Oudtshoorn, Western Cape, South Africa

Ostriches in OUdtshoorn.

Oudtshoorn is the largest town in the little Karoo. Historically, its commercial success was based on the Europeans need for the beautiful features of the town's loveliest and leggiest inhabitants - the Ostrich.

However, as Ostrich feathers went out of fashion, the huge, stylish homes built in feathery fortunes fell into disrepair. The town has since recovered and the majestic bird is still in great demand, for its textures skin and low cholesterol, low fat meat.

A great way to explore the area is on an escorted scenic trip, with the option of cycling and enjoying traditional cuisine. There is also some magnificent rock art in the area. The nearby town of Calitzdorp is well known for producing quality port, and the town of De Rust on the other side makes excellent red wine.

Oudtshoorn is situated on the R62, about 400 kilometres from Cape Town. The nearest airport is George, situated about 60 kilometres away. Oudtshoorn is also home to one of the world's greatest wonders, the magnificent Cango Caves. It is situated only 30 kilometres from Oudtshoorn and lies in the Swartberg Mountain range. The Cango Caves boast some of the biggest stalagmite formations in the world.

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