About Us

Our little piece of Heaven on Earth

Our Story

Meet The Family

Between the Garden Route and the Swartberg Mountains lies a historically rich little town, Oudtshoorn. A quiet and peaceful place to raise a family away from the bustling atmosphere of Johannesburg thought Lizanne and Graham Pelham when they decided to spontaneously move down in the summer of 2005. For years they renovated a gorgeous historical Ostrich Palace and made they're perfect little piece of heaven on Earth right in the middle of the Klein Karoo. They poured their hearts and souls into creating this magical oasis, an escape from the busy world, for their family and friends and finally decided to share it with the world in 2016 when they opened Shades of Africa Guesthouse. This Guesthouse is an escape from the everyday life. Filled with the love of family and friends. Embracing the individuality and diversity of what it means to be South African. Showcasing the true shades of our country. A place where we embrace each other open armed. A place where people of different backgrounds and lives can come together under one roof and feel welcome. Shades of Africa Guesthouse is more than just a house it's a home.