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The Great Karoo is the arid semi-desert that comprises much of the heart of South Africa.

OstrichOn its fringes is the Little Karoo, a slightly more hospitable environment which proved ideal for rearing ostriches. Thanks to the Victorian craze for ostrich feathers, the town of Oudtshoorn flourished. Whilst exploring the town you will see many of the "Feather Palaces", houses of the merchants who grew rich from the feather trade.

Outside Oudtshoorn are the Cango Caves, one of the premier natural attractions in South Africa. Huge caverns with stalagmites and stalactites are open to the public and have been lit in such a way as to make them especially dramatic. Another popular activity in the area is visiting an ostrich farm, where you can learn about these odd birds, and may get the chance to see them race.

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Suggested itinerary featuring Oudtshoorn & Surrounds

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Oudtshoorn & Surrounds, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Accommodation choices for Oudtshoorn & Surrounds

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Oudtshoorn & Surrounds. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Rosenhof Country House, Oudtshoorn

      Rosenhof Country House

      First Class

      This elegant Victorian house offers history, charm and a peaceful setting among beautifully manicured gardens. The relaxed atmosphere and comfortable rooms make this a welcoming property to return to after exploring the area’s natural and historic attractions.

    • La Plume Guest House, Oudtshoorn

      La Plume Guest House


      La Plume is a Victorian-style homestead dating back to 1902, situated in the tranquil surroundings of a working ostrich, alfalfa and vine farm in the Klein Karoo.

    • The Thorntree Country House, Oudtshoorn



      Family-run, The Thorntree offers a comfortable stay and is a base from which to explore Oudtshoorn and the surrounding area, including the spectacular Cango Caves. The food here is excellent.