Next week sees the start of the much-loved KKNK (Klein Karoo National Arts Festival), which means that thousands of visitors will be flocking to the picturesque little town of Oudtshoorn from 29 March to 5 April, wanting to be entertained and, of course, fed.
Anyone who’s been to the festival can tell you that it’s quite possible to survive happily on that quintessential festival favourite, the roosterkoek, not to mention the multitude of ostrich dishes. If, however, you’ve reached day four of the festivities and need a bit of a break from market food (and the hungry masses), we’ve rounded up some eateries in the area to provide respite – and give you an excuse to see some of the other dorpies off the festival track, too.
A casual restaurant that focuses on local ostrich fan fillet, which is the prime cut, as well as springbok, kudu, warthog, zebra and crocodile (when available).
This is a friendly spot that’s great for a holidaymaker’s lunch. Try the bacon and avo tramezzini, chicken and mayo salad, homemade beef burger and the milk tart for a sweet treat.
Cango Caves Restaurant
Enjoy views of the breathtaking Cango Valley, while munching on all things ostrich. Try the salads or burgers.
Located at the Queen’s Hotel, The Colony serves old-school classics and the customary Oudtshoorn classic, an ostrich fillet. Enjoy the warm atmosphere with an African theme and ostrich prints.
De Oude Meul
Soak up the view of the surrounding mountains and the old windmill. The menu, which specialises in venison dishes, is good for visitors who want to try something different.
Sit in the garden area on a warm night and enjoy delicious boerekos.
Karusa is ideal for wine lovers. Enjoy tastings of the cap classique and Mediterranean-styled wines before a Karoo-style tapas lunch.
Rosenhof Country House
Relax at this country house, which offers traditional country cuisine with a cordon bleu touch and an extensive wine collection.
Savour traditional home-cooked fare while taking in the tranquillity of the beautiful garden and azure pool.
Many species of birds keep you company while Karoo specialities adorn the menu.
The Retreat at Groenfontein
On warm evenings, dinner is served on the terrace of the serene Victorian farmhouse. Expect Karoo lamb dishes and local Cape specialities on the menu.
A modern, Karoo-town restaurant with a menu that changes with the seasons.
Enjoy highlights such as the pork and pear starter; oxtail and lamb curry; and saucy malva pudding.
Hendrys at the Olive Branch
Owner Bokkie Botha plans the menu on a whim, always keeping it hearty and flavourful.
Offering exactly the same menu for over 10 years is almost unheard of, but that is exactly what makes this Prince Albert institution so special.
One of Mossel Bay’s favourite seafood houses, offering specialities like coastal oysters, black mussels and sole.
Bringing the Cuban spirit to Mossel Bay, Café Havana presents a variety of traditional Cuban dishes to the locals and tourists.
A unique seafood experience with ocean and beach views.
Old Townhouse Restaurant
True to its name, the Old Townhouse Restaurant serves honest home cooking with a contemporary flair.
Waterside Grill Restaurant
A modern restaurant that offers great sushi and other heartier mains.