Oudtshoorn – AfriCamps Klein Karoo
Eat & drink
Set on one of the biggest working Ostrich farms in Southern Africa, this AfriCamps location is one to experience. (Don’t miss the authentic ostrich tour if you want to see these amazing creatures up close.) A large portion of the farm has been made available to a wide variety of free-roaming game and the popular ostrich tour is a short drive away on the same property. Among the free-roaming game you will find 12 of our luxury boutique camping tents positioned around a big water dam. *Please note that Oudtshoorn is currently experiencing a severe drought. Although there is ample water for your use, the dam levels may fluctuate due to this extreme drought.
Located only a 10 minutes’ drive from Oudtshoorn centre, in the middle of a pristine Karoo landscape with direct views of the Swartberg Mountains, AfriCamps Klein Karoo offers you the perfect backdrop to relax in the tranquil surroundings of this serene majestic farm.
Farmer Piet Schoeman is always proud to say that the farm is not an ostrich show farm but an authentic working ostrich farm where guests on the ostrich tour can see and learn everything about this uniquely South African farming activity. 20.000 ostriches are kept mainly for the production and worldwide export of ostrich meat, leather and feathers. A big portion of the 10.000 Ha farm has been made available to a wide variety of free-roaming indigenous game like zebra, springbok, blue wildebeest, kudu, impala, eland, waterbuck and nyala. The wildlife here just forms another highlight for you to experience.
Located just off the Garden Route, about an hour north of George, this farm makes the perfect mid-way stop between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Oudtshoorn has something for everyone in the family, explore the famous Cango Caves, take a drive through the scenic Swartberg Mountain pass, or embrace local culture at one of the many festivals that run throughout the year. Also, take a stroll through the lively centre of this friendly town to experience its many nice restaurants and coffee shops.
AfriCamps Klein Karoo is a joint venture between Schoeman and de Jager, two neighboring families. Arnold de Jager and Piet Schoeman grew up together, born and bred in Oudtshoorn, farming was always close to both of their hearts. After school they both went their separate ways. Little did they know of this great adventure awaiting them!
Both families have been farming in the Oudtshoorn area for many generations. Arnold and his wife Esti-Mari and their two sons Arnold and Michael love living on the farm and enjoy the fresh air and feeding the animals. Piet and Laura Schoeman, with their 3 children Jan-Hendrik, Stephanie and Albert take every chance they can to join the tourist tours on their farm, and love farm life.
From their joint love of animals and the hospitality industry, these 2 families started a partnership which resulted in the birth of something new, the first AfriCamps farm in South Africa! Your hostess Esti-Mari now invites you to come and experience AfriCamps Klein Karoo and both their families’ lifestyle first hand.
Check-in – from 2pm onwards on day of arrival
Prior arrangements need to be made, guests are kindly requested to inform the AfriCamps office of their estimated time of arrival. Please phone the camp reception 30 minutes prior to arrival. This way you are ensured that the check-in can be arranged without delays. Please find the telephone number in the bookings confirmation email
Check out – before 10am on day of departure
ACTIVITIES ON OUR FARM
(bookings is essential for all these activities)
Authentic Working Ostrich Farm Tour
A unique guided tour of our working ostrich farm, including an exclusive viewing of the incubator and each stage of ostrich farming. During season you can even help the chicks hatch! (+/- 2 hours)
Monday-Sunday | Daily scheduled tours @9h00. Private tours (outside of the scheduled times) for smaller groups are available on request.
Adults R300.00pp | Children 4-12: R150.00
One of the highlights when visiting us is the introduction of our Meerkat Family! Join us on an early morning drive down to the Meerkat burrows. Your guide will introduce you to the daily lives of these cute creatures. Wait patiently with a cup of coffee/tea in the hand, as they start to appear in the early morning to start their day. A once in a lifetime experience, only possible in the Little Karoo. *Meerkats are wild animals and sightings are not guaranteed. Meerkats are observed from a distance and no petting is allowed.
Adults R460pp, Children R230pp (*7-12)
*Children under 7 by special arrangement.
Start or end your day with a safari and discover the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the Little Karoo. In our wildlife reserve that comprises an area of over 5000 hectares, our guide introduces you to some of the indigenous Karoo vegetation, some to be found nowhere else in the world. An opportunity to see not only species such as giraffe, springbok, kudu, eland and wildebeest, but also some of the almost 150 species of birds, including the fish eagle.
Daily in the mornings and afternoons
Prices per person: R440.00
Child rate: R220.00
Including drinks and snacks
Visit Our Local Creche (Vreugde Voetjies)
At “Happy Feet”, we care for 85 children between the ages of one and 6 years old, from the underprivileged community where we live.
Free (or combine with Ostrich Farm Tour).
Please ask your Host for more details or how you can get involved to help.
Join us for a fascinating 45 min tour of the Southern Celestial Hemisphere at the comfort of your own tent. (Subject to availability, amount in group and clear skies)
Rates on request
Join us for a hike amongst the beautiful unspoilt veld that surrounds Africamps. Here you can take a closer look at all the smaller things that make the Little Karoo ecosystem tick, from special adaptations that the plants employ to survive, to medicinal uses. Have a look at the finer details of many animals that are often overlooked. Enjoy the surrounding scenery and lose yourself in nature with us.
OTHER ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA
(ask your host for pricing on these activities)
Cango Wildlife Ranch
Situated en-route the Cango Caves. Standard Tour – no extra encounters included
All standard heritage tours are led by experienced, knowledgeable, accredited cave guides. Learn about the stalactites and stalagmites that form in these caves. This tour will take you through a number of different halls, each enchanting you with its own mystery and wonder. Fun for the whole family, this tour will capture your imagination and educate you on the beauty of these formations.
All adventure tours are led by experienced, knowledgeable, accredited cave guides. This tour starts off in the same hall as the standard tour but takes you on an adventure that will have you climbing up iron ladders and crawling through the tunnel of love, all the while learning about these mystical formations.
Oudtshoorn has a range of different and unique activities in the area. Ask your host for tips on places to see and things to do in the surrounding area.
Breakfast – placed in the tent for guests to prepare themselves
‘Cook Your Own’ Breakfast Basket Ingredients:
- Freshly Baked Muffin
- Fresh Fruit
- Preserves and butter for Muffin
- Ostrich Sausage
- Freshly Baked Bread
R130 per adult
R90 per child (0 to 12 yrs)
Check the blackboard at the lapa for daily lunch options available to purchase.
Dinner – placed in tent for clients to prepare themselves
- 200g Ostrich OR Venison Fillet
- Venison Sausage
- Chicken Kebab
- Two Salads
- Garlic and Cheese Roll / Traditional Braaibroodjie (subject to availability)
R195 per adult
R125 per child (0 to 12 yrs)
There are a number of great restaurants in the town. From coffee shops to fine dining. These are just a few. You will find a full list available at the farm.
- Nostalgie Restaurant – classic South African Restaurant
- Bello Cibo – classic Italian Restaurant
- Buffelsdrift Game Lodge Restaurant
- The Blackswan Restaurant and Bar
- Karoo Pot
- The Kolonie
Booking is essential especially during peak seasons, please ask the farm for assistance with this.
From Cape Town via the R62
Take the N1 to Worcester. From Worcester take the R60 to Montagu. From Montagu take the R62 and continue on the R62 through the towns of Barrydale, Ladismith and Calitzdorp to reach the town of Oudtshoorn. As you enter the town of Oudtshoorn continue straight on until you reach Baron van Reede Street (at the 3rd traffic light). Turn left into Baron van Reede Street (at the 3rd traffic light) and continue straight on this main road to the Cango Caves for +-2km. As you past the Cango Wildlife Ranch & Riempie Retirement Village on your left – AfriCamps Klein Karoo entrance would be on your right.
From George (Garden Route)
Take the N12 over the Outeniqua pass and follow the road signs to Oudtshoorn. As you enter the town of Oudtshoorn, continue straight on the main road to the Cango Caves +-2km. As you past the Cango Wildlife Ranch & Riempie Retirement Village on your left – AfriCamps Klein Karoo entrance would be on your right.
From Beaufort West (N1 from Gauteng)
Take the N12 from Beaufort West through Meiringspoort and the town of De Rust to Oudtshoorn. As you enter the town of Oudtshoorn continue straight on until you reach Baron van Reede Street (at the 3rd traffic light). Turn right into Baron van Reede Street (at the 3rd traffic light) and continue straight on the main road to the Cango Caves for +- 2km. As you past the Cango Wildlife Ranch & Riempie Retirement Village on your left – AfriCamps Klein Karoo entrance would be on your right.
GPS Coordinates: Latitude: -33.562357 | Longitude: 22.222344
Our tents sleep up to 5 guests, but our shared rates are based on a two person stay. Please note that the rates below are just a price indication, use our online bookings calendar to check current rates and availability. Food & beverage and activities & tours are not included in the price, unless otherwise stated.
Rates as from 18 March 2020
|Rate per tent (pp)||Additional fee adults (pp)||Children fee (pp)|
|Season||Single||Shared||3rd||4th||5th||0 – 2||3 – 16|
|Low season||1190||595||250||250||250||Stay Free||125|
|High season||1690||845||250||250||250||Stay Free||125|
|Peak season||2190||1095||250||250||250||Stay Free||125|
18 March to 30 September 2020
1 October to 10 December 2020
10 January to 30 April 2021
11 December to 9 January 2021
Please look for the full terms and conditions on our website www.africamps.com/terms-and-conditions
All tents sleep a maximum of 5 people. The following items or services are not included in the price, unless otherwise stated:
- Food & Beverage
- Activities & Tours
- Daily cleaning service (Complimentary cleaning every 4th day only)
- Wood and firelighters for the wood-stove and campfires (for sale at farm)
Unfortunately no pets allowed on the farm due to free roaming game.
To secure your stay a 50% deposit is required. The balance of the booking amount must paid in full to AfriCamps, at the latest, one month before arrival. In the event of a booking made within one month before arrival the entire booking amount must be paid immediately.
In the case of a late or incomplete payment you are in default. AfriCamps will reserve to the right to cancel the booking within immediate effect. You are responsible for all damages which suffers or will suffer as a consequence of this, as well as all costs which AfriCamps has made with regard to your booking and the cancellation.
In the event of a cancellation more than a month before arrival, your deposit of 50% will be non-refundable. In the event of cancellation within a month before arrival the entire booking amount is payable to AfriCamps. In the case of premature termination of the stay, the entire booking amount is payable to AfriCamps.
- > 1 month: 50% Cancellation fee (50% deposit is non-refundable)
- 1 month – arrival: 100% Cancellation fee (Full amount is due and non-refundable)
AfriCamps and the corresponding farm accept no liability for: theft, loss or damage, of whatever nature, during or as a result of a stay on one of our affiliated farms, falling into defect or putting out of action of technical equipment and loss or closure of supplies on the farm.
The guests and those who accompany him or her, are jointly and severally responsible for all loss and/or damage which arises, for AfriCamps, the farm in question and/or any third party as a direct or an indirect consequence of their stay, irrespective of whether this was caused through actions or refraining from actions by themselves or by third parties, who are at the farm through their making, as well as of all damage which is caused by any animal and/or matter which they have under their responsibility. If you leave your tent in an improper condition, AfriCamps is entitled to charge R250,- of additional (cleaning) costs. This can double to R500,- in combination with a late departure.