Rietfontein Ostrich Palace/Restaurant

Rietfontein Ostrich Palace (Bed and Breakfast)

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).

This warm and inviting restored farmhouse nestles at the foot of the Swartberg Mountain on the world’s first established ostrich farm in the Cape Colony, Rietfontein, which dates from the nineteenth century. (Ostrich farming was commenced in 1879). Also situated between the “Ostrich Capital” (Oudtshoorn) and “Port Capital” (Calitzdorp).

At Rietfontein you will find all the comforts of home, with relaxing surroundings to make your stay a perfect pleasure. Come and enjoy true Klein Karoo, country hospitality, excellent local cuisine, with friendly ostriches and employees on your doorstep.


3 Units (6 rooms) are available in beautifully restored cottages, tastefully furnished, all with en-suite bathrooms.


Enjoy a scrumptious meal at our restaurant, situated in the old barn. Lunch and dinner is also available. Open daily to the public from 09h30 – 16h00.

Situated on the R62, between Oudtshoorn and Calitzdorp.

Kobus & Elmarie Potgieter

Tel: +27(0)44 213 3784

Fax: 086 613 5022

Cell: 082 971 847

Category: Bed and Breakfast

Grading: 4 Star