Wanderer Tours and Travel

Be Curious, Explore, Go Places

Call Us

+27 81 729 2243

Whatsapp Us

+27 79 773 5985

Email us

bookings@wanderer.capetown

Wanderer Tours and Travel

Be Curious, Explore, Go Places

Outshoorn

click image to expand

Oudtshoorn, the capital of South Africa’s Klein Karoo, boasts a rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural wonders. Framed by the majestic Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains, this charming town offers a dramatic backdrop for exploration. Beyond its picturesque setting, Oudtshoorn’s unique appeal lies in its fascinating past as the “ostrich capital of the world,” its vibrant Afrikaans arts scene, and the mesmerizing Cango Caves, one of the country’s oldest tourist attractions. Buckle up, because we’re about to delve into five captivating reasons why Oudtshoorn should be on your South African itinerary.

More about Outshoorn

  1. Ostrich Capital of the World: Outshoorn is often referred to as the “Ostrich Capital of the World” due to its thriving ostrich farming industry. The town became famous in the late 19th century for its ostrich feather trade, which boomed during the Victorian era. Today, visitors can learn about the history of ostrich farming and even interact with these magnificent birds at various ostrich farms and attractions in the area.

  2. Cango Caves: Just a short drive from Outshoorn lies the renowned Cango Caves, a series of spectacular limestone caverns that stretch for over four kilometers. These ancient caves are adorned with stunning stalactites and stalagmites, creating a mesmerizing underground world that attracts thousands of visitors each year. Guided tours allow visitors to explore different chambers of the caves, including the vast Cathedral Chamber and the narrow Devil’s Chimney.

  3. Swartberg Pass: Outshoorn serves as the gateway to the Swartberg Mountain Range, home to the historic Swartberg Pass. This scenic mountain pass is a marvel of engineering and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape as it winds its way through rugged terrain and dramatic rock formations. The pass is a popular route for adventurous travelers and provides access to hiking trails, mountain biking routes, and camping spots in the Swartberg Nature Reserve.

  4. Karoo Culture: Outshoorn is steeped in Karoo culture, with a rich heritage that reflects the traditions and lifestyles of the region’s diverse inhabitants. Visitors can explore local museums, art galleries, and heritage sites to learn about the history of the town and its people, including the indigenous Khoisan communities, early European settlers, and the descendants of the Cape Malay slaves.

  5. Oudtshoorn Festivals: Throughout the year, Outshoorn hosts a variety of festivals and events that celebrate its culture, heritage, and natural beauty. From the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK), which showcases the best of South African arts and culture, to the annual Ostrich Festival, where visitors can enjoy ostrich races, traditional food, and live entertainment, there’s always something exciting happening in Outshoorn.

  6.  
×

Cape Town looks forward to seeing you...

Click the photo below to speak to us on whatsapp

× Speak to us on WhatsApp