This friendly town of the Klein Karoo is famous for its ostrich farming and ancient caves, indigenous art and scenic hikes.

A warm welcome awaits visitors to Oudtshoorn, a serene town situated in the Klein Karoo valley and backed by the Outeniqua and Swartberg mountains. A hidden gem amid dramatic scenery, the town hosts well-known South African attractions, including ostrich show farms, art festivals and ancient limestone caves.

Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world. A visit to the town is never complete without a tour of a working ostrich farm. Discover the aspects of ostrich farming and the role the birds play in the local lifestyle. Feed an ostrich by hand, hold an egg and watch an ostrich race with local jockeys. If you are feeling brave then you can sit on and ride one yourself. Sample ostrich steaks, burgers and sausages at the farm and at the town’s restaurants.

Learn about the history of Oudtshoorn and the Klein Karoo at the C.P. Nel Museum. Highlights include a collection of antique vehicles and the reconstruction of a 20th-century chemist shop. Visit the Le Roux Townhouse to see a prime example of an “ostrich feather palace,” a grand residence typically built during the ostrich farming booms.

Oudtshoorn is known as a center for art and creativity. The ArtKaroo Gallery showcases the work of established and emerging artists while shops sell crafts and jewelry by local artisans. Visit in March when the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival celebrates Afrikaans art and culture through exhibitions, concerts and dance performances.

Go to the Cango Caves, a 20-million-year-old system of concealed chambers cut into a limestone ridge. Cage-dive with crocodiles, pet a cheetah and feed exotic birds at the Cango Wildlife Ranch. Go mountain biking or hiking in the Swartberg Mountains. Take a jeep tour along Die Hel, a mountain pass that clings to the side of a valley.

Located halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, Oudtshoorn is served by several bus companies. It’s a four to five-hour drive from either destination. Rent a car to enjoy the region’s scenic drives, including Robinson Pass to Mossel Bay and the Route 62 to Cape Town.

Top Hotels in Oudtshoorn

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
AfriCamps Klein Karoo
AfriCamps Klein Karoo
4 out of 5
Cango Caves Road, Oudtshoorn, Western Cape
The price is ¥6,583 per night

Situated in a rural location, this cabin is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Cango Wildlife Ranch and within 3 mi (5 km) of Buffelsdrift Game Lodge and Oudtshoorn Suspension ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (52 reviews)

"We had a lovely time at AfriCamps. The accommodations were fantastic and our time there was great. We went on the Ostrich Farm Tour and we had such a great time. We would go back again if the opportunity presents itself."…"

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2020

AfriCamps Klein Karoo
Swartberg Country Manor
Swartberg Country Manor
4 out of 5
Farm Voorbedacht, Matjiesriver, Cango Valley, Oudtshoorn, Western Cape
The price is ¥12,890 per night

Situated in the mountains, this bed & breakfast is 0.8 mi (1.4 km) from Cape Floral Region Protected Areas and within 12 mi (20 km) of Cango Caves and Swartberg ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (27 reviews)

"We had a wonderful stay at Swartberg manor. The setting on the farm and views toward the mountain were unbeatable. The wifi was non-existent though which can be a blessing. Breakfasts were wonderful and we had one dinner there which was okay."…"

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2019

Swartberg Country Manor
Hlangana Lodge
Hlangana Lodge
4 out of 5
51 North Street, Oudtshoorn, Western Cape
The price is ¥6,583 per night

Situated in Oudtshoorn, this romantic guesthouse is within 2 mi (3 km) of Cango Wildlife Ranch, Oudtshoorn Suspension Bridge, and Arbeidsgenot. C.P. Nel Museum ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (92 reviews)

"We booked this property for some rest and relaxation and I was under the impression that it was in the countryside but it is on the main road out of Oudtshoorn. However, the grounds are beautiful and we spent a delightful 4 day break sitting around the pool and enjoying the grounds. The staff were ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2020

Hlangana Lodge

Popular places to visit in Oudtshoorn

Cango Caves
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Cango Caves

5/5(9 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Cango Caves, a popular green space in Oudtshoorn. Amble around the area's gardens, or seek out its campsites.

Cango Wildlife Ranch
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Cango Wildlife Ranch

4/5(3 reviews)

Enjoy an outing to Cango Wildlife Ranch during your stay in Oudtshoorn. While you're in the area, wander around the natural setting.

Buffelsdrift Game Lodge
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Buffelsdrift Game Lodge

5/5(1 review)

Enjoy an outing to Buffelsdrift Game Lodge during your stay in Oudtshoorn. Discover the sunrises while you're in the area.

Top things to do in Oudtshoorn

Skip the Line: Highgate Ostrich Farm Tour Ticket
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Skip the Line: Highgate Ostrich Farm Tour Ticket

¥1,146
Per adult
Swartberg Sunset Tour and Dinner
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Swartberg Sunset Tour and Dinner

¥7,208
Per adult
Bush Safari
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Bush Safari

¥4,126
Per adult

Reviews of Oudtshoorn

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Dec 25, 2019

Oudtshoorn is interesting due to all the ostrich farms and the proximity to the caves and the mountain pass.

4/5 - Good

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Jun 28, 2019

We went because it was entity’s and we wanted to experience the meerkats.