About Oudtshoorn

Idyllic Setting

The Oudtshoorn Area

Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world. The world’s biggest bird is just one of the many attractions in this area of exceptional contrasts and natural beauty.

The region is home to the spectacular Cango Caves, Africa’s largest show cave system; an ecological hotspot where three distinct plant biomes (succulent karoo, cape thicket and fynbos) converge; and the Swartberg mountain range, which is part of the Cape Floral World Heritage Site.

De Zeekoe is only a 10 min drive from Oudtshoorn and perfectly based to explore the scenic attractions of the Klein Karoo as well as the natural beauty of the nearby Garden Route.

Situated right across the road from us is the SAFARI OSTRICH FARM for a full ostrich tour and ride, if you dare!

30 mins drive from us is the very famous CANGO CAVES with its limestone caves.

The CANGO WILDLIFE RANCH and cheetah sanctuary is only a 10 min drive from us for encounters with white tigers and cheetahs.

The CP NEL MUSEUM & LE ROUX TOWN HOUSE showcases the fascinating history of the region, and has been voted one of the country’s best small museums.

ARBEIDSGENOT – the home of the well-known Afrikaans writer, CJ Langenhoven. Visit some of the many famous sandstone buildings in the area.

One of the world’s most spectacular passes, the SWARTBERG PASS which takes you over to the ever so charming Prince Albert.

Drive through MEIRINGSPOORT, the origin of the mother geranium.

The more adventurous at heart can do a day trip into the remote and rugged Gamkaskloof Valley, otherwise known as ‘DIE HELL‘.

Hiking trails in the area – Cape Nature and Nature Conservation.

Outdoor adventures with TBI ADVENTURES. Quad bike trails to waterfalls and abseiling.

Oudtshoorn has many talented artists. ARTKAROO is worth a visit to pick up that special gift.

We are situated on one of the longest wine routes, Cape Route 62. Visit GRUNDHEIM WINE CELLAR in Volmoed, KARUSA VINEYARD in the Schoemanshoek Valley or take a drive to Calitzdorp (30min drive) that is the port capital of South Africa and visit some of the 8 vineyards that are found there.

Oudtshoorn is well-known for the ABSA KKNK held every year in April for a week. A festival of Afrikaans arts and culture, bookings must be made early at De Zeekoe to avoid disappointment.

For ostrich leather, we recommend LUGRO for superb quality and style – a family-run business who make their products on-site. A wide range of products from belts to wallets and handbags can be found at their centrally-located factory and showroom.

De Zeekoe has recently opened a curio shop with quality ostrich leather products. View products online.

Visit KLEIN KAROO Products for meat, feathers and leather products.

MA BETTY’S XHOSA AND CULTURAL EXPERIENCE – Ma Betty, together with a few woman from Bongolethu ,runs their authentic Xhosa village with pride and diligence. They prepare dishes on open fires and offered entertainment in the form of energetic dancing and Xhosa singing. The women are eager to talk to visitors about the preservation of their culture. This township experience contributes to the upliftment of this impoverished community.

The OUDTSHOORN GOLF COURSE is a 18 hole with beautiful tree parklands. No handicap certificate required. Clubhouse and bar facilities available.

George Airport is only a short 45 minute drive over the Outeniqua mountains, Knysna (2 hours drive) and Plettenberg Bay (3 hours).