Oudtshoorn (The ostrich capital of the world) is an adventure, culture and environment destination in the Klein Karoo – the unique semi-arid landscape that lies between the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountain ranges.
Oudtshoorn is the largest town in the Little Karoo region. The town’s economy is primarily reliant on the ostrich farming and tourism industries.
Oudtshoorn is home to the world’s largest ostrich population, with a number of specialized ostrich breeding farms.
Oudtshoorn is the start of the Route 62 wine route. Some of the best South African Port style wines are produced in the area surrounding Oudsthoorn.
Tourist attractions in Oudtshoorn and the surrounding areas include:
*The Little Karoo National Arts Festival, better known as the KKNK, is South Africa’s largest Afrikaans language arts festival, and takes place in the town on a yearly basis.
*Dig deep into Xhosa culture at Ma Betty’s Xhosa Cultural Experience
*Cango Caves. The principal cave is one of the country’s finest, best known, and most popular tourist caves and attracts many visitors from overseas. There is a “Standard Tour” which takes an hour and an “Adventure Tour” which takes an hour and a half.
*Cango Wildlife Ranch, 3 kilometres north of the town
*Highgate Ostrich Show Farm & Safari Ostrich Farm. These large farms specialize in the breeding of ostriches and are open to visitors.
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