Oudtshoorn is the Ostrich Capital of the world and the gateway to the Klein Karoo and Garden Route. Oudtshoorn is blessed with a fine, dry climate and boasts an average of over 320 sunshine days per year. About 600mm of rain falls the whole year round, peaking in spring and autumn, while the waters can be delivered in the form of dramatic thundershowers in the summertime.
Rosenhof Country House serves as the perfect home-from-home from where this magical region of South Africa can be discovered.
Oudtshoorn is home to several Ostrich Show Farms, all of which are within a close radius. Learn more about this curious bird of the Karoo and the earth’s most giant bird.
Renowned as one of the world’s natural wonders and the oldest tourist attraction in South Africa, the Cango Caves is a highlight of the Klein Karoo and an exciting family outing. From Rosenhof, it is a scenic 30-minute drive to the caves.
In the hands of skilled guides and under starlit Karoo skies, with specialised telescopes, experience a life-changing and spell-bound one-hour “tour” through the Southern Hemisphere’s celestial “High Five.”
The Swartberg Pass is considered to be one of the most picturesque mountain passes in the world. Collect an interesting picnic basket from our reception and set off on a day of breathtaking views that will forever be etched in your memories.
From Rosenhof, it is a tranquil 40-minute drive to Calitzdorp, which is home to the charming country studio of renowned artist, ceramicist, and dear friend of Rosenhof, Hylton Nel.
Hylton’s iconic ceramics are celebrated worldwide in public and private collections, including the collection at Rosenhof.
Rust-en-Vrede is situated on a scenic detour branching off the R328, 18km from Oudtshoorn, on the way to the world-famous Cango Caves. Enjoy a dip in the refreshingly cool water, and be sure to take a gourmet picnic basket along.
The Ranch is 2.5km from Rosenhof Country House. Explore the Ancient Valley with its leaping lemurs, secretive red river hogs, pygmy hippos, or go Cage Diving with mighty Nile Crocs. Get close to the Big Cats like the Cheetah, Lion, and White Tigers.
From beautiful leather handbags to fine antiques and artworks, local produce such as olive oil, wine, and Klein Karoo curios – Oudtshoorn and its surrounding areas offers a wide range of beautiful items to be purchased.
Rosenhof Country House
264 Baron Van Reede Street, Oudtshoorn