Inland from the Garden Route and just 10km outside Oudtshoorn - the ostrich capital of South Africa - is the family farm of Mooiplaas. Translating as 'beautiful farm', this working ostrich farm, which also farms maize and alfalfa, is owned and run by hosts Viljee and Hanlie Keller, the fourth generation on Mooiplaas. The guesthouse is a beautifully restored farmhouse that still has its traditional facade and covered veranda.

Be sure to go on the tour of the farm to get up close to the thousands of ostriches and if you're lucky, watch the enormous eggs hatch or hold a fluffy chick. You can also explore the town of Oudtshoorn or take a trip out to see the nearby and hugely impressive Cango Caves. Otherwise, just relax in the shade of the veranda between dips in the swimming pool.


  • Set on a working ostrich farm
  • Classic, owner-run country hospitality
  • Surrounded by beautiful views of the Klein Karoo
  • Farm-style breakfasts, dinners & picnic baskets
  • Well-equipped for families

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Take the fascinating farm tour to understand exactly how a modern ostrich farm works, then buy some ostrich products in the gift shop.

You can also practice your chipping and putting on the one-hole golf course and take a very welcome dip in the large, refreshing swimming pool.

Nothing makes one feel smaller than an enormous Karoo night sky, so be sure to enquire about the incredible stargazing sessions at Mooiplaas.

General Facilities

    Barbeque facilities
    Private garden
    Wi-fi available
    Wheelchair friendly
    Swimming Pool
    Computer facilities
    Laundry Service
    Secure Parking


Breakfast is a hearty farm-style affair served in the sunny breakfast room or out on the covered veranda overlooking the pool whereas dinner is a delicious four-course meal by candle light, ostrich inspired of course, or you may have a barbeque.

If you’re heading out for the day or fancy a picnic on the farm, be sure to enquire about Mooiplaas’ generous and tasty picnic baskets. And let them know if it is a special occasion; they’ll pack an extra-special basket.

Have a pre-dinner drink or night-cap in the Mooiplaas Gentleman’s Bar, and if you fancy a change of scenery, your hosts will happily recommend and book a restaurant for you in town.

Luxury Twin Room

There are 16 large and comfortable, air-conditioned rooms at Mooiplaas. Each is en suite with a lounge area, separate entrance and often a patio or balcony.

Luxury Twin Room AMENITIES

    Air conditioning
    Safe in room
    Tea & coffee-making facilities
    Mini bar
    Twin bed available
    Wi-fi available in room
    En-suite bathroom

Other Room Types

The Honeymoon or Superior Suites all have private patios with particularly breathtaking views of the Swartberg Mountains and Oudtshoorn.

Young families will appreciate the Family Suites that sleep four people and can be linked by inter-leading doors.

In addition, a neighbouring farmhouse has been converted into four modern, self-catering suites with king-size beds, stylish en suite bathrooms, self-catering facilities and a private patio. Book out the farmhouse for a large family group - the house has a private swimming pool, comfy lounge, fireplace, an elegant dining room and a spacious farmhouse kitchen in addition to the facilities found in each room.


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  • Day tours
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  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Aug 2017 - 30 Apr 2018 $75 Bed & Breakfast
  • 01 May 2018 - 31 Jul 2018 $60 Bed & Breakfast
  • 01 Aug 2018 - 30 Apr 2019 $80 Bed & Breakfast
  • 01 May 2019 - 31 Jul 2019 $65 Bed & Breakfast

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Family Suite,Supreme Suite,Luxury Double Room Request a quote for rate detail

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Traveller Reviews

  • Mooiplaas was also a surprise stay in the middle of nowhere. Though we thought we could have skipped the town all together. The room and the service however were excellent.

    Ravi B, June 2014
  • This was quite a brief stay as we got there quite late on. However, the accommodation again was excellent. The staff were very friendly and the facilities were good. The swimming pool was the nicest one out of the lot I think. They also have Ostirches on a farm nearby which you can go and visit-That’s exactly what we did.

    Jennifer Keenlyside, February 2014
  • David and I especially liked Mooiplass in Oudtshoorn. The staff was great and the property was so peaceful and relaxing. The food was superb. The girls especially liked riding the ostriches in Oudtshoorn.

    Tracy Lancup, May 2012
  • Nice,clean hotel in relaxing, calm place with beautifull views. Friendly crew & delicious ostrich dinner.

    Ahmed Osman, March 2012
  • Mooiplaas -- Wonderful B&B. Andre was GREAT! He immediately made us feel welcome. Kaila loved him!! He was funny, engaging and charming! He also can grill a tasty ostrich steak! The B&B was very nice and comfortable. Kaila had her own room and bath which was a treat for her not to have to stay with us. The property is very nice and relaxing. The evening little surprise of sherry and sweets was a nice touch. The pool was a nice plus as it was very hot there. We had been warned that it would be warmer in that area than in Knysna. The tour was very interesting and the guide clearly enjoys his work. I would recommend this B&B for families and couples. It was very nice. We visited the caves. That was a nice outing. There are great shops in the surrounding area. I learned that the prices are definitely less expensive in this area than anywhere else!!

    Ivonn Ellis-Wiggan, March 2012
  • So sad to be back here but just to let you know it was fantastic and thanks for helping us sort the trip out! Must plan our return asap - SA is the BEST country on the planet (and not to brag but I have seen a lot of places in cluding Bhutan, iceland and Maldives....)

    Yukiko Kubota-Sjogren, March 2012
  • Mooiplaas: Lovely, quiet and well-appointed, with a delightfully eccentric manager/chef called Andre. His ostrich steaks were delightful. We had an interesting tour of the farm operation.

    David Templeton, November 2011
  • Mooiplaas Guesthouse, Oudtshoorn. A great place to unwind. Very comfortable accommodation, every detail thought of (though the rose petals in the toilet bowl were a bit of a surprise!!). Andre is a charming and entertaining host and the location is fantastic.

    Vanessa Gibson, November 2011
  • The farm we stayed on - Mooiplaas Guest House - was so peaceful and beautiful with wonderful staff.

    Debra Bursinger, August 2011
  • This accommodation was amazing and so relaxed and refreshing in the countryside (Mike loved riding an ostrich).

    Jacquie Bodner, January 2010

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"Friendly service, outstanding food and the wide open grassy spaces is the first thoughts that come to mind when I reminisce about this lovely guest house."



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David and I especially liked Mooiplass in Oudtshoorn. The staff was great and the property was so peaceful and relaxing. The food was superb. The girls especially liked riding the ostriches in Oudtshoorn.

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