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Review of Karoo Soul Travel Lodge & Cottages

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Karoo Soul Travel Lodge & Cottages
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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Value for money”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2011

We stayed here for a night and it's just as we expected. Good location and a decent room for the night! Thanks

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Neil S
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Denmark
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38 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2011

Stayed in the stone cottage, bit with small patio. Used the kitchen in the mainhouse though. Nice pool area with a bbq and good views over Oudtshorn.

Can't recommend going to an ostrich farm, it is too commercialized.

Instead drive up to Swartberg pass and back to town via Arthur's Pass. You will see plenty of ostriches along the road - for free.

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mikkelbech
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Portland, Oregon
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2011

Our visit to this lovely backpackers' old fashioned home was very special. We had great conversations with the owner, and artist of this lodge. The location is very practical and within walking reach of any stores you need and any restaurants you would like to visit. Oudtshoorn is a colorful place to visit and the Karoo region is amazing!

Room Tip: Some rooms have a fabulous view!
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ingerwing
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2011

Oudtshoorn itself is nothing too special. A cute outpost on the former edge of civilization founded around 1843 that is aging gracefully.
Karoo Soul Backpackers is owned and operated by a cute, friendly, local girl who's obviously done enough budget travel of her own to "get it". The location of the property is not great--it's on a somewhat busy road a short walk from the town center--but the house itself, which is a Bungalow circa 1928--is well preserved and is perched high up on a hill with excellent views of the mountains that surround the city--and a fantastic wrap around porch that is a great spot for watching the sunset over the mountains to the west--or dining al fresco. (Self catering only at this property--so if you are looking for a B&B or lodge that has a restaurant, there are plenty of other options in town.)
There's a small pool with a covered outdoor lounge area adjacent to it--along with the requisite friendly dog and mischievous cat haunting the property.
The city and environs are quite safe and have plenty of tree-lined streets filled with vintage houses and jacaranda trees.
Not much to do in town but plenty of activities in the surrounding mountains.
The rooms are spotless, tastefully furnished--spare but classy--and there is a good internet connection (including WiFi) that is not completely free but is quite reasonable.
The room rates were very fair (we paid $320 for a double with shared bath).
Large kitchen for self-catering and plenty of places to eat outside under the deep soffits of the wrap around porch.

Room Tip: The rooms all seem quite similar and all good.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jared m
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2011

Good rate, awesome cottage and even cooler kingsize beds!! Splendid hosts and info- bruce rocks

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lipstixartillery
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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102 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2011

We have never stayed at a backpackers so didn't know what to expect but it was really wonderful. Very peaceful with the pool area being a particular oasis - great place for a G&T at the end of the day (or mid-afternoon!!) We stayed in the cottage which was very private and clean. It also sleeps four so we had lots of space. Would give this place 5 stars but have marked it down due to the plumbing - not the best shower in the world but this was in a water-stressed area. Great service from Ilze and Ivan - very helpful.
Would recommend.

Room Tip: Ask for the cottage for extra privacy
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank val g
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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2011

Karoo Soul is an idyllic spot with a magical and genteel feel. The rooms are lovely, well presented and very comfortable. The 360 verandah provides the perfect spot for chilling and the pool area is perfect for having a drink and watching the sun go down over the lovely view.
I stayed there with some friends in October 2011 and we were made to feel extremely welcome and thoroughly enjoyed the friendly, warm atmosphere created by the owner and staff.

Room Tip: They are all good, spacious and well presented!
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rachel S
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Property: Karoo Soul Travel Lodge & Cottages
Address: 170 Langenhoven Road, Oudtshoorn 6625, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Oudtshoorn
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 47 Specialty Lodging in Oudtshoorn
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Karoo Soul Travel Lodge & Cottages 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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