Oudtshoorn Holiday Guide


Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world. Here ostriches are found in great numbers and the region produces the best feathers, leather products and ostrich meat world wide. But the world’s biggest bird is just one of the many attractions in this area of interesting contrasts.
This small, safe town is the commercial hub and principal town of the greater Klein Karoo region (encompassing Prince Albert, De Rust and Calitzdorp).
You will be welcomed with hospitality which has become synonymous with the people of the Klein Karoo. The Klein Karoo is an oasis-like setting in a fertile valley cupped by the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountain ranges, and originated as a settlement along the Grobbelaars Rivers which meanders southwards from the Swartberg, providing fertile soil and water for irrigation. Crops such as lucerne, tobacco, fruit, grapes and grains grow here in abundance.

Outdshoorn is a town with the most sunny days per year in the whole country, 365 sunshine days, 4 summers and sunny, dry winters await the visitor to the Klein Karoo. Shielded from the coastal belt by the mountain ranges the Klein Karoo also enjoys many windless days.
One of South Africa’s eight wine regions, the Klein Karoo is large in area but small in production and these wines are classed with the best in the South African Context. Visit numerous estates on the Klein Karoo Wine Route from Montagu in the West to Meiringspoort in the East.

First class hotels, lodges, inns and guesthouses await the visitor. Enjoy the relaxed, friendly, hospitable atmosphere offered in town or at various surrounding farms.

Experience the joy of life in the country and breathe in the healthy, unpolluted air. Taste the art of the fine local wines and dine on the excellent cuisine of restaurateurs from a five course meal which could include Ostrich, to a delightful lighter meal, all exquisitely available to satisfy every taste

The Location of Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn is situated in the Klein Karoo on the edge of the Garden Route, between the Outeniqua and Swartberg Mountain Passes. Oudtshoorn is also a wonderful exciting halfway stopover when traveling between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, with the coastal town of George about 56 km’s away. Oudtshoorn is spread along both banks of the Grobbelaars River, a tributary of the Elephant’s River, and its fertile valleys are encompassed by the Swartberg Mountains to the north and the Outeniqua Mountains to the south.
Oudtshoorn’s unique position (being surrounded by mountains) means that every road into Oudtshoorn follows a dramatically picturesque pass or “poort” (portal) and all these present travellers – whether they’re entering the region from Port Elizabeth, the Garden Route, Cape Town or the hinterland – with magnificent scenic drives through unspoilt areas of great natural beauty.
The Oudtshoorn Vibe

Enjoy the relaxed, friendly, hospitable atmosphere offered in town or or at the various surrounding farms. Experience the joy of life in the country!

Oudtshoorn – Amenities

With over 330 sunshine days a year, Oudtshoorn is a great place for Outdoor activities. Surrounded by mountain ranges and blessed with a rich variety of bird and plant life the Klein Karoo reveals it’s beauty to those who get out and make the effort to explore. From world famous attractions like the Cango Caves to the perhaps not so famous artists of Oudtshoorn, there is plenty to attract the interested traveller.
Places to see in (or near) Oudtshoorn

  • Various Ostrich Show Farms
  • Crocodile Farm
  • Cango Caves
  • Klein Karoo Wine Route
  • Rust & Vrede Waterfall
  • Cango Wildlife Ranch
  • Ma Bettie’s Xhoza Complex
  • Art, Cheese, Chocolate & Liqueur Route
  • Art Karoo
  • CP Nel Museum
  • Le Roux Townhouse Museum
  • Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (in April)
  • Anysberg Nature Reserve
  • Route 62
  • Swartberg Nature Reserve

Oudtshoorn Activities

  • Mountain biking
  • Hikes and trails
  • Golf
  • Ostrich farm safaris
  • Wine tasting
  • Chocolate tasting
  • Horse riding
  • Ostrich rides
  • Camel rides
  • Game viewing
  • Caving
  • Abseiling
  • Rock climbing
  • Bird watching
  • 4X4 trails
  • Quad Biking
  • Spa treatments

Eating out in Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn has established a good reputation for the fine cuisine offered by a number excellent restaurants to be found in and around the town, including one of the top ten restaurants in the country. There are also many value-for-money, family restaurants to cater for those on a budget.

Why not complement your meal with a bottle of wine from one of the local wine estates. Finish off the evening with a multiple Gold Medal winning Port, which is produced in the area.

Oudtshoorn restaurants :

  • Bandella’s
  • The Godfather
  • Headlines Restaurant
  • The Colony Restaurant
  • De Oude Meul Restaurant
  • Kalinka
  • Wilgewandel
  • Pomegranate
  • Café Soleil
  • Pieter Celia’s

Guesthouses in Oudtshoorn

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Villa Rustique Guesthouse

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