Oudtshoorn: The Ultimate Destination
Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world. Here ostriches are found in great numbers and the
region produces the best feathers, leather products and ostrich meat world wide. But the world's
biggest bird is just one of the many attractions in this area of interesting contrasts.
Visit Oudtshoorn West Cape and see all these great animals live! Book your
accommodation now and treat
your family and loved one's to an adventure of a lifetime that is truly amazing!
This small, safe town is the commercial hub of the greater Klein Karoo region (encompassing
De Rust and
and is situated in a beautiful valley between the Outeniqua- and
This unique position ( being surrounded by mountains) means that every
road into Oudtshoorn follows a dramatically picturesque pass or “poort”
(portal) and all these present
travellers – whether they’re entering the region from Port Elizabeth, the Garden Route, Cape
Town or the hinterland – with magnificent scenic drives through unspoilt areas of great natural
ostrich show farms offer entertaining daily tours and demonstrations during which one learns
about the history and use of these unique birds, about their life cycle and about how they are
farmed. Curio shops on the farms and in Oudtshoorn specialise in the finest ostrich leather, ostrich
meat and ostrich feather products.
A number of imposing sandstone “ostrich palaces” and public buildings have survived in and around
Oudtshoorn, bearing witness to the opulence of the “ostrich feather boom” early in the twentieth
century. The rich culture of Oudtshoorn is reflected in its museums and national monuments – there
CP Nel museum with its collection of
musical instruments, antique shopping mall, feather fashions
and vintage vehicles. It is the only secular museum in the world containing a complete Jewish
Synagogue. The museum traces the story of the “ostrich feather boom” that made instant millionaires
of the ostrich farmers in the early 1900’s.
Le Roux Townhouse Museum and
“Arbeidsgenot”, home of the Afrikaans lawyer and author of
part of our National Anthem, CJ Langenhoven, provide interesting and authentic glimpses of life as it
was once lived here in the Klein Karoo. Many of the older buildings in Oudtshoorn showcase fine examples
of traditional “Karoo” and Victorian architecture. There is also the unique suspension bridge
originally made in England and suspended over the Grobbelaar’s river.
In Oudtshoorn visitors can also do a township tour that takes them on the
post box route (with pottery
post boxes made by previously unemployed women – each post box an individual work of art),
visit the taverns in Bongolethu and have a traditional meal at
Ma Bettie’s Xhosa complex while enjoying
traditional dancing. Several crafters are visited during the tour and visitors can purchase goods
directly from them. There is also a wonderful development project at Chandelier game farm and Hazel’s
Homestays offers tourists the opportunity to sleep over in the township.
Every year, in April, approximately 80 000 people stream into Oudtshoorn to enjoy a week of South
African cuisine, culture, art, drama and music during the
Klein Karoo National Arts Festival. They come for the local
craft markets and art galleries and to see and hear the
best local and international acts in more than 50 venues.
The KKNK (Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees) is a mindblowing
experience. Visitors can also experience a unique
ostrich cabaret on an ostrich farm, learn about how one of
the pioneers in the region arrived and settled here during
the Pioneer Experience performance and visit local artists
in their studios by appointment.
Cango Caves are the oldest and one of the most popular attractions
in our region. It is also one of the great natural wonders
of the world. Several systems of spectacular limestone caverns
have been discovered. All are filled with a wonderland of stalactites,
stalagmites and helictites (limestone formations that grow in
unusual directions). Different tour options are available:The standard
tour is an enchanting hour long journey through the first six
chambers and the 90 minute adventure tour which follows a 1 200
metre route through the mountain is only recommended for the
physically fit. A wheelchair-friendly museum, interpretation centre and restaurant welcome visitors
and all tours are accompanied by top-rated guides.
The Oudtshoorn region’s outdoor attractions include hiking trails, mountain biking, caving, abseiling,
rock climbing, quad biking, hot air ballooning, microlight flights, eco tours, visiting the Meerkat colony,
going to Hell (the Gamkaskloof), travelling on a donkey cart, driving across a historical pass,
birding and taking part in a large number of sports activities on the excellent facilities in the Klein
Karoo. Four by four enthusiasts relish the rugged terrain of the many 4 X 4 routes in the region.
Oudtshoorn now also offers unique bush safaris and game viewing experiences in the heart of the
Klein Karoo as we have a couple of very upmarket game lodges situated just outside Oudtshoorn on
the R328 and the N12. The Oudtshoorn region is a very unique ecological hotspot where three distinct
plant biomes meet. The Swartberg Mountain is South Africa’s most recent world heritage site. In addition
to all this Oudtshoorn is a year round holiday destination as the Klein Karoo climate provides
sunny weather for approximately 330 days of the year.
The Klein Karoo is a fine wine-producing region, with a variety of cultivars growing abundantly in the
area. Oudtshoorn and the Klein Karoo Wine Route form part of Route 62 (the unique alternative entrance
route to the region) and the world’s longest wine route. Visit seventeen local wineries for tasting
and buying award winning wines ports and sherries. For the brave the locally distilled “witblits” is
just what is needed.
Families with children are welcome – various activities in and around Oudtshoorn make it an ideal
holiday destination for families. Take a hilariously entertaining camel ride at a holiday farm, which
also offers bumper boats and a touch farm – or visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch for an opportunity to
touch a cheetah, to see rare white Bengal tigers and wild dogs, to cage dive with crocodiles and for
an enthusiastic insight into the breeding and conservation of many other species of wild animals.
No visit to the Klein Karoo would be complete without dining on its favourite delicacy – delicious,
healthy, low-cholestrol ostrich meat in all its interesting forms. A number of top class local
a wide selection of ostrich dishes.
Oudtshoorn lies within easy distance of all the attractions of the Garden Route and the town can be
conveniently used as a base to experience the Klein Karoo region and do day trips to the Garden
Route. Its quiet, rural atmosphere provides an excellent distraction-free environment for conferences,
business meetings and sports meets as it contains a good selection of excellent
conference venues and
sports facilities and most of the activities are suitable for incentives as well as team
The Oudtshoorn region offers
accommodation facilities that cater for all accommodation
needs and several unique wedding venues.
The people of Oudtshoorn enjoy meeting visitors and go out of their way to make everyone feel welcome.
Oudtshoorn visitors have an experience that makes them want to return again and again. So,
COME FOR THE SUN !