Known as the ostrich capital of the world, Oudtshoorn is brimming with these magnificent creatures. Yet, this town has a lot more to offer than just hordes of over-sized birds, it also has some spectacular scenery thanks to the Swartberg mountain range and the patchwork fields that surround them. The fertile lands of the valley in which Oudtshoorn, the principal town of the Klein Karoo, is located give forth a variety of crops in abundance, including grapes, which are then transformed into some of the finest wine in the whole of South Africa. This town is also in the enviable position of having almost 365 days of sunshine a year, the most in the whole country.Read More
One of the most popular attractions of Oudtshoorn is, without a doubt, the Cango Caves. Visitors can opt for either the Heritage Tour, which is a little less physically demanding, or the Adventure Tour, a bit more of a challenge for those seeking an adrenaline boost. Squeeze through narrow gaps and explore the incredible stalactites within as your guide fills you in on the natural history and geological composition of the caves.
Other common activities that travellers to the region undertake are the breathtaking, yet mildly terrifying, drive along the Swartberg pass, which offers up some of the most incredible vistas known to man, and visiting an ostrich farm. At Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, visitors can learn all about these flightless birds and have a go feeding one by hand. If you don't get too attached to them during your trip you might even want to try a succulent ostrich steak or burger at one of Oudtshoorn's many gourmet restaurants.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Oudtshoorn
If you are planning a Oudtshoorn holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
De Opstal Country Lodge Oudtshoorn
Dating back to 1830, De Opstal Country Lodge is a beautiful farmhouse with stables and a milking parlour. All the buildings in the complex have been creatively converted into modern, quaint en suite bedrooms with the retention of an atmosphere of rustic charm. A hearty breakfast is served every day and the restaurant can also cater for dinner - including locally sourced Ostrich. Why not opt for a splash in the outdoor pool before drinks in the bar - a great way to start the evening. This lodge is well located in the picturesque Schoemanshoek Valley just outside Outdshoorn.
De Zeekoe Guest Farm Oudtshoorn
De Zeekoe is a stylish and comfortable farm set in 2,000 hectares. The rooms are large and elegantly decorated, ranging from superior suites with outdoor showers to rustic waterfront cabins. The restaurant serves up traditional food with a Karoo twist and dishes include venison, ostrich and a range of vegetarian options. Much of their produce is home grown and organic, meaning that the food is always fresh and the taste is always sublime. De Zeekoe is 7 km from Oudtshoorn opposite Safari Ostrich Farm.
The Pearl of Oudtshoorn Oudtshoorn
A hidden gem in Oudtshoorn, the Pearl of Oudtshoorn is a modern hotel with excellent facilities. Guest rooms are well appointed and all look out across the pool. Guests can dine at the sumptuous Garden Buffet and Grill or in the evening experience an authentic Boma dinner under the African sky. Guests can even try some ostrich while they are here. This delicious meat is locally sourced and is what the town is famous for. The Pearl of Oudtshoorn is situated in the heart of Oudtshoorn on the main Baron Van Reede Street.
The Thorntree Country House Oudtshoorn
The homestead and outbuildings date back to the 1800s and reflect the typical Klein Karoo architectural style. The rooms are luxurious and spacious, offering up an incredibly high level of luxury. The dazzling pool sits outside and commands staggering views of the surrounding valley and mountains. The Country House is situated on the route to the Cango Caves, the Swartberg Pass and the circle route to Prince Albert via Meiringspoort.
Oudtshoorn Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Oudtshoorn.