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About Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn is situated in the Western Cape of South Africa. Oudtshoorn backpacking tours are a highlight of any Cape adventure and offer a range of attractions for visitors.

Oudtshoorn Budget Travel

Below is a list of Oudtshoorn's top activities, click on the link to view all details and tours.

Cango Caves, Oudtshoorn Ostrich Farm Visit

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Oudtshoorn airports include the following:
•Cape Town International Airport
•Oudtshoorn Airport


Oudtshoorn birdlife is mostly synonymous with ostriches - the large flightless birds which are farmed in the region for meat, leather and feathers. Other species to be seen includes African Fish Eagle, Pale Chanting Goshawk, Jackal Buzzard, Barn Owl, Cape Robin, Karoo Robin, Egyptian Goose, Reed Cormorant and Peacock.


Oudtshoorn conservation is very developed, with a number of wildlife and nature reserves found within the region. Key reserves include the Cango Wildlife Ranch, plus the nearby Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, Meiringspoort Nature Reserve, Swartberg Reserve and Gamkaberg Reserve.


Oudtshoorn is a malaria free zone, so you will not have to worry about malaria medication, unless you are planning to travel to a malaria zone in South Africa or to a known malaria zone country in Africa. If you are travelling to a malaria zone after your visit to Oudtshoorn, talk to a local doctor about malaria medication you will need to take.


Oudtshoorn money and banking info includes the following:
•Banks and ATMs can be found across the town
•Credit cards are accepted at some outlets, but not every outlet
•Currency can be exchanged at the airport or banks
•Travelers cheques can be exchanged at the airport or banks, at varying rates


Oudtshoorn plant life is rich and varied, with a number of vegetation regions ranging from mountain fynbos, dry fynbos, fire-prone transitional shrub and woodlands, succulents and tracts of shrub, to patches of indigenous forests in the kloofs.

Safety Tips

•Oudtshoorn is a very safe and friendly place to visit
•Crime is almost non-existent in this small sleepy town
•Just to be on the safe side and to avoid tempation, do not leave valuables lying around in cars or hotel rooms
•Do not ever wander off alone during a Cango Cave tour - and listen to your guide at all times
•Take basic precautions around wild animals, and be wary around the ostriches - these birds have quite a kick!

Travel Books

Oudtshoorn recommended travel books include the following:
•The Geology of the Cango caves, Oudtshoorn, C.P. by Lester Charles King
•The Garden Route and Little Karoo by Leon Nell
•Guide to the Little Karoo, Route 62 and Overberg by Brent Naude-Moseley and Steve Moseley
•Oudtshoorn: A Visitor's Guide to the Ostrich Capital of the World by Leon Nell
•The Rough Guide to Cape Town & the Garden Route by Tony Pinchuck and Barbara McCrea


A number of Oudtshoorn wildlife can be seen at the Cango Wildlife Ranch, as well as the nearby Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. Species to be seen ranges from typical game found in the Little Karoo area such as red hartebeest, eland, klipspringer, duiker and zebra, as well as lion, cheetah, Madagascar lemur, tiger and many other species.


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