Oudtshoorn (also known as the “ostrich capital of the world“), is situated in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Located on the famous Route 62 and situated between the Swartberg Mountains and the Outeniqua Mountains, it forms part of the longest wine route in the world.
The town is centrally located for travellers, as it is approximately halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizaberth, as well as close to beautiful places like: George, Knysna, Wilderness and Calitzdorp. Furthermore it forms part of the Cape Garden Route, which includes the following towns: Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Mossel Bay, Great Brak River, Little Brak River, Wilderness, Sedgefield and Nature’s Valley; with George, the Garden Route’s largest city, as well as Albertinia, Riversdale, Heidelberg, Ladismith, Calitzdorp, Oudtshoorn, De Rust and Uniondale. Taking a road trip up or down the Garden Route is something every Capetonian must do and travelers from around the world will find interesting.
When planning your holiday or vacation to Oudtshoorn, there is a few fabulous things you must include in your itinerary.
Start your visit to Oudtshoorn by appreciating the beautiful architecture of the town and visiting popular museums. But first you need breakfast or maybe a late brunch. Try the local cuisine with true authentic Karoo dishes.
No visit to Oudtshoorn will be complete without a visit to a working Ostrich Farm. These farms offer tours, nice cafés, curio shops where you can buy real ostrich feather or leather products and just a real nice family outing for the morning or afternoon.
From the Ostrich Farm, make your way to the Cango Caves (South Africa’s largest show caves). Right from the start the very impressive ‘Van Zyl Hall’ will make a huge impression already. There are two options and you can decide how far you are prepared to explore into the cave. If you’re a little bit nervous in small spaces, you can do the first half with ease while the rest of the ‘brave ones’ continue deeper into the cave. But it is beautiful and most definitely worth a visit. In my opinion this is actually a “must-see” stop in Oudtshoorn.
The Cango Caves Estate is approx. Approx. 1 km from the Cango Caves. Here you can book a wonderful zipline experience. Thereafter enjoy a wood fired pizza or participate in the pairing of local wines with Ostrich products. (This is also a nice place to wind down after a busy day of sight-seeing.)
This venue has a lot on offer for the whole family. To mention only a few:
Amazonia Rainforest – Visit the aviary filled with rainbow colored lorikeets! You also get the chance to purchase nectar and feed them while they sit on your shoulders and head.
Cheetah Land – From the treetop lookout you can view cheetahs, lions, the breathtakingly beautiful African leopard and the awesome white Bengal tiger.
Lemur Falls – Lemurs are one of the most fascinating animals to watch. Visit the replica Madagascan forest with whistling ducks and set against the backdrop to the indigenous Betselio Village.
See dazzling real life flamingos with their pink plumage and Pygmy Hippos enjoying the water. The Ranch offers loads of activities that both young and old will enjoy.
The Swartberg Circle Route is a scenic drive that takes you from Oudtshoorn or Calitzdorp over the Swartberg Pass and through Meiringspoort to the towns of De Rust, Klaarstroom, and Prince Albert.
A good tip is to stop at the local Tourist Office in town and they will also point you in the direction of current events. Or you can email them should you need more information before your road trip.
(Address: 80 Voortrekker Street, Oudtshoorn, Western Cape, 6625)
We recommend exploring this hidden and ‘secret’ Waterfall in a group of friends and family. (Take your swimming gear.)
There are lovely places to stay in Oudtshoorn. Below as part of the “Where to stay” paragraph, we list the most popular places in Oudtshoorn as rated by real guests.
The ‘Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees’ (Klein Karoo National Arts Festival) is an Afrikaans language and art festival that takes place every year in Oudtshoorn. This festival of music, theatre and so much more is a huge favorite in the Western Cape. During this time the town is crazy-busy with people from all over the world. It will be well worth your while to book accommodation well in advance.
The festival includes both the visual and the performing arts and is officially recognized by the South African government as a national arts festival. Top artists and productions all in one: Each year during March and April. For more information visit their website at: KKNK
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