Between the Outeniqua Mountains and the Swartberg Mountains you will find Oudtshoorn, a small town situated in the Western Cape and the capital of the Little Karoo. This great destination is home to many attractions! For example, you’ll find the fantastic Cango Caves here, Africa’s largest and only show cave system. Be amazed by the greatest dripstone caverns with their vast halls and towering formations. Ostrich farms started occurring in Oudtshoorn around 1900 due to the ideal climate for ostrich farming in the Little Karoo. Oudtshoorn is therefore now known as the ostrich capital of South Africa. During a visit to an ostrich farm and/or museum you will be taught about the ostriches and their history and have an opportunity to feed them! Even though the opportunity is often offered, from an ethical point of view, we do urge you not to ride them. The scenery of the region is also astounding and an ecological hotspot where three distinct plant biomes (succulent karoo, cape thicket and fynbos) converge. Take a scenic drive up the Swartberg Pass, which is part of the Cape Floral World Heritage Site.
Buffelsdrift Game Lodge
Buffelsdrift is 4-star luxury tented accommodation in Oudtshoorn. Just off the famous Route 62, with the Swartberg Mountains backdrop and an outstanding waterhole at your doorstep, Buffelsdrift Game Lodge offers you a spectacular experience. With a bit of luck you will see some hippos or some of the other free-roaming animals around the waterhole. Buffelsdrift Game Lodge consists of 29 freestanding luxury tents offering you a true safari experience with stylishly decorated and luxury rooms. Each tent has a king or twin beds, en-suite bathroom, private outdoor hot water shower, air conditioning, minibar, tea and coffee facilities and free WiFi. All meals and two game drives a day are included in your stay. The restaurant of Buffelsdrift Game Lodge previously won the prize for ‘Top Wine List’. Children of all ages are welcome at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge.
At only 8 kilometres from the authentic Oudtshoorn, you will find the hidden jewel, Africa Inn. The lodge is situated in between the Outeniqua and Swartberg Mountains and overlooks the beautiful Cango Valley, offering guests breathtaking views from their rooms. Both chalets and the rondavels are self catering with each chalet featuring a private pool, a lounge, outdoor shower and BBQ (braai) facilities. Each rondavel features a bathroom with bath and shower, kitchenette and a spacious bed. In the surroundings of the lodge you can join several adventurous and memorable activities. You can visit Cango Caves, visit one of the ostrich farms or go wine tasting at the Karusa Winery. Children of all ages are welcome at Africa Inn.
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