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Inland from the Garden Route and just 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 owner-run and -managed. 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 are 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 near Oudtshoorn
  • Classic, owner-run country hospitality
  • Surrounded by beautiful views of the Klein Karoo
  • Farm-style breakfasts, dinners and picnic baskets
  • Well-equipped for families as part of a Garden Route adventure


  • Hiking
  • Star gazing
  • Day tours
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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Supreme Suite

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. Reserve 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.

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.


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

You can also take a very welcome dip in the large, refreshing swimming pool or enjoy a relaxing treatment in the spa.

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


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 are heading out for the day or fancy a picnic on the farm, be sure to enquire about Mooiplaas’s generous and tasty picnic baskets. And let them know if it is a special occasion; they will 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.

General facilities

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


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Dates Board Price
2022-05-01 — 2022-07-31 Bed & Breakfast $65
2022-08-01 — 2023-04-30 Bed & Breakfast $80

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Traveller Reviews

Mooiplaas Guest House

Tim Wade

"The accommodation at Mooiplaas was great with the whole bungalow and the kids having their own room. The setting was lovely. "

Ravi B

"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."

Jennifer Keenlyside

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 Ostirche s on a farm nearby which you can go and visit-That’s exactly what we did.
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Tracy Lancup

"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."

Ahmed Osman

"Nice,clean hotel in relaxing, calm place with beautifull views. Friendly crew & delicious ostrich dinner."

Ivonn Ellis-Wiggan

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 b ath 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!!
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Yukiko Kubota-Sjogren

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, icelan d and Maldives....)
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David Templeton

"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."

Vanessa Gibson

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 i s fantastic.
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Debra Bursinger

"The farm we stayed on - Mooiplaas Guest House - was so peaceful and beautiful with wonderful staff."

Jacquie Bodner

"This accommodation was amazing and so relaxed and refreshing in the countryside (Mike loved riding an ostrich)."

Claire Evans

"This was very good. Ostrich farms are a bit of a novelty. Glad we did it for the good tour of the farm on our last day."

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