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Oudtshoorn

TraveLibro South Africa Oudtshoorn Featured City
Few cities stand tall through the test of time. Named the ‘ostrich capital of the world’, it is but natural that you stand above the rest. See the magnificence of breeding ostriches at the Highgate Ostrich Show Farm and Safari Show Farm, while learning the rich legacy of the Afrikaans from the natives. You will find yourself wandering in the legendary Cango Caves, experiencing adventure at the Cango Wildlife Ranch and soaking up the authentic Xhoso culture in Ma Betty’s Cultural Village. When you feel the sky is clear, you will also find joy under the Rust-en-Vrede Waterfalls. Get up, close and personal with the ferocious crocodiles by going for the Crocodile Cage Drive and drive through the stunning Swartberg Mountain Pass. Get a tantalising and delicious experience with the Art, Cheese, Chocolate & Liqueur Route and unwind with a game of golf at the lovely town of George. Whatever it is you wish to indulge in, Oudtshoorn has something for everyone.
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TraveLibro South Africa Oudtshoorn Featured City CP Nel Museum

CP Nel Museum

Visit the CP Nel Museum, housed in the former Oudtshoorn Boys' High School building that focuses on the ostrich industry with the main theme being, ‘The Ostrich throughout the Ages’. Get an insight into the ostrich trade and how it played a role in the lives of people here through documents and dioramas that showcase this flightless bird in its cultural, historical and natural history facets. This sandstone building with an impressive clock tower also exhibits local historical items and the cultural history of the Klein Karoo region. See the old-fashioned grocery store, a recreation of an early 20th-century pharmacy, a collection of early transport vehicles, and a firearms collection.

Image Courtesy: Grobler du Preez / Shutterstock.com
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TraveLibro South Africa Oudtshoorn Featured City Crocodile Cage Dive

Crocodile Cage Dive

This one’s not for the faint-hearted, yet exciting; get ready to descend into a cage for some close encounters with the ancient predators, crocodiles. Touted as first of its kind experience in the world, the cages are specially designed for safety. You are given goggles, a snorkel and swimwear, though you can get your own too. Get surrounded by any or all of the five Nile crocodiles housed here in their natural habitat. You can even get pictures clicked underwater of this hair-raising experience. A truly unique and exciting encounter, this one’s a must try.

Image Courtesy: Grobler du Preez / Shutterstock.com
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TraveLibro South Africa Oudtshoorn Featured City Cango Wildlife Ranch

Cango Wildlife Ranch

A visit to this unique destination in the heart of Garden Route and on the outskirts on Oudtshoorn is a must. Well known to house some rare and endangered species of animals, while conserving them via education, the Cango Wildlife Ranch is a treasure trove for wildlife lovers. Take a tour of this amazing sanctuary and see the beautiful cheetahs, pet the cubs, watch the pygmy hippos, white lions, African leopards, Bengal tigers, and many more of your animal friends. Participate in Africa’s first interactive lemur programme that has several fun activities. There’s also a kid zone to keep children entertained and guides are present to offer information.

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TraveLibro South Africa Oudtshoorn Featured City Ostrich Farms

Ostrich Farms

Visit the almost 100-year old Highgate Ostrich Show Farm established by the Hopper family. You can sit or ride (at your own risk) an ostrich, feed one, see the incubators, visit the nest, cuddle the fluffy chicks, and even stand on ostrich eggs to see how strong you are. The highlight though is the ostrich race that is performed by professional jockeys; be a spectator at this interesting derby and cheer on. Learn about the anatomy of the bird on the farmlands and wrap up the tour with a traditional ostrich meal. You can even buy ostrich products from the curio shop.

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TraveLibro South Africa Oudtshoorn Featured City Cango Caves

Cango Caves

Gaze in absolute wonder at nature’s creation over millions of years when you visit the warm confines of the Cango Caves located 30km outside Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape. Apparently discovered in 1780, the caves have fascinating formations stalagmites and stalactites that resemble real-life objects and also historical figures. Look at the Madonna and Child formation, Cleopatra’s Needle, Pulpit of the Cathedral, Leaning Tower of Pisa, to name a few. For the adventurous, there’s the tunnel section at the back where you need to climb a steep ladder and crawl through a narrow hole. One of the world’s great natural wonders, the caves are a must visit.

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TraveLibro South Africa Oudtshoorn Featured City Valley of Ancients

Valley of Ancients

Explore the Valley of Ancients ensconced in the beautiful wilderness and inhabited in ancient times by a tribe who built The Great Temple. Admire the statues of the river god Nyami Nyami that are at the entrance of the ruins of the temple. You see a range of wildlife such as white lions, flying foxes, duikers, red river hogs, and more. Indulge in animal walkabouts, admire the gorges, and walk over the swinging bridges. The highlight though is the Jumping Jaws demonstration, where adult crocodiles jump out of the river for their hand-fed food. Children can have a great time at the water and play park as well.

Image Courtesy: www.cango.co.za
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TraveLibro South Africa Oudtshoorn Featured City Rust en Vrede Waterfall

Rust en Vrede Waterfall

This beautiful waterfall lies amidst scenic beauty on the way to the Cango Caves. Take the path filled with wild flowers walking over little bridges to reach this heaven on earth engraved in the heart of the Swartberg Mountain. This gem of a waterfall runs 365 days a year. This sparkling pool emerges from the spring high up in the mountain and is full of amazing plant and animal life. Swim in the crystal clear waters and enjoy the tranquility of the place. Marvel at the bounty of nature all around you. Set up a camp on the rocks and have a braai or picnic under the trees.

Image Courtesy: roryinsouthafrica.wordpress.com
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TraveLibro South Africa Oudtshoorn Featured City De Zeekoe Guest Farm

De Zeekoe Guest Farm

A perfect getaway for nature lovers, this 2,000 hectares bio-diversified farm dates back to 150 years. On the banks of the Olifants River bed, nestled between the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains is just 7 km outside Oudtshoorn, on the Garden Route. Set amidst lust greenery, this hidden gem with 162 bird species offers a host of activities such as canoeing, fishing, biking self-guided tours, birding, etc. The meerkat tour where you literally interact with the animals is a must. Take in the gorgeous vistas around you while staying in the eco-friendly cottages. There’s something for everyone—the adventure seekers as well as those who want some quiet and peace.

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TraveLibro South Africa Oudtshoorn Featured City Art, Cheese, Chocolate & Liqueur Route

Art, Cheese, Chocolate & Liqueur Route

Lose yourself in this delightful and tantalising labyrinth of taste that is the Art, Cheese, Chocolate & Liqueur Route. Start with Moooi in Jam Street to view the Art Gallery that houses a Gift and Coffee Shop; then head to Tantinki in Langehovern Street to sample some superb goats’ milk cheese with 13 different cheeses in 17 flavours. Next, move to the chocolate boutique, Rococo for traditional Belgian chocolates. There are dark chocolates, flavoured chocolates, filled chocolates, and hand-painted ones too. Finally, head to the vineyards of Sandkoppies, the estate for Grundheim Wines, for some award-winning liqueurs, sweet wines, and ports.

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TraveLibro South Africa Oudtshoorn Featured City Swartberg Mountain Pass

Swartberg Mountain Pass

This stunning mountain pass, which is at an elevation of 1,583 m above sea level, is an untarred road winding with some captivating views around. Regarded as one of the finest passes in the world, it is also the steepest passes in South Africa. While driving through, you will pass a toll hut, relics of an old prison and other historical sites. Get enthralled by the fascinating views over the Little and Great Karoo between Prince Albert in the north and Oudtshoorn in the south. Along with the rich flora and fauna, simply enjoy the breathtaking views and click some pictures for memories.

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TraveLibro South Africa Oudtshoorn Featured City Ma Betty's Xhosa Cultural Village

Ma Betty's Xhosa Cultural Village

Experience the Xhoso culture at Ma Betty’s Cultural Village and take in the culture of South Africa. Explore this village with Ma Betty as your guide who is also a community leader in the Bongolethu Township, also known as a ‘Xhoso priest’. Gorge on traditional dishes, enjoy the traditional song and dance and a storytelling session by a resident sangoma (traditional healer). Enjoy your time here discovering authentic Xhosa life, of which even Nelson Mandela was a part. The tribe has inhabited the country for more than 1500 years.

Image Courtesy: www.portfoliocollection.com
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TraveLibro South Africa Oudtshoorn Featured City Buffelsdrift Game Lodge

Buffelsdrift Game Lodge

Visit this fascinating game lodge set in the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains in the Cango Valley with lush vegetation and pristine bushveld. Get up, close and personal with the cute baby elephants and walk alongside them in this spectacular setting with the Swartberg Mountains as the backdrop. Get playful with the majestic animal when it wraps its huge trunk around you. There’s other wildlife too—cape buffalo, giraffe, hippo, and more than 200 bird species. Enjoy the lovely cuisine at the restaurant and if you’re lucky you may even catch a glimpse of the game species.

Image Courtesy: Shine 2010 via Flickr
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TraveLibro South Africa Oudtshoorn Featured City Gamkaberg Nature Reserve

Gamkaberg Nature Reserve

The Gamkaberg Nature Reserve covering almost the entire mountain range was established in 1974 to protect a population of the endangered Cape Mountain zebra and their natural environment. The Cape lion too roamed free in this beautiful expanse once. Explore this rugged and mountainous terrain, trek up to the Tierkloof ravine, go bird-watching, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and even ride a donkey. For an adrenaline fix, you can go mountain biking through the 30 km overnight trail, which is a highlight.

Image Courtesy: Winfried Bruenken (Amrum) via Wikimedia Commons
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TraveLibro South Africa Oudtshoorn Featured City Charming town of George

Charming town of George

Drive up the charming town of George, the starting point to the very scenic and picture-perfect Garden Route. A perfect year round holiday destination, this quaint and sleepy agricultural town, situated on the foothills of the Outeniqua mountain range is a must visit. Strike a game of golf, for which the town is popular, with three of the country’s best golf courses here. You can even go mountain biking and hiking in the picturesque surroundings. Go swimming in any of the great beaches around here.

Image Courtesy: Grobler du Preez / Shutterstock.com
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