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Reviewed February 28, 2009

We stayed for three nights and loved every minute. Having booked out early from a very wet Graaf-Reinet it was a pleasure to be able to move our booking to a day early to a very sunny de Zeekoe. They have a lovely swimming pool, both umbrellas and trees for shade, lots of sun loungers, and superb views.
From the moment we arrived we were made so welcome. As it was a Sunday dinner was not served that night, but a reservation was made at Jemima's in town. 4 course dinners the next two nights were a joy to both behold and eat, so varied and imaginative, ostrich and springbok one night, Karoo lamb the next. Paula, the owner, and the rest of the staff were so helpful, nothing was too much trouble for them.
Although we stayed in the main house we visited the log cabins and to us they seemed ideal overlooking the lake (a little low in high summer) and the reed beds, and saw so much bird life. Apparently there have been over 150 different species seen on the farm.
The main guest accommodation has just been expanded and the work is finished. The only noise we encountered was from the wild life. The rooms are beautifully appointed, the new ones looked like honeymoon suites with beautiful views of the Karoo hills.
We visited the Cango Caves, quite small, and then went over the Swartberg Pass, a gravel road, which had fantastic views and rock formations. Check that it is open, as in bad weather it can be treacherous. In dry conditions it is not to be missed, and we thought we would go home the easy way on the paved road - it is almost as scenic. A wonderful day, especially as that was the evening we had the melt in the mouth ostrich steak.
de Zeekoe is a little way out of Oudtshoorn, but well worth the extra few kilometres to get the peace and service. Be sure to get up in the middle of the night to see the stars - it is years since I saw the milky way. It seemed as though there were thousands of stars lighting up the sky, worth the visit for that alone.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank DianneF
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Reviewed February 28, 2009

We stayed in one of the lovely rustic log cabins by the lake (there are only 4) and were very pleased we had made that choice. The view from the large wooden balcony was wonderful even though the water was low. Apparently it is often lapping at the stilts of the cabins. The birdlife was fabulous and we were excited by seeing two Goliath Herons (HUGE!), lots of Spoonbills and a Green Turaco amongst many other birds. There is a canoe for general use and we paddled accross the lake much to the very loud annoyance and position-changing of the birds!

The cabin was spacious and clean, had AC and contained interesting furnishings. The lampshades in the bedrooms were made from porcupine quills and the lights beside the fireplace were a Kudu horn attopped with an ostrich egg with the light bulb inside the egg! It was very effective. I liked these touches. The main house which was a 5 min drive away down a track, had a very impressive dining room and we had two evening meals there. Both meals were good, one particularly excellent including ostrich. It is lovely home-cooked food and much of the food presented is produced on the farm. Breakfast was served outside on the veranda at the main house and we watched a Kingfisher while we ate - wonderful!

De Zeekoe was a great place to explore from. We had a fantastic morning with Grant McIlrath - Meercat Man. Early start - up at 4.30 am but it was magic to witness these sweet little creatures emerge tentatively one by one from their burrow and then to join them on their daily foraging. It was as if we were wearing invisible cloaks. We were lucky to go on this tour - the meercats apparently had recently moved house to somewhere inaccessible but moved back to their favoured burrow coinciding with our visit to De Zeekoe. Another outing we did from here were the Cango Caves and Swaartberg Pass. Both fabulous.

We would definitely return to De Zeekoe.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank Sallyh164
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Reviewed January 26, 2009

Oudtshoorn: De Zeeko guest farm: Awfully horrible"
Date: January 26, 2008
Reiewer: A TripAdvisor Member, Location Constantia, South Africa
I booked 2 nights to stay in this guest farm which I thought would be ideal base to see Klein Karoo (route 62). It looked fantastic in the internet and when I read the description how peaceful and quiet this place is I thought perfect! Only to find out that the cabin lodge that suppose to sleep six was full of cobwebs, dusty and worst rats!!! all over the place. By the way there's only partition in between rooms, not really a private bedroom and very small to sleep six. We asked if we can swim in the dam and if it's safe, the lady in the reception said "yes we can canoe and very safe to swim". My husband took the kids and canoed then I heard an urgent call from my husband for help. I was so shocked when I saw my children covered with tiny leeches all over their legs. The place is far from peaceful and quiet because you can actually see the big main road from the cabin and very noisy indeed at night. Their one and only shower is dirty and doesn't even have a place to put your soap or anything, it is a bare shower. I thought 4 star category guest farm should be better than that. We also immediately left the next day. It was such a horrible experience to say the least.

Thank wajigi
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Reviewed December 23, 2008

This guest house was fantastic. We stayed in the log cabins. They are a 5 min drive from the main house but 100% worth it! Beautifully done wooden cabins with beautful views, and complete silence except for the birds and storks splashing in the lake! You immediately feel relaxed and tranquil when you walk in to your cabin. We took the canoe for a spin on the lake at sunset - and followed it up with a gin and tonic on our deck whilest watching the birds flitting around.
As we only had one night we decided to eat at the main house, and again all I can say is WOW! Ostrich steak was the menu for the night and it was delicious melt in the mouth flavoursome meat.
We travelled here from the Winelands Region along Route 62, and this was a great way to end a stunning drive.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 11, 2008

We stayed here on the 26th oct for 1 night. We stayed in the four log cabins on the waters edge. They have great views over the lake .The wildlife was great to see with some beautiful birds.The pool area was still to be finished but when it is it will be a great place to stay.We had a pizza in the evening and sat on the balcony.Lovely to hear all the bird noises but we got bitten to bits by the mozzies!! Breakfast not the best but still good.The best bit for me was riding the bikes with my son to the cabin past the birds and ostriches. Bring ear plugs for the dawn noise of the birds though!!

  • Stayed: October 2008
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Thank tikka2205
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