Rooms: 4 superior/honeymoon suites; 10 luxury doubles, 11 luxury twins, 5 family suites. All rooms are en-suite with bath and shower.
Prices: R495 – R1,105 pp per night (highest rate is for Luxury Double Suites).
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Meals: Full breakfast included. Dinner available on prior request
Directions: From R62 take the R328 to Mossel Bay. After 8km follow sign to right. After 1.1km the farm is on your left.
Mooiplaas is a family-run farm, dating back to the 1800s, and Viljee and Hanlie are the fourth generation of Kellers to live here. Their main focus is ostriches with some maize, alfalfa and cattle thrown into the mix too – this is a real working farm. Hanlie is a self-proclaimed perfectionist, so expect nothing less than luxury in the rooms and spa, which is Hanlie's personal pride and joy. Large and airy with high ceilings, custom-made ostrich leather headboards (leather from their farm, of course) and a verandah with views overlooking the often snow-capped Swartberg Mountains, it didn’t take me long to relax and unwind with a complimentary glass of muscadel. Although one is spoilt for choice with the Swartberg in front and the Outeniqua Mountains behind, my attention was drawn to the baby ostrich running around the lawn. While I was bombarding Hanlie with ostrich questions, Piet, her son, arrived back from school and started looking for a torch. His Friday job is to check the eggs in the incubator to see which ones have been fertilized. If you like the sound of this, nip down the road to Highgate Show Farm, a new acquisition of the Kellers, and ogle ostrich to your heart’s content. (I highly suggest you come away with a feather duster – splendid yet practical). Mooiplaas is known for its delicious ostrich steaks, its warm hospitality and its elevated location with magnificent panoramic views of the mountains and the night skies. With so much to see, do and learn here, it was a real shame I only had one night. Personalised guided ostrich tours and products, mountain bike hire and after-dinner star-gazing available.