Oudtshoorn, South Africa, and is the largest city in the Little Karoo, situated about 420km from Cape Town. Home to the world’s largest ostrich population, this is a great place to take a tour of an ostrich farm. We touched, fed, sat on and even rode the birds as part of the tour. There is so much to learn about these flightless birds. For example, did you know that one ostrich egg is equivalent in volume to 24 chicken eggs? Each egg weighs between 1.5-2.3kg and humans can stand on the eggs without breaking them.
Another major attraction we visited is the Cango Caves – the only show caves in Africa. The limestone tunnel system goes on for about 4km but the guided tours (the only way to explore these caves) takes you about 1km in where you can see many halls and tunnels, as well as stalactites and stalagmites. We chose to go as far in as the public is allowed, which took us up some very narrow tunnels. It was a little hair raising, but great fun. The tour guide was interesting and informative.
The Cango Wildlife Range is home to many interesting and endangered species of animal. One of the biggest draws is the opportunity for guests to have personal encounter with cheetahs. Another is the opportunity to dive in a cage with Nile crocodiles!
Oudtshoorn also has many art galleries, a museum, colonial architecture and a waterfall.