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is located in Karoo East
the Western Cape
of South Africa
In the middle of the wide open Little Karoo, it comes as quite a surprise to arrive at somewhere quite so bustling as this. For over a century this place has been the worldwide epicentre for ostrich farming. In Victorian times vast fortunes were made from the fashionable feathers and lavish stone mansions, known locally as "ostrich palaces", were constructed in this unlikely location.
Ostriches continue to be raised here, although these days the focus is on their low cholesterol meat, and people flock in from far and wide to visit the town and its outlying farms, to view, ride and even race ostriches.
The other major attraction is the Cango Caves, an impressive subterranean world 20km to the north.
Oudtshoorn may be a little touristy, but it is a historically fascinating place and a great stopover on a very pleasant inland route which bypasses the less interesting and much more hectic coastline.
Some of our favourite accommodation options lie in the pretty village of Schoemanshoek around 12km to the north of the town ...Altes Landhaus
... is the slightly more upmarket option, centred on a restored colonial era farmstead.Berluda Farm
... is a lower cost option, also centred on an old farm, but with newly built guest cottages a short drive away.
In the town of Oudtshoorn itself ...Rosenhof Country House
... is the most upmarket option in the area, a very pleasant and reliable place alongside the main road to the north of the town.