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Yamkela Guest House
4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   P O Box 670, Oudtshoorn 6620, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #26 of 69 Oudtshoorn B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
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“Lovely guesthouse”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for a couple of nights in what was a very nice and clean room with a great ensuite bathroom looking out onto a very nice garden. The breakfast was plentiful and served when requested and the hosts knew a lot about the restaurants of the area, both of which we visited and found to be very good recommendations.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

I stayed here November 22, 2012 while driving through the Karoo on route 62. Really nice guesthouse, quiet and secure. Plenty of restaurants with late night hours within walking distance. Very friendly owners and a great breakfast. Miss the ostrich sausage!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

lovely quaint and quiet guest house with a warm welcome and delicious choice of breakfast. good location for cango caves and ostrich farms. the owners were very helpful and made us a dinner reservation at a local restaurant and directed us as to things to do in the area.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012 via mobile

Hosts are so nice, everything is furnished in good taste.Rooms  are so cute, quiet and comfortable, bed linen smells clean .But the most amazing feature was the breakfast. Fine porcelain, white tablecloth, homemade delicious jam. A little bit of "family", so far from home

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012

We had not planned to stay here however the hotel we had booked into had no hot water and we were transferred across the street to Yamkela; a perfect small guest house. The rooms were very comfortable and clean and breakfasts were delicious. The owners were friendly and shared their local knowledge with us. They recommended a trip to Buffelsdrift Game Lodge where we were able to have a close encounter with orphaned elephants and enjoy a delicious meal. We also visited the Cango Caves and Ostrich Farm.

We would not hesitate in recommending this guest house and if visiting Oudtshoorn again Yamkela would be our guest house of choice.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2012

We were lucky enough to stay at Yamkela for two nights on our recent trip to South Africa - what a relaxed and welcoming experience we had! Una and Charl, the owners, were so helpful with information about Oudtshoorn, things to do and places to eat. In addition, they cooked a great breakfast (certainly amongst the best we had in our entire month in SA) and made us feel comfortable, secure and welcome in their guesthouse - it was really a cosy couple of days which cured any homesickness we were feeling!

The room was very spacious, with a big bathroom and secure private access to the property. The room opened onto a lovely shared courtyard and pool - all in all we thought the value for money was excellent, particularly given the high level of service combined with a homely feel. The location of Yamkela is on one of the main roads in Oudtshoorn, but a few blocks from the 'main part' of town, which we liked. There are at least 2 wonderful restaurants within walking distance (there are a couple of other restaurants which Una recommended also within walking distance, however we only ate at 2 so can only vouch for the quality of those!).

We would defineitly recommend Yamkela to friends, family and strangers - you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2012

After a day of climbing in the Tsitsikamma and a long drive on a very hot day we found that the first guest house we stopped at was full and they sent us on to Yamkela . What luck the first one was full, we had a lovely experience at Yamkela. The owners Una and Charl were delightful and very helpful. The room was very comfortable overlooking a very pretty garden with a pool that was bliss. I would recommend staying here and if you are looking for agastronomic delight you only need to wander next door to Kalinka.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Additional Information about Yamkela Guest House

Address: P O Box 670, Oudtshoorn 6620, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Oudtshoorn
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 69 B&Bs / Inns in Oudtshoorn
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Yamkela Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover serenity, luxury and privacy in the heart of the Klein Karoo at Yamkela Guest House. Our stylish and comfortable 4-star guest house is ideally situated in a quiet residential area, within easy walking distance from the center of town and several excellent restaurants. A sparkling swimming pool with wooden deck chairs is available for our hot and sunny days. We personally run our guest house assisted by our loyal staff. The tranquility of Yamkela will restore your soul and you will feel right at home with our friendly and professional service and special attention to our guests and their needs.All our elegant 10 double rooms are air-conditioned with an en suite bath room and its own private entrance. 5 rooms have a queen bed and a shower, 2 rooms have a queen bed and a bath, 1 room has two twin beds and a shower and 2 rooms have two twin beds and a bath. Rooms can’t accommodate more than 2 adults. In Room Amenities are 30+ Dstv channels, tea and coffee making facilities, bar fridge, hairdryer, safe box, fully serviced daily, strictly no smoking in rooms, no pets allowed. Other facilities are WiFi and off-street parking. ... more   less 
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