"Oudtshoorn - The Ostrich Capital of the World" Top 5 Page for this destination Oudtshoorn by mikelisaanna

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Oudtshoorn was one of our favorite parts of our recent trip to South Africa. We were originally planning to just do a quick pass through, but ended up spending three nights there.

Oudtshoorn is a town in the Little Karoo, a high desert valley surrounded by mountains about an hour inland from South Africa's southerrn coast. In the late 1800s, while other part sof South Africa were focused on gold and diamonds, Oudtshoorn built its fortunes on ostriches. At the time, ostrich feathers were highly valued for hats and other fashion items, and the local farmers turned Oudtshoorn into the world's largest producer of ostrich feathers. Since then, the market for ostrich products has had its ups and downs, but Oudtshoorn has perservered and still boasts dozens of ostrich ranches in the surrounding countryside.

A number fo the ostrich farms give tours for tourists. Other activities for tourists in and around Oudtshoorn include a good local zoo and cheetah rehabilitation center, the CP Nel Museum (a very good little museum that focuses on the town's history), and the Kango Caves, which are on of the most beautiful cave systems in the country.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Ostriches, caves, interesting scenery
  • Cons:Not much nightlife
  • In a nutshell:An interesting place to spend a few days
  • Last visit to Oudtshoorn: Jul 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    nice page. happy nbew year to you and yours.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Dec 22, 2009 at 9:33 AM

    What a neat place. The ranch, caves, and museum looks fabulous. Such a wonderful gem. I enjoyed the tour!

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Sep 11, 2009 at 3:42 PM

    Great tips. Cango Caves looks like a lot of fun.

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Aug 30, 2009 at 6:42 AM

    So glad that you enjoyedyour visit to Oudtshoorn. Our last visit there was when our kids were quite young, about 18 years ago. Would love to go back one day.


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