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Welcome to Rietfontein Ostrich Palace, a working ostrich farm situated between Calitzdorp (Port Capital of the World) - & Oudtshoorn (Ostrich Capital of the world) on the Route 62 (longest wine route in South Africa).

It is the eldest working ostrich farm in the Cape Colony, established by the Potgieter family in 1897 and boasts with one of the most intriguing ostrich palaces, dating back to the early 1900`s (the feather boom era).

Enjoy a scrumptious meal at our Restaurant - we serve ostrich cuisine and local wine. Our accommodation consists of 3 units ( 6 rooms ) - each with ensuite bathroom and equipped with all neccessaries.

Calitzdorp Spa is situated about 19.5km from the small town of Calitzdorp. The Spa is well known for its heeling powers and people come from over the world to come and relax in our warm and pleasant waters.

We provide wonderful accommodation in the self-catering chalets and tent and caravan stands are also available. The Spa is also ideal for conferences and consists of a conference center and even a restaurant for those not eager to do the dishes.


-Curio Shop
-Bird Watching
-Communal Swimming Pool
-Bed & Breakfast served at Restaurant

* Serving local wines & ostrich cuisine
* Open daily from 09h30 till 16h00
* Day visitors welcome

Private ostrich tours daily:
Duration of ostrich tour: 1 hour

Facilities & Services available:

Children under 12
Disabled (wheelchair friendly)
Honeymoon Couples
Babysitting Service
Laundry Service
Ironing Service
Wedding facilities
Wine Tasting
Bar on the Premises
Curio Shop
Fax & Photocopy Machine
Fireplace on the Premises
Hiking / Walking Trails
Swimming Pool

Rooms and Units Available:

Hoepoe Unit:
Consists of 2 x single beds with ensuite bathroom with shower only. Fully airconditioned, tea/coffee facilities, bar fridge & wall heater.

Emma Unit:
Consists of a Queen size bed with ensuite bathroom with shower & bath. Fully airconditioned, tea/coffee facilities, bar fridge & wall heater.

Ostrich Unit:
Consists of a double bed with ensuite bathroom with shower & bath. Fully airconditioned, tea/coffee facilities, communal kitchenette & lounge with fire place & wall heater.

Latest Reviews

The most wonderfull jewel near Calitzdorp. Can highly recommend it.
Salome Louw Dec 2016


* 32 km from Oudtshoorn enroute to Calitzdorp on the Route 62.

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  • Accommodation Type: Bed & Breakfast, Guest Farm, Guesthouse and Self-Catering
  • Sleeps: 14