Enjoy a fun-filled experience in Oudtshoorn.
Experience the world’s largest bird, the ostrich, which lays the largest egg, has the most beautiful feathers and healthy meat.
In the main yard, you will be shown different ostrich feathers, the incubators and how they work, gizzard stones, and you can feed the ostriches yourself! The farmlands show the anatomy of an ostrich, and, for the brave, you may even get the chance to ride one!
The highlight of our tours is when we end off with a traditional ostrich race performed by our professional jockeys. You can take part in our ostrich derby as a spectator along the longest Ostrich race track in the world !
29km from Oudtshoorn, at the head of the picturesque Cango Valley, lies the spectacular underground wonder of the Klein Karoo – the Cango Caves. Situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the well known Swartberg Mountains, you will find the finest dripstone caverns, with their vast halls and towering formations.
Cango Caves is the only show cave in Africa which offers a choice of Standard (easy) or Adventure Tours. All tours are lead by experienced, knowledgeable and accredited Caves Guides. All tours are offered in English but Afrikaans, German, French and other language guide may be available (please check guide availability when making reservations).
Upon arrival you will be greeted by your guide who will inform you of when your tour will start. During your wait (which will not be more than half an hour ) you can view our snake park, lorikeet aviary, wallaby walkabout, kids zone, visit our curio shops or have a bite to eat at one of our restaurants.
Your guided tour will take you through the Valley of Ancients with its variety of animals and reptiles, then off to Cheetahland where you will meet our big cats. A tour will last anything from 45 – 60 minutes. We recommend visitors set aside at least 2 hours to experience everything we have to offer.
The Ostrich Feather Boom period at the beginning of the 20th Century allowed the local enthusiasts to build new schools in the area. This led British architect, Charles Bullock to open his office in Oudtshoorn in 1903.
In the same year the Cape Superintendent of Education, Thomas Muir recommended they build a new boys school to replace the school of 1881.
The plot was bought for £6000 (R 12 000) and a building tender of £7850 (R 15 700) was accepted. In 1907 this beautiful sandstone building was officially opened as the Boys High School.
The owner of Minwater, Louis Jordaan, possesses a wealth of knowledge of his veld in general and the plants that grow on Minwater in particular. The following remarks speak for themselves:
“And believe me, if you thought for a second that the succulent karoo was boring, then this is the tonic you need. This man brings the veld to life; in fact this is, without doubt, the best interpretive floral tour that I came across in all my travels for this book.” and “Louis is an absolute fundi with a contagious passion for the Karoo.” Fiona McIntosh in Southbound Guide to South Africa’s World Heritage Sites: Cape Floral Region Protected Areas.
The waterfall is hidden among the bracken-clad heights; therefore a walk over little bridges is required along the mountain trail. You are inspired by the beautiful wild flowers that bloom in great profusion alongside the path while far below amidst ferns and undergrowth, a powerful river ripples over rocky edges.
Our unspoiled UNESCO World Heritage Site
Share our passion, knowledge & experience on the fauna, flora, history & geology of the Swartberg Mountain & Swartberg Pass.
Your specialist in day trips and ECO excursions on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site near Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape.
We have a tour to suit every budget and time-scale; whether you only have a few hours, or a whole day, you will have an excellent time out with Swartberg Mountain Tours!