Discover the earliest forms of art and technology
Dive with a crocodile, ride an ostrich, experience the annual Klein Karoo Arts Festival, or explore the Cango Caves, a great natural wonders sculpted by nature over millions of years. Welcome to Oudtshoorn!
Oudtshoorn is situated about 430km from Cape Town and lies between the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains. Offering all the amenities of a regional capital, it retains the charm and heritage of a proudly traditional rural town.
The semi-arid Klein Karoo is perfectly suited for ostrich farming, an industry dating back to the 1800s when the large birds’ fine feathers were highly sought after by fashionistas worldwide. Though the need for feathers has waned, the ostrich still remains one of Oudtshoorn’s most fascinating attractions and can be encountered up close and personal at a number of professional ostrich farms.
A region is often defined by its food. Ostrich meat features on almost every menu here – it is organic, healthy and tasty, and almost every part of the bird is edible. Ostrich fillet steaks, burgers, sausage and bobotie are popular, healthy and delicious.
You will also find a variety of game dishes and fruits such as pomegranates and figs. Don’t leave without trying the traditional roosterkoek (griddle cake), baked on an open fire, served with a savoury filling, cheese or a variety of home-made preserves, that features strongly on most menus here.
- Cango Caves
- Meerkat Adventures