A serendipitous combination of back-to-the-land rural living, flightless big birds and subterranean stalagmite-rich chambers, Oudtshoorn’s striking semi-desert hinterland is vastly different to the nearby coastline. It’s also the majestic gateway to the Swartberg Pass, so be prepared for an epic gravel road journey cutting through colossal cinnamon coloured sandstone towers where the views, the vertigo and the elements have you feeling like you’re teetering on the edge of the world.
Testament to the geographical variety of the region, you can taste local ostrich eggs, take a wine tasting tour and travel underground to millions of years old caves all on the same day. The Cango Caves are the trump card; remarkable, devilishly tight spaces dripping in geological formations so beautiful that, if you didn’t know their history, you’d think they were theatrical art installations. Just as raw and real, Oudtshoorn’s wide open spaces are home to hundreds of ostrich farms where locals carve out livelihoods in the arid heat. Back in the 1900s, it was ostrich plumes that made this town its money, and the boom of the birds can still be in the numerous Victorian ‘Feather Palace’ houses.
Our local Oudtshoorn experts will introduce you to remote and mesmerising spots that ruffle the feathers, stir the soul and stay in the heart for years to come.
Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Laura, who's travelled extensively in South Africa. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - ex banker who can show you the hottest foodie spots in Cape Town, the award-winning young sommelier who can introduce you to Stellenbosch's finest wines and the walking safari ranger who can guide you to the best game.
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