Welcome to Oudtshoorn
In the late 1860s, no self-respecting society lady in the Western world would be seen dead without an ostrich plume adorning her headgear. The fashion lasted until the slump of 1914 and during this time the ‘feather barons’ of Oudtshoorn made their fortunes.
You can still see their gracious homes, along with other architectural pointers to Oudtshoorn’s former wealth such as the CP Nel Museum, formerly a school. The town remains the 'ostrich capital of the world' and is now the prosperous tourist centre of the Little Karoo.