Lovely, enjoyable things to see and do
Not much nightlife
Caves & Ostriches... and nothing more!!!
Very near Oudtshoorn are the Cango Caves. Ecologically significant and impressively beautiful the Cango Caves are a highlight of the Klein Karoo region. The caves offer an exciting tour. Their caverns began forming 20 million years ago when acidic ground water chemically eroded the 100 million year old limestone rocks. There are two tours to be...more
They are a series of dripstone caverns that have to be seen to be believed as they are just breathtaking in size and beauty.They do 2 tours the standard one and the 'adventure' one. the standard tour takes an hour and our guide was brilliant and really knowledgeable, at no point did you have to clamber over anything and it is done at a good pace....more
The Cango Wildlife Ranch is a privately-owned zoo outside of Oudtshoorn that specializes in big cats, especially cheetahs, but also has lions and tigers. Visitors are taken through the complex on guided tours that take about an hour. The first part of the the tour shows you local animals and birds from South Africa and neighboring countries,...more
The Colony Restaurant is located in Oudtshoorn's historic Queens Hotel. It's a little more expensive than some of the other restaurants in town, but was worth it in our opinion. We had some very good dinners there, as well as some good South African wines. The house specialty is ostrich, which makes sense given that Oudtshoorn is the Ostrich...more
In April/2010 I drove to Oudtshoorn for the sole purpose of trying an Ostrich steak for lunch. My ride to Oudtshoorn was fro over one hour and once I got in town, parked the parked and search for a casual restaurant that was serving Ostrich. It was Sunday, several restaurants were open but my choice was for Bronco's Steak Ranch. The name was quite...more
Early 20th century sandstone mill,lovingly and appositely restored to a bygone splendor,with its sunny wrap around veranda is nowadays this little restaurant. The concept here is that you dish what you want, they then weigh your plate and you pay according to the weight. I found them a bit on the expensive side, but the food was good and very...more
The original house has been converted to a very charming restaurant with seating indoors, in the front garden and a terrace overlooking the back garden.The emphasis is on fine food from local produce, well prepared and presented. The staff are friendly and efficient and knowledable about the food, its origin, the way it has been prepared etc.This...more
This is a typical restaurant ina tourist area... they cater for all tastes... but also have typically South African dishes... like crocodile, ostrich etc.The restaurant is clean and modern, the view gorgeous, over the mountains!The service was slow but friendly.The food was fine, we had a snack for lunch, two toasted sandwiches, with side salads...more
This is a very smart restaurant in the Queens Hotel. The food here was excellent, but by SA standards quite pricey. However the atmosphere in the restaurant seemed very formal, but you do get great service.As usual in South Africa the menu is very meat oriented. In Oudtshoorn what else but ostrich steak.more
Pretty lively bar with nice courtyard and live music (can be a bit variable). Watch out for lots of flying moths and bugs attracted by the lights.
I must be under some sort of curse with this place because I've been there twice and both times it has rained. Everybody dashed under the cover of the terrace or inside except the musicians who were protected by an archway - they just carried on.
Route 62 is modeled after the iconic US Route 66, made famous by the late, great Nat King Cole in the song of the mid 20th century. Travelers headed for the Garden Route will find that Route 62 offers a better alternative to the dull N2 motorway between Cape Town and George, being more scenic and slightly shorter. This well-maintained blacktop...more
As we drove back to Oudtshoorn, we passed a couple of interesting cars and a home-made bike. I had to take a photo!One was a lovely, well-cared-for vintage car, which was going veeery slowly... and the other was of a man on a home-made bike! He was peddling uphill!!!The third photo is of a bakkie with some blokes on the back of it... this is...more
You have to have a car to get around this area. There are no trains and hardly any buses. You will need to hire a car (Nova Car Hire is fantastic), or go as part of a tour group, in a bus.Nova car hire are cheap, with excellent service. We have used them a few times, ordering a car necessary for wherever we will be travelling.. and they have been...more
The best souvenirs of a visit to Oudtshoorn are ostrich-related items. Decorated ostrich eggs are a great item for your shelves at home. Even better are ostrich egg lamps, which have designs and patters carved through the egg that allow the light within to escape. You just need to remember that lamps in South Africa use 220V electricity. If you...more
Every year in March / April the Oudtshoorn is transformed into the cultural capital of the region.
It is a festival that promotes Afrikaans and also Rural Cultural activities and combines all aspects of Art, Film, Cabaret, Theatre, Dancing and other parts.
What had started in 1994 as a small gathering of artists today enjoys interational sponsorship and during last year was also honoured by a visit of the South Africa President Thabo Mbeki.
While they are much safer to be around than lions and hippos, you still have to be careful when you are around ostriches. The main thing to be aware of is that ostriches can kick very hard, and their feet have big claws, which add to the damage. They kick forward, so NEVER stand directly in front of one without a fence or wall in between you and...more
If you plan to visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch which is actually a huge zoo, do so on a full stomache.We recently ordered 4 toasted chicken mayo sandwiches and were forced to give up after having to wait for almost an hour which included 3 visits to the kitchen to try to speed matters up.When we complained to the duty manager she simply laughed at...more
Well I guess that this is always true, no matter where you are, but for my trip to South-Africa, I didn't pay close attention to the location of the overnight stays. Some of them were very hard to find and others to far away from the place that we wanted to visit the next day.We stayed at the Riverside Holiday Village, it's a nice relaxed place,...more
Luggage and bags:
Luggage with wheels is always a good idea, wherever you are travelling.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Some ideas:
Light coloured clothing that doesnt absorb the sun as much as dark clothing.
Long-sleeved shirts and trousers will help protect you against the sun and possible insect bites.
A cap/hat that covers your head and neck.
Comfortable sandals and tackies/trainers/sneakers.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun screen (at LEAST Factor 35 I would say), headache tablets, and usual little things like some plasters for blisters, cotton wool, germolene etc.
Photo Equipment: Your camera, with charger, and an appropriate plug extension/adaptor.
Miscellaneous: Have a map of the area handy, plus a local bird, flower and tree book. For this you also need a pair of good quality binoculars.
While in Oudtshoorn I got to meet Mr Bubu, who is originally from Pretoria and on that day he was wearing Figo's shirt of the Portuguese National Team shirt.Being portuguese myself, I felt the urge to invite Mr Bubu for a beer and picture taken.> Mário Ferreira in Oudtshoorn (April-2010)-----Luis Figo on wikipedia: Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro...more
If you'd like to see ostriches and arent keen to drive all the way to Outdshoorn from Cape Town, go to Cape Point. It is about 45 minutes from Cape Town Centre... and can be reached by following the road from the Kommetjie or Simons' Town sides.Here they have a few male and female ostriches walking around the national park. They are generally found...more
In Highgate and I guess also in the other ostrich farms, you can sit on an ostrich but you can also ride this big bird. I didn’t try to ride one, I just sat on one. Why? Well I even don’t like horses that much so why an ostrich. But it can be great fun I guess.Instead we watched an ostrich race, we had to pick our favourite to win and sheer him on,...more
This plant is typical of not only this area, but the entire region. It is cactus-like in looks, and has orangey red flowers when in bloom.It is hardy and succulent, in a land where the toughest only often survive. Having said that, this particular area of the Little Karoo is like a little oasis, where the earth is kinder on the vegetation.These...more
A fully grown ostrich towers over the average man. They are very strong, and fast!They can do some serious damage if you have ruffled their feathers (so to speak!).They mate between April and September - the cooler months - mainly, but may also conceive other times of the year.The male ostrich makes a hole (more like a shallow trough), for the...more