Oudtshoorn

World-renowned for the Cango Caves and as the Ostrich Capital, but there's much more to Oudtshoorn than just that!

Surrounded by natural beauty, Oudtshoorn is situated at the foot of the majestic Swartberg Mountain range. Numerous rivers, streams and falls have their origins in the Swartberg, Outeniqua and Kamanassie ranges around the town.

Waterfalls abound, and visitors can safely visit two spectacular examples at Rus en Vrede and at Meiringspoort - a narrow, vertical cleft in the Swartberg Mountain, with the road through crossing the Meiring's River no less than 32 times!

Amidst the 400 ostrich farms surrounding the town, three have distinguished themselves worthy enough to be named show farms. Get to know this exotic bird species, and, for the more adventurous, take an ostrich ride.

BUFFELSDRIFT Game Lodge is a sprawling game farm in the fertile Cango Valley at the foot of the Swartberg Mountains – South Africa's 6th World Heritage Site.
Lush Succulent Karoo vegetation and a 5 ha natural waterhole create a haven for a variety of game species including: elephants, rhino and Cape buffalo (3 of the Big Five); giraffe; hippo; Cape Mountain zebra; Eland; Kudu and Springbok. Enthusiastic bird watcher's will enjoy trying to identify the more than 217 bird species to be found in the area, the ostrich of course being the easiest.

Situated 7 km outside Oudtshoorn, the Lodge is in the heart of ostrich country, half-an-hour's drive from the Swartberg Mountain Nature Reserve and the isolated valley of Gamkaskloof ("Die Hell"). It lies just off the famous Route 62 and is part of the scenic circle route – Oudtshoorn – the Swartberg Mountain Pass – via the historic village of Prince Albert – through the spectacular Meiringspoort gorge which you exit just before the quaint village of De Rust, after which you return to Oudtshoorn.

Trained guides will escort guests on an early morning or late afternoon game drive (bush safari) in an open game viewing vehicle, with a pitstop at one of the lookout points – presenting the perfect opportunity for spectacular photographs and a chance to relax and enjoy the views.

Ice-cold sundowners served on the lookout deck next to the open-air bar mark the end of a perfect day with the sun setting over the mountains.

Bush Safari
Take a bush safari in a Safari vehicle to a panoramic lookout point where refreshments will be enjoyed while taking in the natural beauty of the environment and paying homage to the majestic Swartberg Mountains. Duration 2 hours.

Elephant Walk Safaris
Join our 3 baby elephants for a early morning or late afternoon walk around our waterhole and watch the sun set on the horizon. Duration 1 hour.

Elephant Experience
Elephant experience offers an opportunity to interact and feed our elephants. Get to know these gentle giants by name and their meanings from close up, feel the texture of their skin, scratch behind their ears and sit on an elephant’s knee.

Relaxing under starry Karoo skies
Great weather all year round and plenty of sunshine promise spectacular views and great outdoor living. In the Klein Karoo the full moon is more beautiful and the stars much brighter than anywhere else in the world!

Horseback Safaris
Game viewing on horseback is also an option – guests will be escorted by a trained guide to get a closer view of game roaming the vast undulating hills.

Guided Nature walks
Early birds can take a guided nature walk into the veld to appreciate the splendour of indigenous Karoo succulents and fynbos or catch up on their bird watching.

Summer Sundowner Trips
Come and enjoy the amazing Karoo sunsets up at our Spioenkop view point, while sipping on a glass of sparkling wine. Watch the sunset over Oudtshoorn.

Meerkat Adventures
Experience wild meerkats in their natural environment.
Experience them brushing their teeth and combing their hair before They go of to breakfast.


Tours in and around Oudtshoorn


Oudtshoorn - Abseiling & Kayaking

Enjoy an abseiling experience like never before and a relaxed paddle down a very gentle stream in the karoo!


Oudtshoorn - Adventure

Enjoy an abseiling experience like never before and a wet and dirty scramble through an interesting cave with beautiful formations. A unique experience!


Oudtshoorn - Adventure

Enjoy some Quad Biking, Abseiling and Caving with helmets and headlamps!


Oudtshoorn - Ballooning

Drifting on a gentle breeze, you will enjoy a sense of peace and tranquility; Enjoying the panoramic view of Oudtshoorn and the majestic Swartberg Mountain range, which will stay with you forever...


Oudtshoorn - Cango Ostrich

Tours will include: the eggs, incubators and chicks; to hug and kiss a super friendly female – Betsie; to feed the ostriches by hand; to sit on the ostriches and for the daring type, to... ride the ostriches (weight limit 75kg)!


Oudtshoorn - Cultural

Experience South African tradition like never before. Experience our foods and traditional dances in the safety of our professional guides.


Oudtshoorn - Hiking

Hiking in the Garden Route has become  very popular. The Karoo boasts scenic beauty and astonishing views from the Swartberg mountains. Enjoy a relatively easy walk to an absolutely stunning waterfall and rock pool where you can swim in private, nobody in sight! Th...


Oudtshoorn - Quad Biking

Experience Quad Biking in the Little Karoo! Follow a lovely trail close to the Swartberg Mountains (A World Heritage Site) to the beautiful 80m high Rust & Vrede waterfall.


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