In the heart of the Klein Karoo lies Oudtshoorn, once the ostrich capital of the world and today an exceptional destination with many natural attractions. The area is home to the Cango Caves, the largest show cave system in Africa, and part of the Cape Floral World Heritage Site.
Situated in the heart of the “Klein Karoo”, Oudtshoorn is a lovely town that makes for a popular stop, especially along the scenic drive between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Surrounded by the majestic Swartberg Mountains, the bordering landscape is made up of a patchwork of farms and forests that receive more than 300 days of sunshine each year. The area is also part of the Cape Floral World Heritage Site, with stunning displays of fynbos and other local flowers.
Explore this "ostrich capital of the world" and its several farms that offer tours, shows, and family-friendly activities.
Visit the Cango Caves, South Africa's largest on show cave system.
Embark on a scenic day trip through the Swartberg Pass and Meiringspoort.
Stop by the CP Nel Museum, a history buff’s dream with endless stories and artefacts to fascinate and entertain.
Enjoy quad biking or horse riding and learn how to abseil or even go caving.
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Best time to go to Oudtshoorn
This mountain-flanked setting with its incredible local cave network and brilliant adventure opportunities has perfect year-round weather. However, the best time to go is during the warmer months from November to February, when you can indulge in the summer sun and visit the nearby farms. This is when you will experience the most pleasant daytime temperatures and very limited rainfall.
Featured Oudtshoorn stays
AfriCamps Klein Karoo
Boutique glamping tents on a working ostrich farm in the magnificent Karoo