Top things to do

Top Choice Cafe in Montagu

Barn on 62

Grab a spot under the trees and enjoy a lunch of home-baked pie and salad or a slice of cake with Montagu's best cup of coffee. There's a kids' play area in the garden. It's at the start of Long St as you arrive fro…
Top Choice South African in Oudtshoorn

Jemima’s

With a small menu specialising in traditional South African fare, this long-running restaurant is set in an attractive old house and garden. After your meal try a swepie, a mix of brandy and jerepigo (a dessert wine…
Cave in Oudtshoorn

Cango Caves

Named after the Khoe-San word for ‘a wet place’, the Cango Caves are heavily commercialised but still very impressive. The one-hour tour gives just a glimpse, while the 90-minute Adventure Tour (adult/child R165/100…
Wildlife Reserve in Barrydale

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

A Big Five reserve in the Little Karoo, 18km west of Barrydale, with wildlife activities for those staying in its three ultra-luxurious lodges.
Winery in Barrydale

Barrydale Cellar

Although it looks like a characterless industrial cellar from the roadside, the tasting room and restaurant on the river bank are actually quite charming. The cellar is best known for brandy but you can also taste w…
Farm in Oudtshoorn

Safari Ostrich Show Farm

After meeting, greeting and feeding some of the birds, you hop on a tractor for a short drive through the farm. The entertaining tour continues through the incubation room and inevitably ends in the souvenir shop wh…
South African in Montagu

Rambling Rose

Great for brunch, lunch or cake, this shop-cum-restaurant serves an array of dishes including Cape Malay curry, seafood, steak and salad. The shop sells all manner of local produce and is a great place to stock up o…
Bistro in Oudtshoorn

Nostalgie

This quaint tea garden, complete with lace tablecloths, is great for breakfast, or coffee with a slice of home-baked cake. There are more than a dozen ostrich dishes on the lunch and dinner menu, including carpaccio…
International in Oudtshoorn

Black Swan

There are tables outside and in the atmospheric dining room at this large restaurant at the northern end of town. The menu is small but fairly varied, featuring a few traditional dishes and, of course, the requisite…
International in Oudtshoorn

Colony Restaurant

Based in Queen's Hotel, this smart restaurant serves local fare like Karoo lamb, Cape Malay curry and venison, as well as a range of international dishes.