Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world, so visit a farm to see the biggest of all birds and perhaps treat yourself to beautifully made mementoes.

When to go

Garden Route by month

January

Season: Dry

February

Season: Dry

March

Season: Dry

April

Season: Wet

May

Season: Wet

June

Season: Wet

July

Season: Wet

August

Season: Wet

September

Season: Wet

October

Season: Dry

November

Season: Dry

December

Season: Dry

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