Oudtshoorn, also known as the ostrich capital is the largest town in the Klein Karoo. The picturesque town has been left with a legacy of beautiful architecture, remnants from the economic booms which the area experienced when the fashion industry demanded the finest ostrish feathers.
The economy now relies on agriculture and tourism with major attractions, annual events and the famous ostrich the pivotal attraction.
All within 30km of the town there are several interesting attractions, including the world-famous Cango Caves, the world's leading show cave where you are able to undertake daily tours.
Visit the historical village of De Rust which lies at the foot of the mighty Swartberg mountain range. The beautiful tree-lined main road of De Rust boasts stunning 19th-century cottages and homes which have been lovingly restored.
The Swartberg Pass offers an incredible scenic drive with majestic mountain views on route to the town of Prince Albert. The famous pass was built by the famous road engineer Thomas Bain.
Another scenic route via Meiringspoort offers brilliant photographic opportunities through this mountainous sandstone portal.
The KKNK (Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees) is the largest Afrikaans language arts festival in the country and plays centre stage to all annual cultural activities in Oudtshoorn. The masses descend upon the Klein Karoo capital for 5 days of cultural activity around Easter to celebrate this unique language by way of music, poetry, art and more.
Ostriches remain a focal point of interest in Oudtshoorn and although feathers are no longer in great demand, there is a healthy leather and meat industry which has grown from the giant bird. Several Ostrich show farms can be visited where one is able to ride ostriches and learn more of these great birds.
Visits to wildlife farms are a must. Wildlife conservation is taken seriously in Oudtshoorn and several wildlife farms are open to the public to raise awareness around conserving many of our local species.
Prepare to spend time in Oudtshoorn as a day trip is simply not enough. So much to see and so much to do.