Oudtshoorn lies inland from the Cape’s famous Garden Route, amidst breathtaking mountain passes, magnificent red rocks and the wide open spaces of the Klein Karoo. Oudtshoorn is famed as the Ostrich capital of the world, but is also worth visiting for the Cango Caves, the opportunity to see meerkat in their natural habitat and the stunning scenery which contrasts and combines perfectly with the Garden Route.

Oudtshoorn is home to the largest population of ostriches, with several dedicated breeding farms located throughout. While staying here, there’s a breadth of activities both in the town itself and nearby. The ostrich farms are worth visiting not only to see the ostriches but also to learn about them and how the town has survived thanks to its two major ostrich farming booms. There’s a very good line-up of restaurants and eateries, pretty much all of them featuring ostrich meat on their menus. The town is the start of South Africa’s Route 62, also known as the Wine Route, and is known for the excellent wines it produces. Many who visit enjoy exploring the Cango Caves; guided tours are offered and enable guests to explore roughly a kilometre of the cave network, with the chance to see fascinating cave paintings and ancient limestone formations. Meerkat tours are available at De Zeekoe and Buffelsdrift.

In terms of accommodation, Oudtshoorn has several superb small guest-farms and country manors and the surprisingly good Buffelsdrift game reserve, with guest tents set around a hippo dam and a beautiful reserve with good wildlife populations. It isn't going to compete with the Kruger for a serious safari, but is a fun and relatively inexpensive way to get a safari experience of sorts.

Oudtshoorn's hot season starts in November and lasts through to February, with January typically the hottest month of the year. March is the wettest by far, while July tends to be the driest. Temperatures are generally quite favourable throughout the year. For those looking to stay in the town, there are more than enough accommodation options to choose from. These range from campsites and B&Bs, to guest houses and country manors.

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Circular Garden Route Holiday starting and finishing in Cape Town and including Oudtshoorn, the Garden Route, Safari & the Winelands

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  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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