Red Stone Hills

Klein Karoo

Rooms: 6 cottages: all fully self-contained with 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms and shared or en-suite bathrooms with baths and/or showers.

Prices: R350 - R650 pp self-catering. Singles and special family rates on request.
* Special rates available
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Meals: Full breakfast R100; Continental breakfast R75; 3-course farm dinners or semi-prepared braai packs by prior arrangement.

Directions: Halfway between Calitzdorp & Oudtshoorn on R62. Head west from Oudtshoorn 28km, then Kruisrivier turn-off. Red Stone 6km down this road. Another entrance between foot of Swartberg mountain & Cango Caves via Matjiesrivier.

GPS: S 33 30 23 76 E 23 06 48 33

Petro and Hermanus Potgieter
Oudtshoorn, Klein Karoo, Western Cape

Tel: (0)44-213-3783
Fax: (0)44-213-3291
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The humbling sense of the passage of time pervades this 3,000-hectare veld, whose desert colours swirl with Van Gogh vibrancy. The current Potgieters are the fifth generation to farm this land (ostrich, vineyards, cattle, fruit), but that lineage is put into perspective by the red stone hills. They date to the enon-conglomerate period, formed 120 million years ago when the earth twisted and a torrent of sanguine mud-stone settled and solidified; a few million years later, bushmen hid in the hills’ stone pockets and painted wildlife; and in the 1790s Karoo cottages completed the picture. It’s all been authenticated by erudite visitors: botanists, geologists and a chap from Roberts who identified 210 birds here, including eagles, black stork and five varieties of kingfisher. But you’ll find Hermanus and Petro plenty knowledgeable themselves. We drove out along dusty tracks leading past the schoolhouse that his father donated to the mixed community (which still congregates there), through babbling brooks to Chinese lanterns and blankets of fynbos and medicinal succulents. Hermanus will name them all. Petro says he lives in the past, whereas she’s an artist facing the future. Also on offer at certain times of year are geological, botanical and fossil tours. There are many ways to enjoy the scenery, cycling, hiking, horse-riding and ostrich farm tours… kids will love the morning tractor ride to feed the animals. When you’re tired out, your sleepy cottage, with original Oregon pine doors and floors and farm-made furniture, awaits.

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Red Stone Hills
Bushman cottage with spectacular view of river and red hills.
View from Bushman cottage veranda
Ostrich Palace at foot of red hills.
Lounge of Ostrich Palace with fireplace and satellite tv.
Red Rock cottage situated in the red hills.
Bedroom in Red Rock with air conditoner and en suite bathroom
Red Rock with two bedrooms and bathrooms with spa baths, corner showers and double basins
Bedroom with air conditioner and queen size bed in Aloe cottage.
Birds Nest cottage at foot of red hills with two bedrooms and one bathroom [shower and bath]. Air conditioner in main bedroom and satellite tv in lounge
lounge/dining room of Birds Nest with open hearth in back ground.
Natural window in red hills where Bushman people gathered every full moon in past
We offer horse-riding in the red hills.
Tractor rides in the mornings for children when feeding the farm animals.
Comfortable pool loungers at swimming pool next to breakfast room.
Breakfast room leads to patio with veranda at swimming pool.

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Current Special Rates

Please make it known to your host that you are applying for this discount because you have found it on the Greenwood Guides website.

Free continental breakfast for maximum 2 people per cottage for a minimum stay of 3 nights. 15% discount for a minimum stay of three nights.