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“Relaxing atmosphere with a personal touch”

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Karoo Soul Travel Lodge & Cottages
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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27 reviews
27 hotel reviews
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“Relaxing atmosphere with a personal touch”
Reviewed February 21, 2012

Cosy and quiet place (only a few rooms) with secured parking and shared kitchen, breakfast can be ordered for a reasonable price. Very nice and helpful owner - we arrived late and she came back from town just for us and made some calls to nearby restaurants to find out where to get something to eat. Nicely decorated ensuite room. Note, payment only possible in cash, but there's an ATM in walking distance. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Munich, Germany
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5 reviews
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Reviewed February 5, 2012

Very beautiful lodge situated on top of a small mountain offering breathtaking views over Oudtshoorn and the mountains in the back. Every room has been decorated individually with a lot of attention to detail and artistic masterpieces. Fantastic beds+linen, clean bathrooms, beautiful garden + pool and super friendly owners who make your stay memorable. Ask for special vouchers to Ostrich farms and Cango Caves. We originally wanted to stay for one night only but extended to 2 nights and didnt wanna leave at the end. Definitely the best lodge we stayed at in South Africa!!! Dont miss out on that experience when going to Oudtshoorn!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Norwich, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

Stayed at Karoo Soul for 5 night this Christmas.
Enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and lovely swimming pool,
Staff were very helpful and friendly. Used the braai area twice, and spent hours chilling in the hammocks.
Rooms were really clean, with everything you could need, and really stylish without being over-the-top.
All in all an awesome place, and a great base to explore the area.
Recommend cycling down the Swartberg Pass!

Room Tip: The front rooms - amazing views!
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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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
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Denmark
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
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
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Portland, Oregon
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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
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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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
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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 #15 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
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Huddled in the heart of the Klein Karoo is this magical Tudor-style manor house. Delicately finding the equilibrium between nature, life and sustainability while remaining one of the most sophisticated travel lodges in the area. Situated on one of the uppermost hills in Oudtshoorn, the manor and surrounding grounds is adorned with art, offering breath-taking views and sunsets combined with a tantalising swimming pool and entertainment patio. Affordable yet stylish and comfortable; surrounded with a sense of well-balanced vitality. Our little piece of paradise. Unique self-catering cottages, spaciously luxurious rooms, an uncrowded dormitory and camping depending on your needs. We also house a well equipped kitchen with optional breakfast. All your questions with regards to local attractions will be answered knowledgeably, offering some vouchers and specials to sites and establishments in and around Oudtshoorn. We strive to make your stay comfortable, exciting and memorable. ... more   less 
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