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Oudtshoorn & Surrounds - Ideal South Africa Travel Destination
Situated in the Little Karoo in the Western Cape Province, Oudtshoorn and its surrounds boast a number of top tourist attractions in South Africa. Although this area of South Africa may often be overlooked by individuals who may simply be after an exhilarating South African safari, one should truly try to incorporate this area into your South Africa travel itinerary.
Wine lovers will be pleased to know that the town of Oudtshoorn marks the beginning of the Route 62 Wine Route which is also called the Cape Route 62. This wine route allows visitors to travel along a scenic road called the R62 which leads to numerous well known wine farms and small towns in this beautiful area of the Western Cape. Each of these areas along this route have something unique to offer visitors such as African safaris, canoeing, horse riding, canopy tours and even hot spring baths.
The famous Cango Caves are situated near the town of Oudtshoorn and make for an interesting and exciting outing. The Caves offer two packages, one for the more adventurous and a standard tour for those on a family tour of South Africa. The Cango Caves are known to be one of the world’s most amazing natural wonders as the caves were formed over millions of years, leaving the most interesting limestone formations in an array of colours and shapes.
On the way to the caves one can stop over at the Cango Ostrich Show Farm where visitors can learn more about these magnificent creatures and even interact with them. The more daring may even want to try their skills at riding an ostrich! The Chandelier Game Lodge & Ostrich Show Farm is also located a mere 7 kilometres from Oudtshoorn and here you can enjoy a true South African safari with a guided game drive.
Only 3 kilometres from Oudtshoorn one will find the Cango Wildlife Ranch. Although visitors will not be able to enjoy safaris at the Ranch, there are few places that allow visitors to get so close to a number of wild animals. Many may say this unique experience is even more exhilarating than a regular family safari! At the Cango Wildlife Ranch visitors can cage dive with crocodiles, get close to and interact with a number of big cats such as tigers, lions and cheetahs, all whilst being educated about the conservation of South Africa’s rich wildlife.
The numerous 4x4 routes near Oudtshoorn will allow visitors on a self drive tour of South Africa an opportunity to experience the beauty of the surrounding area in a unique and exciting way. There are 4x4 vehicles for hire or one can opt to have a guided 4x4 tour of the area.
Art and craft shops are abundant in an around Oudtshoorn with many stocking numerous authentic ostrich curios which are perfect for overseas travellers looking for special mementos or gifts to take back home. Cultural experiences are must during a South Africa tour to the Little or Klein Karoo. Ma Betty’s Xhosa Cultural Village in Oudtshoorn gives visitors an opportunity to experience the Xhosa culture and traditions. Visitors may enjoy a Xhosa meal with entertainment such as traditional dances and music and can even explore the healing traditions of the Xhosa people.
Oudtshoorn is also known as the birthplace of the Afrikaans culture and language. Every year a large festival known as the Klein Karoo Nationale Kunstefees or Klein Karoo National Arts Festival is held in the area. Here visitors come from far and wide to celebrate the Afrikaans Culture. If your South Africa tour does not coincide with the festival, do not despair. The home of C.J. Langenhoven who wrote South Africa’s first national Anthem and a number of other pieces in Afrikaans is now a museum called Arbeidsgenot, and is situated in Oudtshoorn.Visitors can explore his home and learn about the Afrikaans culture and language.
With so many things to do for all tastes and ages, one should really make an effort to incorporate the Cape Route 62 into a family tour of South Africa. The route is an ideal way for one to travel through this beautiful area of South Africa and experience the many attractions it has to offer.
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