Advantages of Self-Catering Versus B&B Accommodation in Graaff-Reinet

Almost wherever one travels nowadays, the Karoo town of Graaff-Reinet included, one has a variety of accommodation choices, such as a B&B, guesthouse, lodge, hotel or boutique hotel, room, or short-term apartment. It is all on offer in most places at which you stop over or wish to visit – the type of accommodation you want, or whichever is within your means.

South Africa’s hospitality industry offers a great deal more variety today than was once the case. A couple of generations ago, irrespective of the destination where you booked your accommodation, your only option was a traditional hotel. In large urban centres, one could find a number of hotels from which to choose, whilst in more rural and smaller villages, as well as dorpies and towns, there would seldom be more than one hotel, which was your sole and only accommodation option.


Graaff-Reinet’s Friendly, Welcoming Karoo Hospitality

The situation might have occurred in which it was just too bad if the establishment was not to your liking. Take it or leave it – that may possibly have been your only choice, though it is unlikely that poor accommodation was ever prevalent in yesteryear’s Graaff-Reinet. This historical Karoo region and town has always been known for its typically South African, warm welcome extended to all visitors, and the genuine, generous hospitality of its sincere, friendly residents.


Self-Catering Accommodation

At our guesthouse in Graaff-Reinet, KarooRus, we have found that most of our guests prefer to self-cater privately, rather than opting for B&B accommodation, with a room and breakfast in the host’s home. Our seven, luxuriously appointed accommodation units, each with a private entrance, feature modern, fully equipped kitchenettes, complete with a dining table and chairs.

Guests have everything at hand to prepare breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Supplies are available from a national supermarket outlet within easy walking distance from KarooRus, as are various restaurants and coffee shops for those who prefer eating out.

Self-catering at KarooRus, instead of B&B accommodation elsewhere, allows visitors, who stay over for a while to experience Graaff-Reinet’s unique attractions, the freedom to eat, rest, explore, and come and go as they please. Self-catering is ideal for these folks, as well as travellers who are just stopping for a night and are in a hurry to continue their journey thereafter, without having to wait for breakfast to be served in a traditional B&B.

At KarooRus, we have taken note of aspects of accommodation that set our establishment’s benchmark standards, the must-haves of most visitors to Graaff-Reinet and elsewhere. These include:

  • Cleanliness and high-standards of hygiene in guest accommodation units and everything within KarooRus. Units are meticulously serviced by friendly, honest housekeeping personnel.
  • Well-furnished, spacious, luxurious accommodation with comfy beds, air conditioning, and comprehensively equipped kitchenettes.
  • Private en suite bathroom facilities, in-room flat screen TV with DStv, complimentary Wi-Fi.
  • Unit sizes and facilities to suit all guests, including accommodation for wheelchair visitors and those travelling with pets.
  • Safe, secure vehicle parking on KarooRus premises.


We are equally proud and pleased to report that guests who selected KarooRus’ self-catering accommodation, as an alternative to B&B facilities, have been delighted to enjoy and appreciate our fine and luxurious yet exceptionally affordable accommodation while visiting our charming town, Graaff-Reinet, a jewel in the crown of the iconic Karoo. Many look forward to another visit, and we look forward to welcoming them to KarooRus and Graaff-Reinet.

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