The road to Cape Town may be long, very long, but when you find gems to stay at in the Karoo, it makes the road trips so worthwhile to do.

We’ve just got back from our Cape Town trip, and we stayed at the most incredible places on the way down, and on the way back. We like travelling the furthest distance on the first day of the trek, so we chose places about 8 hours away from home and Cape Town.

Desert Dew guesthouse

This place is a gem of a guesthouse! We stayed in a chalet behind the shearing sheds on a working angora and sheep farm. We ate our meals in a dining room overlooking the gorgeous Karoo landscape… and OMW the food was amazing!

I found the guest house on Tripadvisor under Victoria West’s accommodation, but after working out where it was, we went on the N1 to get there. The turnoff to the farm is just before Three Sisters, and the 14km detour off the main road is seriously worthwhile. It was so much nicer staying here, instead of Beaufort West like we’d done before.

The farm is next to a farm with wind turbines, so we naively thought we’d be able to walk there in the afternoon, and realised our folly as we got over the first hill! LOL! Next time, we’ll ask if we can get a tour to the wind turbines.

This was the view just before dinner… which was a lamb hotpot!

We’ll definitely stay there again. Next time though, I’ll make sure my running shoes are in the bag! The road was just perfect for a beautiful early morning run.


The Paddocks at Kuilfontein 

On the way back, we stayed at Kuilfontein. This time, we decided to try The Paddocks, which are self catering chalets on the farm… instead of staying in the guest house. I don’t really like self-catering when I’m on the road though, so thankfully we’d ordered farm meals beforehand… and they were waiting for us when we got there (just needed to be heated up).

I can highly recommend the lamb curry! It was divine!

We loved staying there. It was awesome having more space for our family, compared to the guest house, and the beds were oh so comfortable. The views over the Karoo from the little patio were incredible! Next time we’ll make sure we pack more drinks though, it seemed like a schlep to walk to the little pub in the evening.

We went on a walkabout to stretch our legs in the early evening.

See that open farm gate? The horses had just bolted through there, and no-one closed it… then the mamma cow and her calf below saw the gap and did a runner through the farm. The farm workers were not impressed… and looked at us a little accusingly, but hey, he was the dude that let the horses loose!

It was the perfect ending to our holiday.