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De Denne Country Guesthouse Uplifts Local Communities & Empowers Staff with Renewed Commitment To Eco Friendly & Sustainable Environmental Practices.

Denne Country Guesthouse is a celebrated 4-star country guesthouse just outside Oudtshoorn in the drought-stricken Klein Karoo. The distinguished accommodation provider and celebrated tour facilitator has this week announced that management has taken drastic steps to adhere to sustainable environmental practises.

“Five years ago, we prepared our olive grove with strictly organic feeding and growing systems, which means no chemical treatment of the soil or fertiliser. The trees are treated with only natural pesticides, including Epson salt”, says owner Louise Keller. 

The Guesthouse offers cold pressed olive oil on site produced from their own pesticide-free olive trees. The vegetable garden is 100% organic and does not rely on any foreign chemicals or pesticides that have been proven to harm the environment. A balanced and dynamic mixture of used filter coffee, tea bags, chicken egg shells, organic compost, and banana peels is mixed into the fertile soil, feeding it with rich microbes and the perfect balance of minerals to ensure great-tasting and nutritious organic produce that does not damage the environment. 

“Everything we do is focused on organic! We have removed plastic drinking straws and our take-away containers are now manufactured from bio-degradable materials. Our in-room amenities are produced from natural and locally-sourced Rooibos, which is soft to the touch and not damaging to humans, animals, insects, or the environment as a whole.” – Louise Keller

Further testament to their commitment to eco care, the guesthouse relies on a tried and tested blend of washing powder, baking soda and coarse salt. Instead of vulgar store-bought fabric softener, the guesthouse uses white vinegar as a softener, leaving linen and towels soft, fresh, and fragrant.

“To further minimize our carbon footprint and raise awareness with guests, we answered the Spekboom challenge by planting Spekboom trees all over the property. These low-maintenance oxygen-giving plants also feature outside all the guest rooms and communal spaces.”

Management is committed to uplifting our dedicated team members and implements a comprehensive skills development program to uplift and empower our local communities. Every member of staff (managers, waiters, and kitchen staff) are offered valuable and comprehensive computer literacy training, which includes, Internet, email, basic MS office training, and guest relations. “We are committed to eco tourism and follow our sustainability policies with a fervour next to none. The time for change is now!”, concludes owners, Louise & Johan Keller .


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About De Denne Country Guesthouse

De Denne Country Guesthouse is situated on a working ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn and offers stunning and spacious accommodation, fine local cuisine – including our famous Ostrich Steak! The 4-star graded Country Guesthouse offers a wide variety of exciting activities including Klein Karoo Day Tours of the majestic Swartberg pass, Cango caves, and an unforgettable wine tasting tour, including a lavish variety of Superior suites, Deluxe suites, Garden suites, Family suites and standard rooms styled and equipped to ensure that guests enjoy a care-free stay without neglecting those much needed creature comforts. Guests are encouraged to enjoy a number of fun and entertaining activities from swimming in one of our 2 sparkling pools during summer, kicking off on a variety of day tours or marveling at the Karoo skies with a stargazing picnic on our private restaurant’s stoep. CONTACT: Louise Keller 072 703 0488 

Soul Food & Scenic Bliss

We eat our meals exclusively at De Denne’s Signature restaurant – Ma Belle. Delicious food, amazing scenery and enchanting wines, not to mention, the marvellous new range of cocktails and stunning new menus. Learn more about the herbs and vegetables from De Denne’s own gardens and no visit is complete with the legendary BBQ Ostrich Steak!

De Denne: An Oasis of Tranquility in the Klein Karoo

The sign that you have had a truly remarkable experience is when a tinge of sadness bubbles up when check out time comes around. Leaving De Denne does that, but in a good way. It’s the kind of gem of an experience that words and Instagram photos can’t fully capture, yet you can’t help wanting to share your experience with everyone!

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