We stayed here in January this year. We were booked in to a luxury room so we were a bit dismayed to find ourselves in a room with little space around he bed and a balcony blocked in on booth sides with corrugated metal giving a sort of tunnel effect. My dismay was met with a distinct take it or leave it approach and I was firmly told that all rooms were the same size. However the restaurant was excellent (dinner & breakfast) and there were lots of birds to be seen. We decided to swim in the salt water pool but as it was thick with green algae and you could see neither the bottom nor the sides clearly it was not a very pleasant experience and we decided not to repeat it. Such a shame because the grounds are really interesting. By morning I'd had enough of the dark, cramped space and complained again, this time we were moved into a lovely room which was so much nicer. As all over Africa, most of the staff are so helpful.
However the absolute high point was the Meerkat Tour, it was an unbelievable experience to arrive in a field before dawn and to sit and wait for these wonderful animals to appear. So long as you only speak quietly and don't move suddenly, they completely ignore the presence of humans. The trip is run by Devey Glinister and is absolutely magical.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only 7km outside Oudtshoorn, in the Garden Route, surrounded by the famous Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains, is one of the world's 17 "hot spots" with 3 overlapping flower zones. Surrounded by variety attractions like ostrich farms, longest wine route in the world (R 62), Cango caves, Wildlife ranch, waterfalls and museums, makes this the ideal destination for a visit or a stay over in the Klein Karoo. This owner managed, 3000 hectare working lusern farm, is malaria free, and child friendly. De Zeekoe offers a unique in the world opportunity to walk with Wild Meerkats (Meerkat adventures) and to be part of the shy 5 experience!From self catering to luxurious accommodation. De Zeekoe offers the following:• Wild Meerkat tours, home to the "shy five"• Accommodation: From Standard to Superior rooms ( 21 ) Rooms with views of mountains and gardens; 4 Waterfront cabins ; 3 x Private cottages with own pool. Wheelchair friendly rooms• Restaurant with fresh farm produce and free range meat• Cocktail Bar * Biking - bikes to rent• Community project with local school• Fishing - own equipment• Hiking• Going green with recycling , solar panels etc• Birding ( 162 species ) - private bird tours• Canoeing• Self guided walks• Massage relax zone - pre book• Swimming pool ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- De Zeekoe Guest Farm Hotel Oudtshoorn