The Grand Dame Of South African Hospitality
It is South Africa’s oldest four star and – impressively – the third oldest of all hotels in the country, after the Oude Werf in Stellenbosch (established 1686) and the Houw Hoek Hotel near Grabouw (built 1779).
Operating uninterrupted since 20 March 1880, the Queen’s Hotel by BON Hotels is – today – an oasis of olde-worlde elegance and modern-day convenience located in the centre of the picturesque semi-arid Klein Karoo (Little Dry Region).
The towns of Oudtshoorn and De Rust are in the Klein Karoo between the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains. Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world. The world’s biggest bird is just one of the many attractions in this area of exceptional contrasts and natural beauty. The region is home to the spectacular Cango Caves, Africa’s largest show cave system; an ecological hotspot where three distinct plant biomes (succulent karoo, cape thicket and fynbos) converge; and the Swartberg mountain range, which is part of the Cape Floral World Heritage Site.