Oudtshoorn Tourist Attractions

Many visitors following the Garden Route make a side trip (70km/43mi inland) to Oudtshoorn, the world's principal ostrich- breeding center.

Ostrich Farms

A number of ostrich farms in Oudtshoorn offer visitors a conducted tour lasting one or two hours on which they learn all about ostrich breeding. They will be shown round the breeding houses, they will discover how hard the shells of ostrich eggs are (well able to stand the weight of a man) and with luck may see the ostrich chicks emerging from the egg. Other attractions are a ride on an ostrich (not always possible to avoid falling off!) and ostrich races. Tours of this kind are offered, for example, by the Highgate Ostrich Show Farm and the Safari Show Farm (both near R 328, the road to Mossel Bay, some 10km/6mi southwest of the town center and the Cango Ostrich Farm, on the road from Oudtshoorn to the Cango Caves.
And when in Oudtshoorn visitors should not miss the opportunity of sampling the delicate lean meat of the ostrich, for example in the Godfather Restaurant.
Address: 61 Voortrekker Road, South Africa

C.P. Nel Museum

In Oudtshoorn's main street is the C. P. Nel Museum housed in a sandstone building of 1907 with a striking bell-tower. Its collections range from artifacts illustrating the culture of the Bushmen to fashionable costumes with ostrich feathers and domestic equipment.
Address: 3 Baron van Rheede Street, Oudtshoorn, Western Cape 6620, South Africa

Cango Wildlife Ranch & Cheetahland

On the outskirts of Oudtshoorn (on R 328, the road to the Cango Caves) is the Cango Wildlife Ranch and Cheetahland, with over 300 crocodiles as well as snakes, cheetahs, lions and leopards, ponies and hippopotamuses.
Address: Box 559, Oudtshoorn, Western Cape 6620, South Africa

De Zeekoe Guest Farm and Reserve

De Zeekoe Guest Farm and Reserve is a 2,000 ha farm offering on-site accomodations for a traditional African experience. Visitors can enjoy hiking, cycling, lovely scenery and the chance to get up close and personal with meerkats.
Address: Box 226, Oudtshoorn, Western Cape 6620, South Africa


The house once occupied by C. J. Langenhoven, a lawyer who came to Oudtshoorn in 1899 and composed the South African national anthem here, is now a museum.
Address: Jan van Riebeeckweg 217, South Africa

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