The town was named after Baron van Reede van Oudtshoorn, governor designate to the Cape Colony. Oudtshoorn was something of a backwater up to about 1860. From then on, especially from ±1880 it became a boom town, due to ostrich feathers becoming the vogue in Europe. The feathers reached excellent prices with Oudtshoorn being the main supplier.
Merchants soon became so-called feather barons. As symbol of their new found wealth many built extravagant mansions with sandstone, the building material of the day. Many of these beautiful buildings are still around on view for present day visitors. The onset of World War I in 1914 caused the feather market to crash and many of the feather barons went bankrupt overnight. However, ostrich farming is still alive and well in Oudtshoorn. The town is still known to many as the "ostrich capital of the world".
Today tourists from across South Africa and the world flock to Oudtshoorn. The two main attractions are, ostrich show farms and the Cango Caves. Both of these feature among South Africa's top 20 tourist attractions. The town's geographical location is perfect for tourists as it lies virtually on the border of the Garden Route and is located on the popular Route 62.
This tour covers the highlights of South Africa and is ideal for first time visitors to the country. It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. This is the ‘southbound’ tour version that starts in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town.
Highlights: Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Swaziland , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , Transkei , Hole-in-the-Wall , Garden Route , Storm’s River Mouth , Knysna , Cango Caves , Route 62 , Cape Winelands , Cape Town .
This tour covers the highlights of South Africa and is ideal for first time visitors to the country. It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. This is the ‘northbound’ tour version that starts in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg.
Highlights: Cape Town , Cape Winelands , Stellenbosch , Oudtshoorn , Route 62 , Garden Route , Oudtshoorn ostrich farms , Cango Caves , Knysna , Storm’s River Mouth , Coffee Bay , Wild Coast , Hibiscus Coast , San Lameer , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , Swaziland , Kruger National Park , Panorama Route , Johannesburg .
This is a circular 5 day scheduled tour departing from Cape Town. Route 62 journeys through the valleys and mountain passes of the Klein Karoo. On the Garden Route you’ll focus on Knysna You return to Cape Town via the Cape South Coast. Mountain scenery, wildlife, ocean and more.
Highlights: Oudtshoorn , Cango Caves , Route 62 , Garden Route , Knysna , Oudtshoorn ostrich farms , Mossel Bay , The Garden Route Game Lodge , The Bartolomeu Dias Museum , Swellendam , Hermanus , Cape Agulhas .
This tour combines the scenic Route 62 and Garden Route. Get close to ostriches and elephants, tour the Cango Caves, do a sunset cruise on the Knysna Estuary, an ocean cruise at Plettenberg Bay in search of dolphins, seals and whales, visit the Tsitsikamma Forest and Storm's River Mouth.
Highlights: Oudtshoorn , Knysna , Cango Caves , Buffelsdrift Game Lodge , Knysna Estuary , Plettenberg Bay , Tsitsikamma , Storm’s River Mouth , Storm's River Mouth suspension bridge .
The Klein Karoo (Little Karoo) in South Africa is the smaller brother, of the Great Karoo to its North. The Klein Karoo is a hot and dry fairly narrow valley that runs from East to West, bordered to the North by the Swartberg Mountain range and to the South by the Outeniqua Mountains.
Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo, South Africa, is known as the ostrich capital of the world. Today a visit to one of the ostrich show farms in Oudtshoorn is rated as one of the 20 main tourist attractions in South Africa. These visits are not only very informative, but also highly entertaining.
The Cango Caves are located in the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains, some 28km north of Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo near South Africa's popular Garden Route. The Caves, a national monument and one of South Africa's top 20 tourist attractions, feature huge concert-hall sized chambers as well as narrow passages and rooms.