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.


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$561.18 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6-Day Garden Route and Addo Adventure from Cape Town

The 6-Day Garden Route and Addo South African Adventure from Cape Town is a fast-paced, adventure-packed tour showcasing the best of what the African continent has to offer.Day 1: Start your trip by visiting a colony of endangered African Penguins in Betties Bay and enjoy lunch in Hermanus, a location where many Southern Right Whales are spotted. Spend the night in Cape Agulhas, the most southern tip of the African continent, and savor a traditional South African stew for supper.Day 2: Continue your journey by crossing the mountains towards the Little Karoo and sample local wine before heading on to explore the Cango Caves. Spend the night in Oudtshoorn and sample ostrich kebabs for supper.Day 3: Explore the Wilderness National Park on the Touw River in a canoe. Visit the famous seaside town of Knysna and spend the night in Myoli Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Day 4: Travel to the beautifully located Tsitsikamma National Park and enjoy some leisure time. Explore the Eastern Cape and spend the night in a working citrus farm. Day 5: Continue your journey the next day by spending the morning on a game drive in the Addo Elephant National Park and spend the night in the beautiful seaside town of Wilderness or Mossel Bay.Day 6: On the last day of your tour, continue on to the Garden Route town of Mossel Bay to witness all the beauty the region has to offer. Conclude your journey back in Cape Town.

$532.03 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Garden Route, Addo 5-Day Tour from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth

The 5-Day Garden Route and Addo South African Adventure is a fast-paced, adventure-packed tour showcasing the best of what the African continent has to offer.Day 1: Visit a colony of endangered African Penguins in Betties Bay, followed by lunch in Hermanus. Hermanus is known for being a location where you can see Southern Right Whales who are usually spotted from July to November. Continue your journey on to Cape Agulhas, the furthest Southern point of the African continent. Spend the night in Cape Agulhas and enjoy a traditional potjie (South African stew) for supper. Day 2: Cross the mountains towards the Little Karoo, a semi-desert area with a very different landscape from the coastline. Sample local wine in the area and continue on to explore the Cango Caves. Spend the night in Oudtshoorn, known as the Ostrich Capital of the World, and sample ostrich kebabs for supper. Day 3: Venture back to the coastline and experience a canoe ride through the Wilderness National Park on the Touw River. Explore the park and it's native forest, waterfall and rock pools. In the afternoon, visit the famous seaside town of Knysna, enjoy lunch or shopping at the Knysna Waterfront. Enjoy a typical African barbeque for dinner and spend the night in Myoli Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.Day 4: Travel to the Tsitsikamma National Park, known for its beautiful coastline by the Indian Ocean and native forest. Feel free to take some leisure time for hiking, crossing a suspension bridge, swimming or simply enjoying a drink overlooking the ocean. In the afternoon, explore the Eastern Cape, and spend the night in a working citrus farm in the Addo area. Day 5: Spend the morning on a game drive in the Addo Elephant National Park, home to amazing wildlife such as lions, leopards, buffaloes, rhinos and more than 600 elephants. After an exciting morning of game viewing, clients will be dropped off at the location of their choice in Port Elizabeth, where the tour ends between approximately 1pm and 2pm on Friday

$663.21 Multi-day & Extended Tours

7-Day Garden Route, Winelands and Addo Safari from Cape Town

5-day Garden Route Tour section Day 1: Depart from Cape Town Start the scenic journey and reach Wilderness area for a canoe ride in pure nature by afternoon. Paddle on a calm river that winds through lush forests and mountains. Overnight in Sedgefield. Day 2: Awake early to visit Knysna to walk to The Heads - two sandstone cliffs that flank the mouth of the lagoon. Explore Tsitsikamma National Park with a guided walk along shady forest paths or partake in an optional waterfall zip-line (own expense) across waterfalls. Bungee jump from a 216-meter bridge above the Bloukrans River (own expense) or enjoy more leisure time to explore Tsitsikamma's forests. Spend the next two nights in Jefferys Bay. Day 3: Get an early morning start for a game drive trip in the tour van at Addo Elephant National Park, the third largest national park in South Africa. Home to over 550 wild elephants, lions, buffalo, black rhino and a variety of antelope species. Hop aboard an additional 4x4 Addo Safari (own expense) for further game spotting. In the afternoon return to Jeffreys Bay to try optional surfing or sandboarding (own expense) in one of the world's most famous surf spots. Day 4:  Travel on the infamous Route 62 to overnight at Oudtshoorn.Visit a working ostrich farm to learn about these fascinating birds. Walk through this subterranean wonderland during a tour of the Cango Caves' vast halls and towering stalactites and stalagmites. Return to the wild for an optional late afternoon game drive in a 4x4 vehicle at a private game reserve (own expense). Day 5:  The following morning, take part in an optional 'walking with elephants' experience at the game reserve (own expense) to learn about and walk with orphaned elephants. In the afternoon you'll return along scenic Route 62, the longest wine route in the world, to sample some of the local wine. Reach Stellenbosch in the evening to spend your night at leisure. 2-day Winelands & Whale Coast Tour section Day 6:  Your guide will meet you in the morning to set off to Stellenbosch. It's time for sparkling wine MCC and wine tasting, pairing some of the best with locally produced chocolate or optional biltong. Continue back down to the coast via Franschhoek to reach Cape Agulhas at the southernmost tip of Africa. Day 7: Venture down to Hemanus to kayak (own expense) or hop aboard an Whale watching cruise (own expense) for a chance to spot some of the Marine Big Five during whale season. Hike the famous cliff path of Hermanus and then Betty's Bay penguin reserve to get up close and personal with a large colony of penguins in their natural habitat, before one final last stop at Clarence Drive viewpoint. The tour ends in Cape Town late afternoon.

$911.01 Luxury & Special Occasions

Cape Town to Garden Route: 5-Day Luxury Group Tour with Safari

Day 1: Cape Town - Wilderness - Sedgefield Visit Wilderness for a canoe ride. Paddle on a calm river that winds through lush forests and mountains. Have the evening at your leisure. Overnight in Sedgefield area at 4-star Dover on Sea Guest house or Wilderness Beach Villas or similar. Day 2: Knysna - Tsitsikamma National Park - Jeffreys Bay (B) Awake early to visit the lively town of Knysna and take an easy walk to the Knysna Heads, two eye-catching sandstone cliffs that flank the mouth of the lagoon. Standing 709 feet (216 meters) above the Bloukrans River, the world’s highest commercial bridge bungy jump awaits you if you are daring enough. If you're not in for the plunge, watch the seemingly crazy bungee jumpers from land and traverse the forests of the Tsitsikamma area. Then explore Tsitsikamma National Park, home to shady forest paths set against a dramatic coastal landscape. Overnight the next 2 nights in Jefferys Bay at 4-star On The Beach Guest house or similar. Day 3: Addo National Park - Jeffreys Bay (B) Start the morning with a game drive in the tour bus around Addo Elephant National Park, the third largest national park in South Africa. It's home to over 550 wild elephants and most of the Big Five animals. You can choose an additional 4x4 Addo safari (own expense) for a further chance to game spot. In the afternoon, you’ll return to Jeffrey's Bay for relaxing beach time or to try optional surfing or sandboarding (own expense). Overnight the next 2 nights in Jefferys Bay at 4-star On The Beach Guest house or similar.  Day 4: Route 62 - Tsitsikamma - Oudtshoorn (B) Travel on the famous Route 62 to Oudtshoorn. Take part in an optional waterfall zip-line (own expense) across the nearby Kruis River waterfalls.   Visit an ostrich farm to learn about these fascinating flightless birds. Return to the wild for an optional 4x4 game drive - led by a game ranger, at a private game reserve (own expense). Overnight in Oudtshoorn at 4-star Buffelsdrift Lodge, 4-star Surval Boutique Olive Estate or similar. Day 5: Cango Caves - Route 62 - Cape Town Take part in an optional ‘meet the elephants’ experience at a nearby reserve (own expense) to learn about these gentle giants. Walk through a subterranean wonderland on a guided tour of the Cango Caves. In the afternoon, return via Route 62, the world longest wine route for a wine tasting stop. Reach Cape Town in the evening. Throughout your journey, your guide provides commentary and suggests top restaurants for dinner.  This package is part of a group tour and other customers may sleep at 4-star, 3-star or budget backpacker accommodation.

$393.55 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Garden Route Private 3-Day Tour with Game Drive from Cape Town

Get a taste of South Africa’s legendary Garden Route on this private 3-day tour, led by your own personal guide. Travel along the scenic Route 62, and discover rugged desert regions such as the Klein Karoo as well as blissful coastal scenery and nature reserves. Your tour includes private round-trip transport, two nights of accommodation in your choice of either 3- or 4-star hotels in Oudtshoorn and Sedgefield, and guided visits to many attractions.Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required.

$772.53 Cultural & Theme Tours

3 Day Garden Route Tours

Day 1 We depart at about 08h00 from your hotel in Cape Town and head north via the Du Toit’s Kloof Mountain pass on our first League of the journey. Cape Town to Oudtshoorn the Ostrich capital.The R62 known as the longest wine route in the world takes us through the beautiful towns of  Robertson, Montagu and Ladysmith. En-route we stop for some wine tasting and lunch. The journey takes us through the Little Karoo where you will observe the scenery changing from lush greens to brown semi-desert areas making this a day of surprises. We arrive at Hotel in Oudtshoorn, where we will overnight.Oudtshoorn is the commercial hub of the Klein Karoo and the ostrich capital of the world. Here ostriches are found in great numbers and the region produces the best feathers, leather products and ostrich meat worldwide.We visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch to learn more about crocodile, cheetah, reptiles and the other animals onsite, with a chance to view cheetah, tiger, lion, puma, and jaguar. Day 2 After breakfast we visit the world famous Cango Caves where we take a guided tour full of fascinating things to see.From the Caves we travel to an Ostrich farm on the other end of Oudtshoorn. You will receive a tour of a working Ostrich farm and possibly have the opportunity to ride an ostrich. You will also learn more about ostrich breeding habits and of the bygone days when Oudtshoorn was in the midsts of the 1920’s ostrich feather boom.We travel over the Outeniqua Mountains to Knysna. As we pass over mountain passes you will see how the scenery changes and understand why the area is known as the Garden Route. We arrive at the Knysna Quays Hotel in Knysna, where we overnight.Day 3 Today after breakfast we visit Plettenberg bay there after the Knysna heads and spend some leisure time at the Knysna waterfront where you will be able to do some shopping. After lunch we head for Cape Town via Mosselbay and passing the rolling hills of Swellendam to arrive in Cape town at about 17h00