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Pull on your hiking boots and immerse yourself in the sun-soaked town of Oudtshoorn. A couple of ostrich booms in the 19th and 20th century has given the town the moniker of “ostrich capital of the world,” but ostrich farms are only some of the highlights in this mountainous city. Head underground to see huge limestone stalactites as your journey through the chambers of Cango Caves. End your time tripping across South Africa in elegant accommodation at an estate full of absolute luxury in the province of Western Cape.
Ostrich Show Farms
Rust en Vrede Waterfall
Surval Boutique Olive Estate
Start your adventure at the Congo Caves which are located in the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains. An adventure tour leads you through tunnels and striking stalactites that hang from the ceiling. These gigantic chambers, formed over thousands of years, is a place to step back and look up in awe at Middle Stone Age findings.
The ostrich is the world’s largest bird—a visit to one of the numerous farms in Oudtshoorn will bring you up close to these flightless birds. Several farms are run by families and homesteads offer a quaint touch in this countryside setting. Watch on as jockeys mount birds and race at speeds in excess of 40 miles per hour. Fun fact: Ostriches have three stomachs, and a wingspan of two metres.
Meerkats are only found in Africa, and although they may only be 12 inches tall, they’re the most murderous creatures on earth. Rise early and witness as mobs warm their belly in the dawning sun. A walking tour to see these tiny omnivores will be one full of personality as you watch these cute, cuddly, and social animals interact.
Within the stark mountainous landscapes of Klein Karoo are fruits that produce world-class wine, adorn farmlands, and hang from indigenous trees. Let nature lead as you walk a trail that takes you to Rust en Vrede Waterfall, a place that’s as sumptuous in beauty as the picnic you’ll feast on whilst sat by falling water.
A place of luxury and excellence, the Surval Boutique Olive Estate is unrivalled for its service and tranquillity. Awake to the orchestral sounds of birds as they hum from the branches of trees. On this harmonious estate at the foot of a mountain, modern cuisine and fine wine go hand in hand after a day exploring the countryside. As night falls, sit back with a glass of wine on decking and take in views of the lush meadows of Schoemanshoek Valley.
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