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Klaarstroom Hotel are proudly an off-the-beaten-path destination, providing a quiet escape to a spectacularly scenic region.  Our guests can decamp from busy lifestyles and take a step back in time to this small Victorian working farm village.  We want our guests to feel carefree and cherish the opportunity to experience the heritage and traditional life of the Karoo.

Klaarstroom was established as a village in the late 19th century.  Sheep farmers from the Great Karoo used the clear Swartberg mountain stream water to wash their valuable wool, before embarking further on their journey to Mossel Bay.  The town of Mossel Bay provided the nearest port, and therefore, a place where farmers could sell their wares through maritime trade routes.

These wool traders realised that Klaarstroom was the ideal spot to settle.  They soon instituted a wool-washing plant and built houses, and other buildings, in the town. Most of the binnedorp (village centre) structures, like our hotel, are still standing today.  They feature their original Victorian architecture, with owners preferring to restore rather than rebuild. 

It probably comes as no surprise that the villagers looked for other ways to utilise the crystalline, mineral-rich mountain water.  Unlike many of the surrounding towns and farmlands, instead of winemaking, they turned their hands to a far stronger tipple… witblitz aka moonshine. Today, you can visit what has now been declared a National Monument in one of the farms in the district, Vrolikheid, which proudly holds a licenced witblitz still.  We must warn you, some claim this liquor has medicinal qualities and many others state that it is highly likely to affect your eyesight!

This little village boasts being the last operator of a transport wagon, however, it was only settled in after the famous Great Trek.  The pastureland seeking voortrekkers would have passed by it on the Prins Albert route to Oudtshoorn.

 

Attractions:

Meiringspoort Pass: This picturesque drive follows the winding path of the river between spectacular, lichen-covered red mountains, with the possible sightings of baboons, mongoose, leopard tortoises, and small buck. On the way is Meiringspoort waterfall, which is considered nearby De Rust’s most beautiful stop, and is fast becoming a popular dive site, with tales of a mermaid that lives in the waterfall’s pool.

Flora: If you’ve been wondering “waar is klaarstroom?”, nature enthusiasts will be delighted to know that it lies in the Greater Cape Floristic Region, establishing it as an important area for terrestrial biodiversity. It is a protected area on UNESCO’s World Heritage List and a fascination for any flora or bird enthusiast.

Wildlife: As well as the abovementioned animals often spotted off the side of the road, there are lots of opportunities to encounter wildlife. Early risers can watch meerkats awake from their slumber to start the day, just before sunrise. The world’s largest and heaviest bird, the ostrich, can be visited at various show farms. A stunning long drive along the rebuilt Voortrekker route, to Oudtshoorn, will take you to Buffelsdrift, home to elephants, rhino, Cape buffalo, giraffe and hippo, to name but a few.

Activities: Suffice to say that the region also boasts breath-taking hiking trails, mountain bike routes and horse-riding paths. Stompdrift Dam offers angling enthusiasts a chance to target carp, barbel and bass. Klaarstroom’s low light pollution renders it the perfect place for evenings spent stargazing and, with a pair of binoculars, you can check out the Big 5 of the African Sky: the Milky Way, the Southern Pleiades, Omega Centauri, the Eta Carinae Nebula, and the Coal Sack.

Oudtshoorn: A short 45 min drive takes you to Oudtshoorn where there are plenty of things to keep you busy. Cango Caves is South Africa’s oldest attraction. It features a system of 20 million-year-old caves with a series of hidden chambers, some of which you can explore during guided tours. Cango Wildlife Ranch is best known for its crocodile encounters. You can brave facing these formidable aquatic predators from the safety of a cage. Other wildlife encounters at this ranch include getting hands-on with lemurs, cheetahs, servals, leopards and snakes. Oudtshoorn is also known as a national centre for creativity where you can visit the various art galleries. Acrophiles will be thrilled at the opportunity to skydive with incredible views of the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountain ranges.

Mossel Bay: The coast is two hours away, in Mossel Bay, on the Garden Route. Here, there are plenty of beaches and a variety of adventure activities, including whale watching, white shark cage diving, SCUBA diving, sandboarding and deep-sea fishing. It also boasts a world-renowned archaeological site, The Point of Human Origin, which showcases the earliest evidence for modern human behaviour. The latest activity to launch in the town is a 1.1 km zipline, proudly the longest over the ocean zipline in the world.

Route 62: Named by CNN Travel as the world’s best road trip destination, this leisurely scenic route takes you from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town. The Prince Albert Loop, along which Klaarstroom sits, is certainly one of the most beautiful highlights of this drive. It features two stunning mountain passes and quaint Karoo towns. Route 62 is proclaimed the longest wine route in the world, with the family-owned Karusa wines being the closest en route from Klaarstroom. This premium vineyard and craft brewery, with its acclaimed Cap Classiques and Mediterranean-styled wines, will not disappoint.

Rooms and Units Available:

Cottage with Bath and Shower
This comfy unit comes fitted with two single beds, a small kitchenette with microwave and small bar fridge and bathroom with a separate tub and shower. The unit is also non smoking and has ease access to the restaurant, bar and pool area.
Sleeps 2 Adults

Family Room
This comfy unit comes fitted with a double bed and two single beds, sitting area in room and bathroom with shower only. The unit is also non smoking and has ease access to the restaurant, bar and pool area.
Sleeps 4 Adults

Standard Double Room
This comfy Double room comes fitted with a double bed, sitting area in room and bathroom with shower only. The unit is also non smoking and has ease access to the restaurant, bar and pool area.
Amount of similar units: 3
Sleeps 2 Adults

Standard Twin Room
This comfy unit comes fitted with two twin beds, a chair and bathroom with shower only. The unit is also non smoking and has ease access to the restaurant, bar and pool area.
Amount of similar units: 3
Sleeps 2 Adults

Facilities & Services available:

Babies
Children under 12
Elderly
Laundry Service
Bar on the Premises
Restaurant
Garden
Wi-Fi
Afrikaans
English
Communal Satellite TV
Swimming Pool
No Pets Allowed
Nature

Cancellation Policy:

-  If cancelling 7 days before arrival, forfeit 100% of the booking total.
-  If cancelling 14 days before arrival, forfeit 100% of the deposit.
-  If cancelling 21 days before arrival, forfeit 50% of the deposit.

Directions:

From George Airport George, 6530 *Follow R404 to N12/N9 13 min (10.4 km) *Head southeast (14 m) *Keep left (73 m) *Continue straight (120 m) *Toward left (120 m) *Turn left toward R404 (39 m) *Keep left to continue toward R404 (48 m) *Turn left onto R404 (8.0 km) *Continue straight onto Montagu St/R404 *Continue to follow R404 (2.0 km) *Follow N12 to Oudtshoorn 36 min (49.8 km) *Turn left onto N12/N9 (18.2 km) *Turn left onto N12/R62 (31.6 km) *Continue to N12 9 min (8.6 km) *Turn right at Onverwacht Cres (1.1 km) *Turn left (7.5 km) *Turn right onto N12 39 min (49.7 km) *Drive to your destination in Klaarstroom 2 min (850 m) *Turn left onto Aalwyn St (71 m) *Turn left at the 1st cross street at Bloekom St Partial restricted usage road Your Destination will be on the left (800 m) Klaarstroom Hotel Plaas Klaarstroom Klaar, Klaarstroom.


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  • Accommodation Type: Country Hotel
  • Malaria Area: No
  • Sleeps: 18
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM