CLASSIC OUDTSHOORN TRIO
CLASSIC OUDTSHOORN TRIO
Classic Oudtshoorn Trio Guided Day Tour
SAFARI OSTRICH FARM | CANGO WILDLIFE RANCH | CANGO CAVES | LIGHT LUNCH
5 Departure Points
Depart from any of the following locations:
George, Knysna, Mossel Bay, Oudtshoorn & Plettenberg Bay
All Entrance Fees and Light Lunch Included.
Our prices on this tour include all entrance fees to any excursion within the tour itinerary as well as a light lunch.
The towns of Oudtshoorn and De Rust are in the Klein Karoo between the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains. Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world. The world’s biggest bird is just one of the many attractions in this area of exceptional contrasts and natural beauty. The region is home to the spectacular Cango Caves, Africa’s largest show cave system; an ecological hotspot where three distinct plant biomes (succulent karoo, cape thicket and fynbos) converge; and the Swartberg mountain range, which is part of the Cape Floral World Heritage Site.
The ostrich capital of the world is an adventure, culture and environment destination in the Klein Karoo – the unique semi-arid landscape that lies between the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountain ranges.
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AT A GLANCE
The ostrich capital of the world is an adventure, culture and environment destination in the Klein Karoo
The animals resident at the Cango Wildlife Ranch come from all over the world and are here for a huge variety of reasons.
The 20 million year-old Cango Caves system consists of a series of hidden chambers cut deep into a thick limestone rock layer.
Welcome to the ostrich capital of the world – Oudtshoorn. On arrival, you will meet one of our professional guides, who will take you on an unforgettable tour, where you will learn more about these remarkable birds and their fascinating nature.
Between 1875 and 1880, ostrich prices reached up to GBP 1,000 a pair. The value of ostrich feathers, per pound, equaled almost that of diamonds. The farmers of the region, realising that ostriches were far more profitable than any other activity, ripped out their other crops and planted lucerne, which was used as feed for the ostriches.
The main reason for the surge in Oudtshoorn’s prosperity was the ostrich, whose feathers had become fashionable accessories among European nobility. The end of World War II opened new markets for ostrich leather and meat.
A visit to Oudtshoorn would be incomplete without including an ostrich show farm on your itinerary.
Our climate here in the “Klein Karoo” is ideal for these large birds to breed and live. The Oudtshoorn and Karoo area can also be seen as the ostrich capital of the world and it was also here where the big ostrich feather and leather boom happened.
Cango Wildlife Ranch
Welcome to the Cango Wildlife Ranch and Valley of Ancients, endangered species breeding facility extraordinaire. The oldest and biggest cheetah contact centre world-wide offers visitors the rare opportunity of interacting with our hand-reared cheetahs and getting actively involved in saving this species and others from extinction.
We invite you and the whole family to pay us a visit and explore the facts and fiction surrounding crocodiles, view elegant cheetahs and giggle at the antics of our Bengal tiger cubs. For the adventurous we offer face to face encounters with wildlife in our Natural Encounters programme where you can touch a cheetah, enjoy the closeness of a tiger cub, wrap yourself in a python and even dive with Nile crocodiles.
Without you, the visitor, facilities like the Cango Wildlife Ranch would not be possible and without facilities like ours, wildlife will become yet another issue we wished we had paid more attention to when it was still possible.
Run the race against extinction with us while having the time of your life – Welcome to Cango Wildlife Ranch,the conservation heart of the Little Karoo!
The Cango Caves
The Cango Caves is a cultural and natural landmark in South Africa. The 20 million year-old Cango Caves system consists of a series of hidden chambers cut deep into a thick limestone rock layer. It is situated in the Swartberg Mountains, 30 kilometres north of Oudtshoorn, in South Africa’s Western Cape Province.
The Cango Caves became a popular attraction during the 1800s. Many visitors broke off stalagmites and stalactites and wrote their names on the walls. In response, the then governor of the Cape, Lord Charles Somerset, published the first Caves Regulation in 1820. It was designed to protect an environmental resource and banned the collection of souvenirs. Entrance to the caves cost the equivalent of six dollars, the modern equivalent of about R500. Many of the significant discoveries of the caves were made by the first full-time guide, Johnnie van Wassenaar, who opened many of the side chambers and introduced thousands of people to Cango 1, which remains the only part of the caves open to the public.
- Frequently described as one of the great Natural Wonders of The World.
- The biggest show cave system in Africa.
- Inhabited since the Early Stone Age.
- It is South Africa’s oldest tourist attraction.
- The formations are unique: they would not have normally formed in this area and are a result of faulting.
Tour Additional Info
- Rates are subject to availability on confirmation and are valid until 30 September 2022.
- Rates are subject to change due to activity operator price adjustments and volatile fuel price changes.
- Advertised vehicles are subject to availability.
- • All toll fees included where applicable.
• Entry fees to activities
• Light lunch
- Porterage & Gratuity are not included in any fare.
- Waters are not included but can be supplied at an additional cost of
R12 per 330ml unit or R15 per 500ml unit.
- Surcharge of R250 per hour could apply should diversions of the itinerary be requested
- Bar bill during lunch
- A waiting fee will be raised at R 250 per hour/part thereof for deviation
from agreed departure time. This does not apply to delayed flights.
- It is by law a requirement that all vehicles with guests on board have a
name list and detailed itinerary.
- Full Day tours are strictly from 08:00 to 17:00 or 09:00 to 18:00.
- Half Day tours are strictly 5 hours – AM or PM.