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Swartberg Hotel

The Klein Karoo

Day 1: The Klein Karoo

Swartberg Hotel Location Map

The Swartberg Hotel is a charming country hotel, situated in the heart of the quaint Karoo village, Prince Albert. Established as a hotel in 1864, the Swartberg Hotel is now one of 19 national monuments in the village.

Accessible from the N1 and Route 62, it is the ideal place to base yourself to explore the Karoo, Oudtshoorn, Swartberg Pass, Meiringspoort and many other attractions of the area.

Get away from the pressures of the rat race and relax in the beautiful gardens, treat yourself to some spa pampering or catch a show at the beautiful Showroom Theatre.

The hotel offers a wide selection of accommodation in the main building, as well as 5 garden cottages. The well-equipped rooms/suites offer comfortable accommodation, en-suite facilities, air-conditioning, tea/coffee trays, and flat screen TVs. 

Example Details For Swartberg Hotel

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Standard Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.
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Swartberg Hotel Location.

Address

Swartberg Hotel,77 Church Street, Prince Albert

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival, and must normally please be vacated by 10:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

All of the rooms are en-suite and have air conditioning, a TV, tea/coffee making facilities, a hairdryer and free Wi-Fi access.

The Victoria Dining Room serves an a la carte menu and offers candlelit dining in the evening. The Green Prince Bar stocks a selection of the finest local gins, and there is also a Ladies Bar and Coffee shop.

Other hotel facilities/amenities include a TV lounge, deli/gift shop, 24-hour security and secure parking.

There is a gym for guests to use, plus a spa which offers a range of treatments. There is also a swimming pool.

All major credit cards are accepted except American Express and Diners Club cards.

La Plume Guest House

The Klein Karoo

Day 2: The Klein Karoo

La Plume Guest House Location Map

La Plume is a boutique Guest House on a working ostrich, alfalfa and cattle farm with spectacular views of the Swartberg Mountains and the Olifants River Valley. A warm welcome awaits you at this charming 1902 Victorian homestead with its tranquil surroundings where old-world charm has been combined with modern comforts to ensure extraordinary service and personal attention.

Guests can join an informative tour of the farm (on request and additional cost - booking essential) to learn about the day to day activities in the life of a full-time farmer, as well as the giant birds and the trials and tribulations of farming with them from one of the few experts on the ostrich industry.

The English Breakfast buffet is the perfect start to a busy day with fresh fruit platters, a bread and cereal selection, cold meats and cheeses, as well as hot breakfast with special requests made to order. The restaurant also offers a daily lunch menu or picnic baskets for guests exploring the wonders of Klein Karoo. For dinner enjoy exceptional local wine and traditional home-cooked cuisine meticulously prepared by the chef and served in the spacious, candlelit dining room.

La Plume offers stylish luxury with a diverse range of accommodation. The 5 Superior Suites and the Luxury Rooms all have private entrances that open onto sunny verandas overlooking the gardens, and the 2 Honeymoon Suites embody a feeling of romance and cosiness. The Luxury Junior Suite is ideal for 3 adults travelling together or family with an older child wishing sleep in a separate room, as the suite consists of a queen master bedroom with full en-suite bathroom and lounge with single bed for the third person.

The Plume Cottage consists of 2 interconnecting suites each with its own bedroom, full bathroom and lounge sharing a kitchenette.  The Private Farm Villa has 2 bedrooms each with its own full en-suite bathroom, a large open plan living and dining room and a fully equipped kitchen. This typical South African farm house is off the main property nestled among alfalfa fields overlooking ostrich enclosures and a mere 100 meters from the main homestead.

Example Details For La Plume Guest House

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Standard Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.
 
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La Plume Guest House Location.

Address

La Plume Guest House,Off the R62, Oudtshoorn

Directions

Via N2 From Garden Route: Coming into George, the N2 splits into the N2 for Cape Town and N9/N12 for Oudtshoorn.  Take the right lane for the N9/N12, and continue on this road over 3 roundabouts for approx 31 km where you turn left onto N12/R62 signposted Oudtshoorn. 

Continue on this road for approx 34 km, and then in Oudtshoorn you turn left at the first traffic light into Voortrekker Road.  Keep driving on Voortrekker Road.  It will take you out of town (now known as the R62) in the direction of Cape Town.  7 km outside town you will see a sign for Grundheim and La Plume.  Turn left at the Volmoed sign and drive for another 7 km where you will find another sign for La Plume on your left.  Turn left and the Guest House will be on your immediate right.

Via N2 From Cape Town/Cape Winelands/Hermanus: Continue on the N2 past Mossel bay until you reach exit 397 signposted for R102/Hartenbos/R328/Oudtshoorn.  Turn left after 550m to continue on R328, and after a further 1.2 km  turn right onto Louis Fourie Rd/R328.

Continue on this road for 67 km and then 7 km outside Oudtshoorn you will see a sign for La Plume, Highgate and Thylitshia Villa.  Turn left at the Volmoed sign and drive for another 7 km.  The Guest House will be on your left.

From Cape Town / Cape Winelands Via R62: Follow the R62 through Calitzdorp in the direction of Oudtshoorn.  7 km outside Oudtshoorn you will see a sign for Grundheim and La Plume.  Turn right at the Volmoed sign and drive for another 7 km until you find a sign for La Plume on your left.  Turn left and the guest house will be on your immediate right.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must please be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

La Plume is situated on a working ostrich, alfalfa and cattle farm, and guests can join the owner on a pre-arranged tour of the farm - contact the La Plume or your Travel Butlers consultant to book before you travel (additional cost).

All rooms have air conditioning, an honesty bar, tea/coffee making facilities and a satellite TV.

The guest house offers complimentary Wi-Fi and secure parking on site.

There is a restaurant and a swimming pool (salt water).

The restaurant offers a daily lunch menu or picnic baskets.

There as a laundry service available at an additional cost.

A babysitting service is also available.

Credit cards are accepted.

The Rex Hotel

The Garden Route

Day 3: The Garden Route

The Rex Hotel Location Map

Situated right in the heart of the Garden Route and set on the shores of a beautiful lagoon, Knysna (pronounced 'Nysna') is a bustling little holiday town, with a lively Waterfront area.

The excellent selection of accommodation and restaurants, coupled with the many activities on offer, makes this a superb holiday destination and a perfect base from which to explore the many attractions of the Garden Route. The annual Knysna Oyster Festival takes place mid-year in Knysna, and is one of the area’s annual highlights, boasting amazing food, great music and friendly people.

The Knysna Lagoon is sheltered from the ocean by a coral reef and the Knysna Heads - 2 large cliff formations which form a natural narrow opening into the ocean. Several operators offer relaxing catamaran trips and sunset champagne cruises out to the Heads and into the open sea, which is a great way to escape the busy streets for a while.

The surrounding forests and nature reserves provide ample opportunity for leisurely walks or picnics, short hikes or more strenuous day walks, plus a number of biking trails. Nearby Brenton-on-Sea beach is a magnificent 7 km stretch of uninterrupted white sands around a half heart-shaped bay.

The Rex Hotel promises its guests superior service and exceptional comfort. This impeccably appointed hotel offers guests a gateway to world-class restaurants, lush forests and the shores of the peaceful Knysna Lagoon.

The Rex Hotel offers the choice of Standard Rooms, Luxury Studios and two bedroom Apartments that reflect an urban chic ambiance and mixes contemporary and classic décor with cool colours and rich fabrics. The studios and the apartments have an open-plan lounge, dining area and kitchenette.

The O Bar & Eatery at The Rex offers excellent service, superb cuisine and exciting specialities. The outdoor terrace area is the perfect spot to bask in the sunshine and indulge in coffee or light snacks.

Example Details For The Rex Hotel

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Standard Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.
 
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The Rex Hotel Location.

Address

The Rex Hotel,8 Gray Street, Knysna

Directions

From Cape Town: Take the N2 towards Knysna. At the first set of traffic lights as you enter Knysna, turn right onto Waterfront Drive. Continue to the first set of traffic lights and turn left into Grey Street. Continue to the first stop sign and turn left again, to access the hotel parking.

From Port Elizabeth: Take the N2 to Knysna. As you enter Knysna continue to the 2nd set of traffic lights with ABSA Bank on your left. Turn left into Grey Street. Continue past 3 stop signs. At the 4th stop sign, turn right to access the hotel parking.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must please be vacated by 10:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

All studios and apartments have an en-suite bathroom, an open plan lounge and kitchenette, plus an electronic safe, hair dryer, a mini bar (stocked on request), remote controlled LCD TV with selected DSTV channels, tea/coffee making facilities and air conditioning.

The O Bar & Eatery offers excellent service, superb cuisine with mouth-watering breakfast options. The outdoor terrace area is a good spot to enjoy the sunshine and enjoy a coffee or a light snack.

Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided.

A laundry service is available (additional cost).

There is free undercover parking.

All major credit cards are accepted.

There is 24 hour security and a 24 hour reception service.

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