With holidays to Oudtshoorn encounter a number of unique experiences you'll find hard to come by elsewhere. The self-appointed 'ostrich capital of the world', Oudtshoorn is a small town on Route 62, packed, unsurprisingly, with ostrich farms - a number of which you can visit. However, meeting the world's largest bird is hardly the only reason to stop-by this unusual destination. The arid, mountainous surrounds are also home to the spectacular Cango Caves.
One of South Africa's most popular attractions, the caves are millions of years old and the limestone formations you'll find inside are fascinating. You can only explore the caves with guided tours, the running commentary of which can hinder the solitude these arching caverns pronounce - although it comes in handy to tell you exactly what you're looking at.
Around 50km outside of Oudtshoorn is another worthy attraction: the Victorian village of Calitzdorp. Possessing a somewhat irresistible charm, relax in this quieter alternative to Oudtshoorn and sample wine at spectacular wine estates. Nearby is the glorious Groenfontein Valley. The roads around these parts can be perilous, so it's advised to drive slowly, although why anyone would want to speed through the magnificent scenery of the valley is anybody's guess.
- Known as the 'ostrich capital of the world', visit numerous ostrich farms
- Take in fascinating limestone formations at the Cango Caves
- Visit the Victorian village of Calitzdorp
- Drive the dirt roads of the magnificent Groenfontein Valley
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Cape Town, Garden Route and Safari Family Self Drive
- Cost For Family of 4
- From $11,040 (Includes international flights from JFK)
- Cape Town, Winelands, Plettenberg Bay, Oudtshoorn, Amakhala Game Reserve
The Best of the Cape Self Drive and Safari Holiday
- Cost Per Person
- From $3,100 (Includes international flights from JFK)
- Cape Town, Winelands, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Amakhala Game Reserve
La Plume Guest House
- Client Score: 4.5
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Situated in the tranquil Olifantsrivier Valley, La Plume is a unique property dating back to 1902 and set on a working ostrich farm. Offering modern comfort and old world charm it's a great base for exploring the area.
Rosenhof Country House
- Client Score: 5
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Set on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn, Rosenhof Country House was originally built in 1852, and since its renovation still retains all of its old world charm, complemented by luxury facilities.
De Zeekoe Guest Farm
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Set on a 2000 hectare working farm, enjoy a stay at this well-equipped property while exploring the beautiful surrounds. Pay a visit to the Cango Caves, walk with meerkats, and dive with crocodiles.