Touch a cheetah and dive with a crocodile, ride an ostrich, experience the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (Arts Festival) and the Cango Caves - one of the world’s greatest natural wonders sculpted by nature over millions of years! Welcome to Oudtshoorn.
Oudtshoorn is situated approximately 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 fine feathers were 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 show farms.
A region is almost always defined by its food. Ostrich meat features on almost every menu – organic, healthy and tasty, almost every part of these birds are edible. Ostrich fillet steaks, burgers, sausage and bobotie are popular, healthy and delicious. You will also find a variety of game dishes and dessert fruits such as pomegranates and figs. Roosterkoek (griddle cakes) baked on an open fire, served with a savoury filling or cheese, with a variety of home-made preserves, features strongly on breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.
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