This warm and inviting restored farmhouse (built in 1909) nestles at the foot of the Swartberg Mountains on the world’s first established ostrich farm in the Cape Colony, Rietfontein, which dates from the nineteenth century. The current owners are the 5th generation of Potgieters on Rietfontein. (Ostrich farming was commenced in 1879).

With thick walls, wooden floors and all conveniences, it is set in tranquil and beautiful surroundings between the “Ostrich Capital” (Oudtshoorn) and “Port Capital” (Calitzdorp of the world. A great variety of additional attractions are within easy reach.


At Rietfontein you will find all the comforts of home, with relaxing surroundings to make your stay a perfect pleasure. Rietfontein is a natural habitat for an abundance of bird life so remember to bring your binoculars. Walks can be enjoyed in total safety. Come and enjoy true country hospitality, excellent local cuisine.

The food in the restaurant is fresh from the area and the farm. We grow our own vegetables in the vegetable garden and we serve delicious ostrich fillets. The smoked ostrich salad is also very popular. For those who do not intend to try the ostrich, we can also offer dishes such as beef fillet, fish, lasagne or bobotie. Everyone is welcome. We serve breakfast, light lunches and dinner.


Rietfontein can accommodate 12 people for bed and breakfast. 3 Units (6 rooms) are available in beautifully restored cottages, tastefully furnished, all with en-suite bathrooms. Daily ostrich tours are on offer, lasting for an hour each. These tours are not commercial and bookings are essential. Rietfontein also offers a swimming pool, free Wi-Fi, a laundry service, a beautiful garden for relaxation, bird watching, mountain biking (bring your own bike), walking trails, cheese making, wine tasting and pre-arranged romantic picnics at the “rock window”. Weddings, Conferences, Birthday and Christening celebrations, can also be arranged.

The Potgieter family are looking forward to your visit and will bid you a warm Klein Karoo welcome!




Turn left at the Calitzdorp sign (about 2.3kms from the R62). The name Rietfontein is laid out in white washed stones. Continue further across a causeway and up the hill for 0.9kms. The farmhouse is on the right hand side with a red tile roof.


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Rietfontein Ostrich Farm
Between Calitzdorp and Oudtshoorn
Route 62, Calitzdorp


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Food Served
Light MealsBreakfastGrillsSouth African
Average Price$$
Payment accepted
Trading Hours
Monday - Sunday: 08:00 - 16:00
Open for Dinner but only for reservations
Child Friendly
Outside Catering
Smoking Section
Secure Parking
Outside Seating
Load Shedding
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