Over the long weekend we stayed over at the Karoo 1 Hotel in Touwsrivier, and we thoroughly enjoyed it.  It was definitely a magical experience.

Situated on a farm, the resort is a dream for kids, and of course this means some well deserved resting time for the parents.

The resort has everything! 

Kids entertainment – A gaming room with a foosball table, pool table, and a table tennis table.  They also provided the kids with a movie evening, where the kids can be entertained for a few hours and parents can sit back a relax in the restaurant or bar area.

Games Room

A fully serviced restaurant and bar, as well as a separate breakfast restaurant that allows you to have their breakfast outside and basks in the warm morning sun.

Their food is delicious!! No really, it is really good!

The restaurant caters for all.  Kiddies have a menu that includes all the basics your kids will love, and parents are also spoilt for choice for some appetising dishes.

Breakfast includes a buffet bar that includes porridge, coffees and toast.  All warm breakfast is for your account.  You will thoroughly enjoy their ‘plaas brekkies’ on offer.

A fully stocked bar, with full Dstv, so the dads and sport lovers won’t miss their favourite team play.

They also have a really cool fire pit that is burning by 7pm every evening, and on the days when the wind decides to go take a rest, sitting at the fire pit and staring into the sky with a full moon, is something really special.


The resort has a lot to offer for the kids.  Horses, sheep and pigs roam around, and animal loving kids can go up close and parents can take those special moment photos.

Hiking – there are a few hiking trail, nothing too serious for beginners, that the whole family can enjoy.  We did a morning 6km (2 hours) hike that gave you views of the farm and surrounding environment that is something special.  Our hike gave a picturesque view of the Matroosberg Mountains – it is, really something special.

If you enjoy short walks or full-day hikes, exploring the farm surrounds is one of the most incredible experiences with waterways, kloofs and 360 degree mountainous terrain views. Safe family hiking at your doorstep.

The resort also has an amazing rock pool, less than 2 km away from the accommodation.  The hike down towards the pool is refreshing, and long enough to get a good dose of fresh farm air.  The views at the rick pool as also something special.

Kids can take their bicycles, as the resort offers fun trails for them, and they can also use them to get to the games room in record time.

A swimming pool and gym is also available at the resort.


There are various accommodation options.  We stayed in the 1 bedroom family room that sleeps 4, with a king side bed, and a sleeper couch.  Of course, the kids opted for the king side bed, and I had no option but to retire on the sleeper couch which was really comfortable!

The highlight of the room is the indoor ceramic fireplace which warms up the room in record time, especially as the evenings can get quite cold.  Reminder to take with you blitz and a lighter, as the wood is filled up daily for you!

Mornings are fresh, but also very chilly, so pack in those winter clothes – we forgot our beanies…

Daily room cleaning services are offered,  and they provide clean linen and towels everyday.

There are very few things I would change that would have improved our experience, I must commend the management for their friendly and helpful staff during our stay.  If I had to suggest something, maybe clearer markings for hiking trails and MTB Trails.

A family holiday, with entertainment for the whole family, only 2 hours away from Paarl, at a reasonable cost, is definitely worth the visit.

You can visit them here: https://www.karoo1.com/

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