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Best Little Guest House

38 Reviews
Sleeps 18 in 8 rooms

Winter Special   Best Little Guest House is a unique bed and breakfast situated in South Africa's picturesque and historic town of Oudtshoorn in the Klein...
Best Little Guest House is a unique bed and breakfast situated in South Africa's picturesque and historic town of Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo.

It has been specifically designed to cater for the needs of travellers who can relax in a quiet, friendly and secure environment.

Your hosts, Edy or Rina, offer warm hospitality in an informal and comfortable atmosphere, dedicating their time to assist travellers in making their Oudtshoorn experience memorable.

Best Little Guest House offers eight well-appointed individually styled carpeted en-suite bedrooms with satellite TV; free Wi-Fi, heating/air conditioning/ceiling fans, tea and coffee-making facilities, and a work desk. Guests can make use of the large refrigerator, freezer and microwave situated in the dining room. It features a veranda/stoep with wooden furniture, an outdoor pool, barbecue facilities and free covered parking.Guests can start their day with an optional breakfast served in the dining area, before relaxing by the poolside veranda.

Best Little Guests House offers a visitor information corner about the entire local and surrounding attractions; The Cango Wildlife Ranch, Cango Caves, The Ostrich Show Farms and the Water Falls.
Guests can start their day with a breakfast which is served in the dining area, before relaxing by the poolside veranda. Indoors, there is a communal DStv lounge room with fireplace. Guests can make use of the communal fridge and microwave situated in the breakfast room.

We are located in town, about five kilometres from Cango Wildlife Ranch and nine kilometres from the Ostrich Show Farm. Swartberg Nature Reserve is 42 km from the property, while Cango Caves are 32 km away.

We serve a delicious breakfast for R60 per person. No charge for children under 6.

There is also a laundry service, free visitor's information, wheelchair accessibility, braai/barbecue facilities and a great venue for small functions, weddings and meetings.

Pets are welcome by prior arrangement at R10 per dog.
from R580

Karoo Retreat

4 Reviews
Sleeps 14 in 3 rooms

Karoo Retreat is an upmarket self-catering house situated in Oudtshoorn and ideal for families and groups. Oudtshoorn is a central base...
Karoo Retreat is an upmarket self-catering house situated in Oudtshoorn and ideal for families and groups. Oudtshoorn is a central base for activities and sightseeing in the surrounding area. The guest house is available on a per-room basis or as a whole.

This exclusive guest house offers four comfortable bedrooms opening onto a large patio. The rooms are cooled by air-conditioning and ceiling fans, and each has its own en-suite bathroom. The house is ideal for two couples with children as the four rooms are divided by a large living area with leather sofas, a large dining area and a fireplace, giving privacy to separate groups of guests but still feeling intimate.

The kitchen adjoins the living room and has all the equipment needed for a comfortable stay. The house is surrounded by indigenous rock and aloe plants, and the trees provide shade all year round. The guest house overlooks our own organic vegetable garden as well as the swimming pool, giving the property a lovely country feel.

Karoo Retreat is child friendly and ideal for functions and workshops. As the guest house is on a quiet street, it is safe for strolls around the neighbourhood or a bit of cycling with the kids. We offer laundry services, babysitting, cleaning services and breakfast baskets on request, as well as braai facilities for some self-catering á la carte dining.
from R750

Boulders Lodge & Spa

20 Reviews
Sleeps 22 in 9 rooms

Come and enjoy an unforgettable holiday in one of the finest places in the Klein Karoo en route to the Cango Caves. The Boulders Lodge is...
Come and enjoy an unforgettable holiday in one of the finest places in the Klein Karoo en route to the Cango Caves. The Boulders Lodge is fully air-conditioned, has a Wi-Fi hotspot and a sparkling blue swimming pool as well as a Jacuzzi on the deck which awaits visitors who are ready to restore peace to the body and soul.

No more bored children on holiday – at Boulders Lodge Mom and Dad can relax while the little ones play on the jungle gym which will keep them occupied for hours. The Boulders Spa offers a wellness haven in the heart of the Klein Karoo with various beauty and health treatments and massages.

Our latest edition, Pomegranate Restaurant, reflects some of the best cuisine that South Africa has to offer. Our chef uses years of experience to compose mouth-watering meals for our guests.
from R1200

The Gumtree Guest House

9 Reviews
Sleeps 15 in 6 rooms

The Gumtree Guest House is situated on the banks of the Grobbelaars River, at the historic suspension bridge in Oudtshoorn. We offer...
The Gumtree Guest House is situated on the banks of the Grobbelaars River, at the historic suspension bridge in Oudtshoorn. We offer comfortable accommodation in beautiful rooms surrounded by a garden filled with indigenous plants, and we are located within walking distance of the town, restaurants, banks and curio shops.

Our breakfasts are served inside or outside, depending on the weather, and fresh seasonal ingredients are used. The breakfasts served are fresh home-baked bread, fruit salad, cereals, yoghurt, cheese, meat and a hot breakfast that is cooked according to your order. The products used are mainly produced locally.

The Swartberg Mountains are in full view from the veranda and the setting sun can be watched from the wooden deck. The Gumtree Guest House offers the ideal stopover for all travellers, where nature and tranquility meet.
from R850

Surval Boutique Olive Estate

3 Reviews
Sleeps 56 in 22 rooms

Situated at the foot of the majestic Swartberg Mountain range (a UNESCO World Heritage site) in the...
Situated at the foot of the majestic Swartberg Mountain range (a UNESCO World Heritage site) in the Klein Karoo, Surval Boutique Olive Estate offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the Schoemanshoek Valley.

Surval Boutique Olive Estate offers luxurious accommodation, fit for a king and his family, in our 18th century Klein Karoo homestead, Surval Village.

Encompassing 23 luxurious and individually decorated suites and bedrooms. Each room is individually styled, and offers an indigenous South African feel. Our rooms are all spacious, with the finest furniture and fabrics, offering you a luxurious experience of style and space.

All our rooms are equipped with air conditioning, satellite television, free Wi-Fi, valuables safe, mini bar fridge, tea and coffee facilities and a separate entrance.

Cold winter evenings can be spent in the Orchard Room, our communal lounge, with luxurious leather couches, where you can spend time with friends in a cosy setting, or curled up with a favourite book and a glass of red wine.

An elegant dining experience second to none.

With a menu inspired by the produce of the local Klein Karoo region of South Africa, combined with international flair, our restaurant Su Casa (Your Home") offers an elegant dining experience equal to none. Su Casais a member of Confrêrie de la Chaíne des Rôtisseurs, an international gastronomic society founded in Paris in 1950, which traces its origin back to 1248, and devoted to choice dining and the camaraderie of the table.

Our menu is a reflection on the past, paying homage to the classic flavors and dishes that have stood the test of time. You will experience good food, brought back to the basics, done well, with love and care, creating a gastronomic experience you will remember for some time.

We feature a fully stocked and accessible wine cellar, where you can choose from our selection of the finest wines that South Africa has to offer. We offer only the best varieties and vintages that have made South Africa known for its wines par excellence.

Su Casa offers special banqueting options for weddings, conferences and any other special occasion or function.
Weddings at Surval Boutique Olive Estate
Your wedding will be one of the most important days of your life. Compliment your careful planning and meticulous attention to detail with the spectacular setting offered to you by Surval Boutique Olive Estate.

Our wedding package is designed to assist you in planning the perfect wedding ceremony and reception. Situated at the foot of the majestic Swartberg Mountain range in the Klein Karoo, we offer an idyllic setting within an hour’s drive from the George International Airport.

Say your vows in our on-location chapel, with the most breath-taking view of the Swartberg Mountain, then host your reception in one of our unique venues, guaranteed to create a memorable occasion that your guests will remember for years to come.
from R1750

Advocate's Manor

1 Review
Sleeps 16 in 7 rooms

Advocate’s Manor is a warm and welcoming guest house that will make you feel right at home. Advocate’s Manor is ideally located in the...
Advocate’s Manor is a warm and welcoming guest house that will make you feel right at home. Advocate’s Manor is ideally located in the town of Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo, nestled between the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountain ranges. Oudtshoorn is renowned as being the ostrich capital of the world, and offers plenty of tourist attractions, restaurants and shops.

Advocate’s Manor offers accommodation in individually decorated and styled guest rooms. Each room contains either a double bed or twin single beds, and an en-suite bathroom. In addition, each room boasts tea and coffee-making facilities, and Wi-Fi internet access.

Outside, there is a charming undercover patio area, that leads to a well-kept garden and swimming pool area. Secure off-street parking is provided.
from R900

Aloe Manor

10 Reviews
Sleeps 22 in 9 rooms

Aloe Manor offers 4 Star luxury accommodation is an inspiring new addition to Oudtshoorn's guest house industry. It is situated in a...
Aloe Manor offers 4 Star luxury accommodation is an inspiring new addition to Oudtshoorn's guest house industry. It is situated in a peaceful area with very little traffic. The architectonic wonder of this establishment is that it ensures a natural balance between the scenic beauty of the surrounding area and the needs of our guests.

The expertise with which the garden was designed beautifully compliments the minimalist, yet striking décor inside the house, creating harmony between the interior and exterior. The sunrises and views of the Swartberg Mountains that can be enjoyed from our veranda are unsurpassed in the whole of Oudtshoorn.

The time you have spent at Aloe Manor will travel in your soul long after your departure, while the hospitality, tranquility and unforgettable natural beauty of the surrounding area will ensure your return to this place of peaceful rest.
from R900

Bisibee Guest House

9 Reviews
Sleeps 24 in 10 rooms

Bisibee Guest House offers affordable accommodation in Oudtshoorn. It is situated in a well-established area and is within walking distance...
Bisibee Guest House offers affordable accommodation in Oudtshoorn. It is situated in a well-established area and is within walking distance of the town center. The guest house has one parking bay per room and a well-established garden where one can relax after a day of touring or business.

Facilities available on premises include a small swimming pool, outdoor seating and WiFi Internet access. Each room has tea and coffee facilities, a small fridge and a TV with local channels. Breakfast is an optional extra.

Bisibee Guest House provides a very convenient stopover for people traveling between Cape Town, Pretoria, Bloemfontein, Beaufort West, Port Elizabeth and the Addo Elephant Park. Oudtshoorn forms part of the Klein Karoo and acts as a portal for the well-renowned Swartberg Pass, De Hell and Great Karoo as well as the Garden Route along the R62.

A nice day can be spent driving over the Swartberg Pass via Prince Albert Hamlet and then back through Meiringspoort Pass or De Rust, before returning to Oudtshoorn.
from R520

Hlangana Lodge

11 Reviews
Sleeps 62 in 19 rooms

Hlangana Lodge is Oudtshoorn's premier destination. This highly recommended lodge offers individually decorated en-suite rooms which are...
Hlangana Lodge is Oudtshoorn's premier destination. This highly recommended lodge offers individually decorated en-suite rooms which are equipped with queen-size beds or twin beds, TVs, minibars, safes, telephones, tea and coffee-making facilities and air-conditioning.

A warm welcome awaits you in this Victorian lodge with its exotic garden settings. Relax at the large saltwater swimming pool and enjoy the superb views of the Swartberg Mountains. Try the fitness centre, hire a mountain bike or just enjoy a drink at the fully licensed bar.

Opened in 1996, Hlangana Lodge has been a homely accommodation for many visitors to our beautiful town. We were a finalist in 1998 and 1999 of the AA Accommodation Awards. We speak French, Dutch and German.
from R1240

Mooiplaas Guest House

16 Reviews
Sleeps 48 in 20 rooms

Mooiplaas is ideally located in the peaceful countryside yet only 10 km from Oudtshoorn which offers much to do and see. It is the...
Mooiplaas is ideally located in the peaceful countryside yet only 10 km from Oudtshoorn which offers much to do and see. It is the “Ostrich Capital” of the world and close to the world-famous Cango Caves. Whether you are looking for adventure, sports, culture and history or wish to relax and enjoy the pure tranquility of the countryside, you will find it here.

Start your day with a traditional farmhouse breakfast and at the end of the day enjoy a candlelit braai which a both specialties at Mooiplaas. The staff will also be delighted to prepare light meals and picnic baskets for you by prior arrangement and they will offer insider’s advice on where to eat out. The staff will also be happy to make a reservation for you at one of the fine local restaurants.

On-site activities include hiking and walking, jogging, mountain bikes and a swimming pool. Don’t miss a private tour of Mooiplaas Ostrich Farm where you will learn interesting facts about ostriches and the famous feather industry. Get up close to these inquisitive birds and feel the thrill of seeing a baby chick peck its way into this brand new world. Our on-site registered tour guide is available to help with planning and arranging trips in the area.
from R1400

La Pension Guest House

3 Reviews
Sleeps 16 in 6 rooms

Located on almost an acre in a quiet leafy suburb in Oudtshoorn, La Pension provides the ideal setting where guests can relax in the large...
Located on almost an acre in a quiet leafy suburb in Oudtshoorn, La Pension provides the ideal setting where guests can relax in the large park-like gardens with an array of indigenous plants and trees, or enjoy sundowners at the large sparkling pool with a sauna and bar in close proximity.

The tastefully decorated and spacious rooms offer both self-catering and B&B accommodation with en-suite bathrooms. Enjoy a bit of birdwatching as you indulge in a wonderful breakfast served out by the swimming pool.

Centrally situated, La Pension is within easy walking distance of excellent restaurants and a short drive from ostrich show farms and the renowned Cango Caves. With true Oudtshoorn hospitality, Errol and Venita welcome you to their home.
from R840

Avondblij Guest House

2 Reviews
Sleeps 12 in 5 rooms

Avondblij Guest House offers a comfortable, luxurious and tranquil accommodation options. We take great pride in service excellence and...
Avondblij Guest House offers a comfortable, luxurious and tranquil accommodation options. We take great pride in service excellence and warm hospitality. Throughout your stay with us in the “Ostrich Capital” of the world, we strive to make it as pleasant and memorable as possible until the next visit.

Gernes and Nadine Claassen welcome you to Avondblij Guest House - a 1940s art deco-style home that has been tastefully renovated and still features the original wooden floors and spacious rooms.

We are situated very close to the centre of Oudtshoorn and ideally situated for guests who wish to walk to the various shops, restaurants and other spectacular sites in Oudtshoorn. We are a mere 200 m off the Route 328 that leads to the famous Cango Caves.
from R650

Le Roux's Guest House

2 Reviews
Sleeps 9 in 3 rooms

Le Roux's Guest House is situated in a quiet residential area of Oudtshoorn, within easy walking distance from the town centre and...
Le Roux's Guest House is situated in a quiet residential area of Oudtshoorn, within easy walking distance from the town centre and restaurants. With over 330 sunshine days a year, Oudtshoorn is a great place for outdoor activities. Surrounded by mountain ranges and blessed with a rich variety of bird and plant life, the Klein Karoo reveals it's beauty to those who get out and make the effort to explore.

We offer three rooms, each with a private entrance, patio and off-street parking. All rooms are also equipped with air-conditioning, ceiling fans, heaters, fridges, microwaves, TVs with DStv, hairdryers, and hospitality trays. A sparkling swimming pool with wooden deck chairs is available for the hot and sunny days of Oudtshoorn, and we are well-known for our English and continental breakfasts - a treat with fresh fruit, yogurt and cereals. However self-catering options are available as well.

A warm and friendly welcome awaits our guests at Le Roux's Guest House, a stylish and comfortable establishment located in the heart of the Klein Karoo.
from R920

Rietfontein Ostrich Palace

1 Review
Sleeps 14 in 7 rooms

Welcome to Rietfontein Ostrich Palace which is a working ostrich farm situated between Calitzdorp...
Welcome to Rietfontein Ostrich Palace which is a working ostrich farm situated between Calitzdorp and Oudtshoorn on the Route 62 – the longest wine route in South Africa. It is the oldest working ostrich farm in the Cape Colony and was established by the Potgieter family in 1897. It boasts one of the most intriguing ostrich palaces dating back to the early 1900s.

Enjoy a scrumptious meal at our restaurant - we serve ostrich cuisine and local wine. Our accommodation comprises three units with six rooms, each with an en-suite bathroom and equipped with all necessities. Experience a one-hour private ostrich farm tour daily, or the historical side of Rietfontein Ostrich Palace and the Feather Boom Era.
from R1150

Yamkela Guest House

18 Reviews
Sleeps 20 in 10 rooms

Oudtshoorn has been called South Africa's tourism capital and with good reason. The town has been blessed with the greatest variety of...
Oudtshoorn has been called South Africa's tourism capital and with good reason. The town has been blessed with the greatest variety of tourist attractions imaginable. Guests can enjoy peculiar ostrich, the breathtaking Cango Caves, majestic mountain ranges, the unspoilt natural environment, culinary adventure and wine tasting.

The guesthouse has 10 rooms that are comfortably appointed with en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, televisions, telephones, equipped bar fridges, hairdryers, tea and coffee trays and safes. Each room gives you the possibility to work or relax in tranquility and every attempt has been made to assure high standards.

You can relax in the tranquil landscaped garden with a swimming pool and a 24-hour reception desk will provide you with all the information needed. Car rental, reservation of restaurants or whatever the need may be, we will be happy to assist you.

Yamkela is Xhosa for “welcome” and that is exactly how you will feel when entering our guest house. Yamkela is situated in the heart of the Klein Karoo close to Oudtshoorn city centre. Enjoy a scenic drive over Swartberg Pass to the hamlet of Prince Albert, returning via Meiring's Poort which is well-known for its interesting geological formations. Oudtshoorn is becoming an all-year-round destination and Yamkela Guest House is the right location to start from.
from R630

Swartberg Country Manor

6 Reviews
Sleeps 18 in 9 rooms

Swartberg Country Manor is nestled on the Voorbedacht Farm, which is situated in the Cango Valley at the foot of the world-renowned...
Swartberg Country Manor is nestled on the Voorbedacht Farm, which is situated in the Cango Valley at the foot of the world-renowned Swartberg Pass. The picturesque panoramic view of the Swartberg Mountains will bring comfort to anyone that wants to get away from it all and simply soak up the peace of its tranquil surroundings.

The main farmhouse has been converted into a comfortable guest house that offers nine en-suite guest rooms, and the original 1864 farmhouse, has also been renovated to offer a further five en-suite guest rooms. It is impossible not to fall in love with this historical work of art with its ambience and character added by Oregon pine floors and ceilings with perfectly framed mountain views.

Our dedicated team will be your hosts and will ensure that you have an unforgettable homely experience. Meals are served in our spacious dining room or on the veranda overlooking the spectacular Swartberg Mountains. For those exquisite warm summer days, traditional South African delicacies will be prepared outside on open fires next to the swimming pool, along with refreshing beverages served from the bar.

Voorbedacht is a working farm which offers guests the unique opportunity to explore and experience the true essence of subsistence farming in the Little Karoo. Daily walks on the farm allow guests to experience the peace and serenity of this beautiful valley, while for the more wild at heart, mountain bikes are available to explore the more rugged terrain.

Swartberg Eco Explore provides you the unique opportunity to explore the historical, geological and natural treasures that the Swartberg Mountains, the Little Karoo and the Great Karoo have to offer. Our customised explore packages will allow you to choose the itinerary that suits your specific needs and preferences best.
from R1900

De Denne Guesthouse

12 Reviews
Sleeps 35 in 12 rooms

De Denne, a four-star country guest house enveloped in farmlands in the heart of the Klein Karoo, South Africa, just outside the town of...
De Denne, a four-star country guest house enveloped in farmlands in the heart of the Klein Karoo, South Africa, just outside the town of Oudtshoorn, ostrich capital of the world. A perfect stop over halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth travelling on the Route 62.

De Denne Country Guest House is situated on a working ostrich farm. Offering tranquility, spectacular views and soul touching moments. Sunsets you will never find elsewhere and hospitality to make you feel at home.

Our accommodation offers you the choice of either staying in our beautiful Garden or Family Suites within walking distance from the main house or Deluxe Suites located in the main house. Also located in the main house is a spacious guest lounge. Just a few metres from the main house is a separate building housing the Dining Room and Bar area in close vicinity to the swimming pool with spectacular views of the Oliphant and Swartberg mountain ranges.

Our many activities include bird watching, scenic walks, stargazing, environmental and farm tours where you can experience the ostrich chicks hatching. Activities also available in the area to enjoy is the Sunrise Meerkat Tour, Cango Caves, feeding the elephants and riding an ostrich at Highgate Showfarm.
from R1210

De Zeekoe Guest Farm

32 Reviews
Sleeps 82 in 28 rooms

This 2000-hectare bio-diversified farm is privately owned and nestled between the majestic Swartberg and Outeniqua Mountains on the banks...
This 2000-hectare bio-diversified farm is privately owned and nestled between the majestic Swartberg and Outeniqua Mountains on the banks of the Olifants River. We are located on one of the world’s 17 hotspots with three overlapping flower zones and only 7 km from Oudtshoorn on the R328, opposite the Safari Ostrich Farm.

The colonial-style main lodge has lush gardens and open verandas leading to 16 stylish fully equipped and air-conditioned rooms. Four rustic Waterfront Cabins ideal for a romantic getaway are located a short drive away. Guests can enjoy our inventive and delicious traditional cooking with a Karoo twist and compliment evening meals with wines from our very own cellar.

Facilities include eco farm tours on a tractor, horse riding, self-guided walks, birding with 162 species, canoeing, fishing, biking, a saltwater pool as well as meerkat tours on the reserve by our guide, Devey. Bookings are essential. Listen to the silence that is old Africa and you will discover it is music - Amadou Hampabeba, 1976.
from R1040
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Old Mill Country Lodge & Restaurant

14 Reviews
Sleeps 20 in 6 rooms

dinner discount   Our 4-star establishment is surrounded with spectacular bird life, rivers and the foothills of the...
Our 4-star establishment is surrounded with spectacular bird life, rivers and the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains. Enjoy lunch or dinner in our famous á la carte restaurant with a view of the river that crosses our farm. We are situated on the R328, 14 km from Oudtshoorn en route to the world-famous Cango Caves.

You can have lunch or dinner at our restaurant where you can touch and hand feed our game. Our 4-star rooms consist of air-conditioners, TVs and coffee and tea making facilities; book with us for an unforgettable stay.

We are also a working ostrich farm and the children can go fishing, hiking and swimming. We are near the Swartberg Mountains, Cango Caves, Rust en Vrede Waterfall, Cango Wildlife Ranch and the Cango Ostrich Farm.
from R780

The Thorntree Country House

9 Reviews
Sleeps 41 in 17 rooms

The Thorntree Country House is situated on the route to the Cango Caves, the Swartberg Pass and the...
The Thorntree Country House is situated on the route to the Cango Caves, the Swartberg Pass and the circle route to Prince Albert via Meiringspoort. It is also within easy reach of the Cango Ostrich Farm and Cango Wildlife Ranch.

The Thorntree Country House is a family-run business where Louis and Tanja Lategan are looking forward to making your stay in the Klein Karoo an unforgettable experience. We offer a private and secure romantic retreat. Visitors can enjoy unspoilt views of the picturesque Schoemanshoek Valley from the saltwater swimming pool and relax in the peaceful, natural surroundings.
from R450

Oudtshoorn South Africa

Oudtshoorn Guest House Accommodation

Oudtshoorn, the largest town in the Little Karoo, is most well known as the centre of the ostrich farming industry. Taller than many men, these huge flightless birds weigh in at about 150kg and are very fast and – surprisingly – very dangerous. Don’t tangle with one. How embarrassing would it be to have to explain to the guys in the office that, while you were on holiday, a bird kicked you almost to death and you landed up in hospital with broken bones, concussion and a few major lacerations? You’d never live it down. But they are interesting – and delicious. Their almost totally fat-free and cholesterol-free red meat is reputed to be particularly healthy, and is made into a huge range of innovative dishes in local restaurants. The most traditional way to eat an ostrich, though, is in the form of biltong – sun-dried, spiced strips of meat. But, hey. Why eat the bird, when you can wear it?

Ostrich feathers have moved in and out of fashion a few times over the last couple of centuries but, at their heyday, they were worth more than their weight in gold and they funded the building of some magnificent mansions, which were dubbed “feather palaces” by the envious neighbours. Le Roux’s Townhouse, which is an annex of the CP Nel Museum, is an excellent example of this early form of conspicuous consumption.

There are also a number of farms where you could watch an ostrich display, learn all about these amazing birds and go wild buying ostrich feather and leather products. The leather has almost overtaken the feathers as a must-have fashion accessory. Distinctively knobbled (how many leathers are plucked?) and very hard-wearing, it’s used to make anything from key rings to full length coats, car upholstery and even saddles. (OK – so far, one rather weird Cape Town polo player has decided that a knobbly ostrich leather saddle is a good idea. But, who knows, it could take off.)

You could, if you were totally heartless, also ride an ostrich. Sure – they weigh 150 kg and are very strong but – and this is a big but – they have really tiny little ankles so many of the birds that are ridden are permanently injured. Which is not really a problem, as they’re destined to be turned into biltong and handbags, anyhow, but it’s worth thinking about.

Speaking of handbags, there’s a crocodile ranch just outside the town, and also a “wildlife ranch”, where you can dive with crocodiles from the safety of a cage, see a range of predators, including lions, tigers and jaguars, and you could even – for a price – “adopt” a baby cheetah. While we’re on the animal thing – there’s a bunny farm, where you can pet the angora rabbits and buy lovely soft garments from angora wool, and even a lovely, child-friendly restaurant where you can ride a camel. Camels, fortunately, are renowned for their sturdy ankles.

The other major attraction in Oudtshoorn is the Cango Caves, which extend for miles into the extensive limestone hills and exhibit beautiful crystal and flow structures. You can do a one hour tour or tackle the more adventurous one and a half hour tour, which includes some tight squeezes.

One of the best ways to see Oudtshoorn and its surrounds – if you’re relatively energetic – is to do a semi-escorted cycling trip on the Swartberg Pass. You (along with the bikes) get driven to the top of the pass 50km from town, from where you make your own way back. The first 10km is a steep, twisting, turning, incredibly scenic unpaved mountain pass – but all downhill. From there the next 10km is a relatively steep downhill on tar, and the last 30km is mostly downhill or flat.
En route back to town, you can stop to visit the Cango Caves, the Wildlife Ranch, an ostrich farm, and even stop to ride a camel. A short detour (with some uphills) could take you to a lovely waterfall. It’s a full day ride but – here’s the best part – if you decide you’ve had enough cycling, you can phone to be picked up and only pay a small “rescue fee”.

There are some great restaurants and a smattering of lovely guest houses. The Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (Little Karoo National Arts Festival), which is a whole load of fun, is held in April.

Oudtshoorn, the largest town in the Little Karoo, is most well known as the centre of the ostrich farming industry. Taller than many men, these huge flightless birds weigh in at about 150kg and are very fast and – surprisingly – very dangerous....

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