Having driven 5 hours to get to Mooiplaas in 40 degree heat, we longed to dive into the pool to unwind....but we found we were not housed in the main Guest House, but in the annex, down the road. Swimming costume on.....but the pool was quite disgustingly dirty, it was completely cloudy, you could not see the bottom and on climbing onto the steps, it was thick green slime, no way could anyone swim in this pool. It hadn't been cleaned for a long time. To dine at night, one had to walk back down the lane to the main building, and this in great anticipation, to have dinner on the ostrich farm. Tables were laid on the verandah of the main building outside some of the bedrooms, and unfortunately we were positioned outside the room of some very rowdy German children, who persisted in playing football and other games on the grass area beside our dining table, you could not eat in peace. Neither the parents nor the staff did anything to stop this. Having had a long journey, we then walked back to the annex to go to bed. On turning down the bed covers we found strange bugs crawling in the bedding, size of small beetles, we tried to kill them, but their hard shells would not break!! Not knowing if these were bed bugs, we decided to strip the whole bed of all bedding, and found many other bugs. As it was late at night and no staff were in the building, we decided to move the bed and to our horror the whole carpet area under the bed was alive with bugs of several different sorts. We killed them all with spray. Next morning we confronted the owner with the problems of the pool and the bugs, and she explained that the pool cleaner was needed at their house for a plumbing problem that day, but she was appalled at the bugs, and offered us a free dinner for the night before. In the beroom is a book of comments from previous guests, and some had similar experiences to ourselves.
The gentleman giving the ostrich tour was excellent, very interesting and good fun.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mooiplaas Guesthouse is situated 10 km outside Oudtshoorn with magnificent views over the Swartberg Mountains. We do Farms tours that will give you more information about the Ostriches and the history of the Farm and Keller Family. We do serve dinner, real South African cuisine on the open fire with true Klein Karoo hospitality. ... more less
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