One night in Oudtshoorn


Let the record show that it was Caroline’s idea to stay over in Oudtshoorn and her second idea to save money by booking into a backpacker’s lodge where we could get a room, not a dorm. As much as I like guesthouses where you get fluffly towels and nice bathrooms and breakfast with real coffee, I agreed because our budget was limited and I know some backpackers have very nice private accommodation. After all, we were only going to be there for a very quick sleep-over.

The internet is sometimes a big fat liar. And so is the camera that took the pics of this place.

As we followed the directions from the email I had received, Caroline’s first words were “This can’t be right, this area looks dodgy.” But it was right so we continued and soon arrived at our lodging for the night. My besties stayed put in the car and sent me to check-in.

Long story short, it was clean and safe but we’ve decided we’re too old for this. We like basic comforts like at least one other piece of furniture in the room besides beds. We like toilets that are not 3 inches away from the bed. We need bedside lights. And lots of plugs for the electronics.

We didn’t like the braai areas we were shown because it was very cold and almost decided to eat out but then we found one they were hiding from us and which was sheltered and much nicer, with artwork on the walls, so we made ourselves at home and prepared our braai (bbq).

After watching a bit of TV in the glacial lounge, we went to bed giggling and complaining and hoping the blasted dog barking nearby would soon stop. We promised ourselves we’d be up at the crack of dawn and have breakfast somewhere on the road.

We overslept. We didn’t shower. We packed and left after a quick cup of coffee.

We allowed Oudtshoorn to redeem itself on our way out of town by driving through the prettier roads and gawping at lovely old Victorian houses, feather palaces and expensive-looking guesthouses. Then we had breakfast with real coffee at a charming children’s animal farm at the foot of the Swartberg, with pheasants and camels.


Just in case we didn’t know where we were, this map was mildly useful.


Chess players will know this board is not right.


Our braai porch was the only section of the large house with any adornment – this door and the art painted directly on the walls.


Caroline doing what she does so well – braai!


Our breakfast companions the next morning. Very grumpy looking but we were not fazed.

view with breakfast 2

Our breakfast view, not too shabby.



About Francoise Armour

I run a small touring company (Tours du Cap) at the bottom of Africa, to show visitors the beauty and vibrant culture of the country I have lived in since my parents brought me here from France as a child. I enjoy taking photos and wish I had learnt to do it properly. I enjoy writing but don't do enough of it. I enjoy walking in the mountains that surround me and I marvel over the views and the flowers and the amazing rock formations. I have a small, cute, clever, black dog of indeterminable breed, named Vida, who reminds me regularly that walking and getting out is not only for when tourists want it.

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