The Gumtree Guest House is one of the finest accommodation options in Oudtshoorn, overlooking the Grobbelaars River and the historic Suspension Bridge. This guest house offers luxury and charm, in the shade of a century old giant Gumtree.
We are very close to the centre of town but have a beautiful view. Many restaurants and attractions are as little as 3 minutes, and no more than 10 minutes, walking distance for guests.
Enjoy professional, efficient and friendly service from your hosts, Phil & Linda Putzel, who believe they have found a perfect location at the Gumtree Guest House to share with guests, after having spent 25 years living in Europe, USA and Asia.
The garden and pool-deck offer stunning vistas of the Swartberg Mountains. Mornings are special as the many varieties of birds in the garden are at their most active. The resident Hadida Ibises are frequently to be seen and heard around the river, and Spotted Eagle Owls roost in the garden during the Summer months.
The West-facing pool-deck captures the afternoon sun making it ideal for relaxing after a busy day, and it often witnesses a spectacular sunset. One may enjoy a Sundowner on the bar deck during the summer months, and appreciate the warmth generated by the fireplaces in the bar, lounge and dining rooms during chilly winter nights.
The cosy bar is ideal for pre-dinner cocktails or post-dinner nightcaps.
Continental and Farm-style breakfasts are served. Evening meals are available on request and braai (barbeque) facilities are available at the pool-deck.
Additional amenities include:
* Off street secure parking
* Wireless Internet Access
* Lounge and Dining room with fireplace
* Picnic baskets on request
* Dinner on request
* Swimming Pool
* Sports Bar - Fully Licensed.
* Hiking, horse-riding, golfing, squash and tennis courts nearby
* Airport transfer and Day Tours arranged
* Hairdressing, Shopping Centre and Beauty salons within walking distance
* Cango Caves:
View the finest dripstone caverns, vast halls, and towering formations.
* Cango Wildlife Ranch:
A breeding facility focused primarily on endangered species. The oldest and biggest cheetah contact centre world-wide.
* Cango Ostrich Show Farm:
Guided tours are available where you will learn about the Ostrich and its associated industry, feed an ostrich, see their breeding pens up close, and get to ride one if you want to.
* Day trip to Prince Albert via Swartberg Pass and Meiringspoort:
* La Chocolaterie Rococo:
Highly recommended for those who enjoy the finer things in life.
* Karusa Vineyards:
Lovely boutique wine-farm 13km north of Oudtshoorn in Schoemanshoek. Excellent location for wine tasting and a lunch of Karoo Tapas.
* Roger Young Gallery at Kleinrivier.
A wonderful stop on a drive through the foothills of the Swartberg between Calitzdorp and the Cango Caves. Interesting photography on display plus a look at the workshop where he makes furniture.
* Meerkat Tours:
The meerkat tours last between 2-3 hours.
Enjoy the panoramic view of Oudtshoorn and the majestic Swartberg Mountain range from a hot-air-balloon.
* Horse Riding:
1 hour and longer rides available. Stables are situated on the northern edge of Oudtshoorn.
* Buffelsdrift Game Lodge:
Safari drive, horseback safaris, and elephant feeding are available.
* Wilgewandel Holiday Farm:
Excellent activities for children featuring pedal go-karts, camel rides, putt-putt, donkey-cart rides, bumper boats, etc.
There are a variety of hiking trails around the Swartberg & Oudtshoorn.
Tip: If you use a GPS Navigation system, we recommend you input "139 KERK street" and not "Church street" as the Gumtree Guest House address.
From Cape Town & Calitzdorp:
Turn left at third traffic light (Baron van Reede Street), turn left again at second traffic light (Kerk/Church Street)
Turn left at third traffic light (Kerk/Church Street)
Turn right at third traffic light (Baron van Reede Street), turn left at second traffic light (Kerk/Church Street)
From Cango Caves:
Turn right at first traffic light (Kerk/Church Street)
Gumtree Guest House is the last entrance on the left side before you reach the river and bridge.
All our rooms offer the comforts of air conditioning, safes, hairdryers, toiletries, electric blankets, free WiFi Internet access, TVs, minibar fridges, and complimentary tea/coffee.
Each room has its own external entrance from the garden. The 4 Superior rooms open onto a wooden deck which faces the river, Suspension Bridge and Swartberg Mountains. Sitting on the deck taking in the scenery is very peaceful.
We also have a 2-bedroomed self-catering cottage available which is ideal for a family with children and includes fridge, microwave, double hotplate, toaster and kettle.