Situated in the tranquil village of Vanrhynsdorp, the Van Rhyn Guest House offers traditional West Coast hospitality and service.  An ideal place to spend a few days exploring the surrounding area and discovering the richness and diversity of the West Coast, "Knersvlakte", Hantam Karoo, Namaqualand and its people.

Victorian in style, the house was originally built in 1916 and still retains much of its original character and charm. We, your hosts Ernest and Herbert and our staff, invite you to make yourselves at home and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of our lodgings.  Besides offering warm hospitality and friendly service, our aim is to ensure that your stay will prove to be a memorable one.

The Guest House is fully licensed and therefore able to invite you to try some of the local wines from the Olifants River wine Route.  Breakfast is part of our standard fare & dinner can be arranged by prior arrangement.

Watched over by the majestic Maskam - part of the Matsikamma range - Vanrhynsdorp was founded in 1751 as Trutro (Troe-Troe).  


1881 saw the name changed to the present one in honour of the Van Rhijn family for their invaluable contributions to the community.  

For travellers from the North (Namibia) and North East (Gauteng, Free State, etc) Vanrhynsdorp serves as an ideal entry and stop over point to explore the West Coast.  It is also the gateway to Namaqualand, Hantam Karoo and the Cederberg.  The village is accessed from the N7 (Cape Town - Namibia) or the R27 from Calvinia via the Vanrhyn's Pass through the Bokkeveld Mountains. 

A World of Wonders awaits the tourists here...

* Three Botanical kingdoms converge in the area     with special emphasis on the succulents, a third of the worlds species are to be found here.  A visit to the world renowned Kokkerboom (Quiver tree) Succulent Nursery being a must.  

* Birdwatching, mountain biking, rock climbing and hiking trails are also avialble. 

* Spring time brings the wonder of Spring Flowers, when the countryside erupts into a kaleidoscope of colour as fields of wildflowers bloom following the winter rainfall. 

* Koi and Bushmen rock art

* Stargazing - As a result of the clear smog free air, the southern night sky is aglow with stars not seen in the cities.

* Olifants River Wine Route - home to the most westerly vineyards in South Africa and producing some of the finest wines.



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